Just off the southern tip of Manhattan there’s an island some might call a magical place. Others might just call it Governors Island, but it hosts one of the best venues in all of New York City. Yes, Governors Island is just but one of the many city parks in New York. And yes, it may have been a former military base, but from about mid-May to sometimes as late as October the island transforms into an outdoor venue, formerly known as Governors Beach Club. Well, not the whole island, but it is one of the only parks in the city that hosts regular electronic dance music events. Sure you can catch Governor’s Ball and Electric Zoo at Randall’s sland, but only Governors Island will host regular events all summer long. Nowhere else in the city though will give the breath-taking views of the downtown Manhattan skyline. For partygoers, it really is a surreal experience…to celebrate music on an island in New York Harbor with the water and skyline in the background. This is all part of the magic and what makes Governors Island so special. Take a look back at last summer though and the electronic dance music events on the island were few and far between. There was perhaps only one event of note, which was hosted by Victor Calderone bringing his Matter+ party to the outdoor venue on the island.
So, yes, music will definitely be back on the island, this time being produced by RPM Presents. Already, a handful of events have been announced with some heavy-hitters not only in the techno genre but trance and EDM as well. Headliners so far include Hardwell, Carl Cox, and Tiesto all playing separate dates each bringing in their own special guests. Hyte will be back in New York for their 2nd installment hitting the island on July 2 to celebrate Independence Day weekend. Hyte is a global event series that hosts events in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Ibiza with their events hosting usually international DJs and techno-heavy lineups. This is the event Underground Music Mag is most excited for as the lineup will include Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettman, Rødhad, Matrixxman, Julia Govor, Collabs: Chris Liebing & Speedy J, Loco Dice, Maya Jane Coles, Jackmaster, and Peggy Gou across two stages. A lineup stacked as heavy as this has not hit New York since Timewarp’s first and only edition in 2015 so you’ll want to catch this event if you can. Tickets are already on sale with some of your early release tickets already sold out. To get more information visit Hyte.net.
When it comes to the venue this time around, what can those attending expect? The last venue, pinned as more of a beach club, was somewhat of a small space, with one stage,
and not really much else. What we do know about the new venue is that there will now be two stages instead of the one stage. RPM Presents plans to expand the overall space of the venue to other vacant parts of the island giving room for a second stage and improved VIP spaces. Upon completion, the entire space of the venue will encompass six acres with hopes of incorporating art, culture, and food. The venue this time around will certainly have more of a festival vibe if all comes together as planned. Either way, Governors Club will be a new and improved space to hear all the best artists this summer, and at a relatively affordable price when compared to some of the festivals hitting New York City this summer. For more information on Governors Island or the new Governors Club, you can visit GovIsland.com or RPMpresents for specific event information.