Governors Ball Music Festival

The inaugural Governors Ball Music Festival, a Founders Entertainment event, produced by Mad Dog Presents was a one day summer festival that took place June 18th, 2011 on Governors Island.  Governors Island is located just seven minutes by ferry off the southern tip of Manhattan, and the action packed festival featured two stages of non-stop live music, no overlapping sets, interactive art installations, a World Series of Beer Pong Satellite Tournament, summer sports (e.g. basketball and volleyball), a dance competition and dozens of specialty vendors offering food, beer, merchandise, etc. The surplus of entertainment options, amazing weather, and smooth production led to an overwhelming success for The Governors Ball in 2011. Heralded as "the perfect one-day festival" (Rum-Bum) in only its first year, the future looks unusually bright for New York City's hottest up-and-coming summer party. 

Live music performed by Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, Empire of the Sun, Big Boi (Outkast), Neon Indian, People Under the Stairs, Mac Miller, Miami Horror, Das Racist, Passion Pit, Outasight, and Reptar.

Art installations created by Jmmy Huehnle, Sofia Maldonado, R. Nick Kuszyk, Airspace, Daniel Patrick Helmstetter, Ibrahim Ahmed III, Christine Wagner, Ryan Higgins, Joshua Knoblick, Hannah Craft, Brooklyn Treasury, and XAM. 

A portion of proceeds from the event benefited Music Unites, a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music education and programs to under-served communities. Governors Ball and Founders Entertainment were honored to have Music Unites as the 2011 official charity partner. It was an honor to contribute to such a worthy cause that gives back to the community through the power of music. For more info or to make a donation visit

Mad Dog Presents is proud to be the Producers of the inaugural Governors Ball Music Festival, and we look forward to producing many more spectacular events across the country with Founders Entertainment.