Judah & the Lion covers The Killers & T-Pain, Royal Blood plays new songs & more at Gov Ball 2017

Governors Ball Music FestivalThe 2017 Governors Ball festival took place last weekend in New York City, and featured sets from Tool, Lorde and Phoenix. Here’s a few other things that happened:

In between playing their singles “Suit and Jacket” and “Take It All Back,” Judah & the Lion peppered in a few covers into their set, including The Killers‘ “Mr. Brightside.” They also threw in the “Hey ho” refrain from The Ramones‘ “Blitzkrieg Bop,” and even a dance-filled, auto-tuned performance of the T-Pain song “Booty Wurk.”

“Obviously people are coming to see their artists that they love, but they’re also discovering new bands and new music to listen to,” frontman Judah Akers tells ABC Radio. “So a thing like ‘Booty Wurk’ can kinda like open up a crowd to us even though they…maybe [don’t] listen to our music, and know that we’re here to have a fun time with ’em.”

Royal Blood previewed new songs from their forthcoming sophomore album How Did We Get So Dark?

“[Lead single] ‘Lights Out’ has gone on really well [live], and ‘Hook, Line & Sinker,'” says bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr. “‘Cause they’re kinda out in the world so people are enjoying them, which is nice.”

It rained in the middle of Mondo Cozmo‘s set, ironically during the song “Shine.”

“It seems to be happening a lot,” frontman Josh Ostrander laughs. “I’m worried we’re the band that brings the weather to all these festivals. ‘Cause it’s happened like two or three times so far.

The Strumbellas closed their set with their breakthrough single “Spirits.” “When we play [‘Spirits’] people just get right into it right away and start dancing and singing along,” says violinist/vocalist Izzy Ritchie. “I think it’s one of our favorite parts of the set, for sure.”

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