Attendees at Governors Ball’s main stage during The 1975’s set on Saturday afternoon (left pic) and moments after being told to evacuate after Nas’s set on Sunday night.

Legitimately dangerous weather marred the last day of this year’s Governors Ball, overshadowing what was otherwise an awesome event. Friday was gorgeous and the late rain predicted for Saturday never came. Whenever possible, attendees enjoyed the relatively mud-free man-made meadow on Randall’s Island’s western edge. But a mandatory evacuation on Sunday didn’t make anyone happy, and some thought its implementation was downright unsafe.

Friday main stage openers Deal Casino (right pic) alongside their audience.

Forty-eight hours before all that, artists were blessed with sunshine all afternoon. Asbury Parkers Deal Casino opened up the main stage while, across the lawn at the Bud Light Dive Bar stage, rapper and Post Malone friend Tyla Yaweh blew out candles during a birthday performance.

Tyla Yaweh blowing out his birthday candles (center pic) during his set on Friday afternoon.

After Jeremy Zucker rocked the American Eagle stage, a huge group of fans followed him to watch a second set at the Dive Bar stage.

Jeremy Zucker (lower left pic) with his audience at the conclusion of his set at Bud Light Dive Bar stage.

Just up the path, Blood Orange and Lil Wayne were heating up the Bacardi stage, but I made tracks to catch Julian Casablancas’ sideband The Voidz (his main act, The Strokes, ended up getting rained out).

Left pic: Gordo’s Cantina owner JR Savage with his wife Paulina. Right pic: Attendee Anna with her daughter Eva during the Voidz set.

JR Savage, owner of Long Island City’s Mexican street-food restaurant Gordo’s Cantina, was running two food stalls and loving it, considering he had just paid $80 per ticket to see The Voidz at Market Hotel last month.

Staff members of Walter’s Hot Dogs (left) and Gordo’s Cantina (right).

Afterwards, Savage invited me for chicken tacos and steak nachos. “It’s getting busy now that it’s late,” he said. “The older crowd is getting off work right now and they buy the drinks, which leads to food. Hopefully tomorrow will be a fuller day for us.” I thought about those words after Sunday’s cancelation and felt bad for the vendors who had to truck their service equipment home after an already brief day of sales. Lots of folks at the festival might have gotten wet, but others really took a bath.

Bands Easy Life (top left) and Sunflower Bean (lower left) and rapper Ric Wilson on Saturday afternoon.

I finished off Friday with Tyler the Creator’s stellar performance and returned Saturday afternoon to catch a great lineup of bands including UK’s Easy Life and NYC darlings Sunflower Bean. Back at the Dive Bar stage, I caught rising vocalist Vincint and celebrated the start of Pride Month by hoisting rainbow-colored cans of Bud Light with GLAAD partnership director Amhir Hidalgo. The beer had supported the LGBTQ acceptance organization for 20 years. “We’ve always thought that it was brave of them to sponsor us that early on,” Hidalgo said.

Left: GLAAD Senior Partnerships Director Amhir Hidalgo (top left pic, 2nd from left) with the Bud Light’s promotional team. Right: Vincint after his Saturday afternoon performance.

The afternoon continued with a sweet set from young frontwoman Clairo and a killer one from electronic artist Zhu.

Attendees during Clairo’s main stage performance on Saturday afternoon.

Fair weather allowed powerhouses The 1975 and Florence and The Machine to really excite their audiences and even reach out to touch them.

Fans of Florence and The Machine alongside the merch staff during the headlining the band’s set on Saturday night.

That night’s craziest performance came when Major Lazer turned the former driving range into a dance hall with flames shooting high off the stage. The supergroup’s DJ half, Diplo, didn’t disappoint, and when MC’s Jillionare and Walshy Fire were joined by  for the mega-track “Lean On,” it was all hands on deck.

Fans of The 1975 (left) and Major Lazer (right) during their sets on Saturday night.

On Sunday, I walked from Astoria with attendees who waited out a six-hour weather delay and came in already wearing ponchos.

Attendees walking across the Triborough Bridge on Saturday (right pic) and Sunday (left pic) afternoons.

At the gates, a group of New Yorkers told me the Manhattan pedestrian approach had been closed off due to the late opening, but they were able to simply catch a $12 Uber.

Attendees waiting for Gov Ball’s delayed entry on Sunday.

Openers Lily Allen and Sheck Wes were definitely on their game, but some fans complained about the overlapping sets.

Right: Fans of Lily Allen during her main stage set on Sunday. Left: early attendees with the Statue of Liberty installation.

Others hurried over to catch Washington, D.C., electro-poppers Shaed, whose single “Trampoline” had just that morning hit the top two on the Billboard Alternative chart. They were supposed to open the larger AE stage but were moved to the smaller Dive Bar one, which had to be expanded to handle the group’s growing crowd.

Shaed during their Sunday performance.

Just three hours later, after a predictably on-point performance from Nas, the evacuation order flashed across the screen and attendees booed the stage manager who read it aloud.

Fans and bartenders taking cover from rain during the Nas set on Sunday night.

The cancelation was a mutual decision between the promoters and city authorities and scores of NYPD worked the exits, but that didn’t stop angry attendees from tearing apart an art installation.

Attendees in front of Gov Ball’s murals by local street artists.

The Triborough Bridge, which had been a scenic garnish to Gov Ball’s musical meal, was a veritable water slide during the walk home. One Instagrammer described “a giant stampede of people tearing down all barriers and fences” on their way out. Having experienced a lightning-storm cancellation at last year’s Panorama Fest, I could only shrug as I crossed the half-mile bridge with a huge group of disappointed youth all over again.

Details about Sunday’s cancelation and ticket refund information can be found at the Governors Ball website. The festival will hold a Reddit “ask me anything” today, June 4, at 1pm.

Attendees as the sun set on Sunday.
Left pic: Aaron Aye after his performance. Right pic: Fans of Nas during his main stage set on Sunday night.
Right: Fans of Lily Allen during her main stage set on Sunday. Left: early attendees with the Statue of Liberty installation.
Balloon Chain founder Robert Bose (top pic, at left) alongside attendees under his annual chain of balloons.
Photographer Matthew Eller (right pic) alongside fellow fans during ZHU’s performance.
Attendees hanging out between bands near the Honda stage.
Live Nation Senior Art Director Louis Zuniga (lower left pic, at left) with his co-workers alongside other industry guests in the Freeloaders Zone on Friday.
Early attendees on Friday.