Drake owns fever­ish crowd at NYC ball

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE - BY MES­FIN FEKADU

Drake didn’t have a band, but the fever­ish au­di­ence at Gov­er­nors Ball played along like they were on­stage with the mul­ti­plat­inum rap­per Fri­day night.

Drake head­lined the first night of the three-day fes­ti­val on Randall’s Is­land in New York City, work­ing the stage from left to right as he ran through his cat­a­log of hits, from “Started From the Bot­tom” to “The Motto” to “Know Your­self,” the an­themic song from his lat­est al­bum, “If You’re Read­ing This It’s Too Late.” Dur­ing the track, a fan jumped on­stage and danced at the edge of it, but was quickly pulled away by se­cu­rity.

Drake was just en­er­getic and ex­cited dur­ing his 75-minute per­for­mance, which fea­tured his mu­sic play­ing in the back­ground in­stead of a live band. He jumped around in su­per slim black pants and a neon hoodie al­most as bright as the fire­works that burst near the end of his set.

He called the au­di­ence of 50,000 “the best fes­ti­val crowd I’ve ever seen in my life.”

“I put that on ev­ery­thing. I put that on my momma, too,” he said.

Drake said mul­ti­ple times he loved the crowd so much he may be ready to bring his Cana­di­an­based mu­sic fes­ti­val, OVO Fest, to the Big Ap­ple.

“You want me to bring the OVO Fest to New York?” the Canadian rap­per asked. “I may have to bring Kanye out ... I might have to bring Bey­once out ... Me, Lil Wayne and Nicki Mi­naj.”

He owned the crowd, dot­ted with signs that ranged from Drake’s re­cent al­bum cover to an el­e­men­tary school photo of the 28-year-old per­former. Some women stood on top of the neck of friends to get a bet­ter view of Drake in the packed crowd; guys did, too, stand­ing on top of their friends and singing along ex­cit­edly to “Hold On, We’re Go­ing Home.”

The three-day Gov­er­nors Ball will in­clude per­for­mances by dead­mau5, Bjork, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Lana Del Rey and A-Trak, who will DJ a spe­cial set at the Sam­sung Lounge af­ter the Black Keys close the fes­ti­val Sun­day.

Fri­day’s show also in­cluded Charli XCX, St. Vin­cent, Chromeo and Florence + the Ma­chine, whose lead singer made her re­turn to a fes­ti­val af­ter break­ing her foot in April at the Coachella Val­ley Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val in In­dio, Cal­i­for­nia.

“I keep for­get­ting I broke my foot,” Florence Welch said. “But it’s get­ting bet­ter.”

She ran across the stage bare­foot as she belted songs from “Shake It Off” to “Sweet Noth­ing,” her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Calvin Har­ris.

Welch was in a cel­e­bra­tory mood — prob­a­bly be­cause she re­leased a new al­bum this week — and she grew ex­cited when she saw a fan’s sign that read, “Hug?” “Crowd surf and I’ll give you one.”

The young girl made it to the stage, where Welch met her, brought her up to hug the band and to watch the rest of her set, which closed with the up­beat hit, “Dog Days Are Over.”

“I won’t jump ‘cause my foot is a lit­tle iffy. Doesn’t mean you can’t!” she ex­claimed.

AP

(Above) Florence + the Ma­chine, lead by Florence Welch, per­forms at The Gov­er­nors Ball Mu­sic Fes­ti­val at Randall’s Is­land Park on Fri­day, June 5. (Right) Con­cert­go­ers on the grounds of The Gov­er­nors Ball Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on Fri­day.

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