November 11th, 2014, (New York, NY) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Founders Entertainment, today announced The Governors Ball three-day music festival will return to Randall’s Island in 2015 from June 5th-7th. A limited amount of pre-sale tickets will go on-sale Thursday, November 13 at 12pm EST at www.govball.com, and the lineup for the fifth year festival will be announced in mid January.
The 2015 date announcement comes on the heels of an economic impact study of Governors Ball 2014 that found the festival generated $40 million in economic benefits for New York City. More than 350 new jobs were created and $20 million in wages were earned. Many of the jobs and economic benefits were created in the East Harlem and South Bronx communities, which surround Randall’s Island.
“We’re thrilled to welcome our city’s own music festival, Governors Ball back for another year, but the success of their work goes far beyond the stages of Randall’s Island, touching New Yorkers’ lives all over the city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The Governors Ball gives back to our city through its local hiring initiatives, small business partnerships and donations to local and citywide charities, including giving to the Mayor’s Fund after the East Harlem tragedy this spring.”
“Governors Ball not only put on a great festival but did so by forging local partnerships and creating jobs for our community,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “We look forward to strengthening the bond we’ve developed over the past several years and welcoming back what is sure to be an amazing line up of music, food and entertainment next June.”
“Governors Ball has been a terrific partner for the past four years, attracting tens of thousands of new visitors to Randall’s Island while also advancing a public good,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “We look forward to working together again to make 2015 our most successful year yet.”
Governors Ball co-founder Tom Russell of Founders Entertainment said, “Each year we have grown bigger and better, drawing larger crowds, booking amazing acts, and finding new ways of helping our city and community. We are hoping to make 2015 our biggest year yet by bringing new talent to the city along with exciting new opportunities for further supporting our neighbors and partnering with local businesses. We thank Mayor De Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito and our incredible partners on Randall’s Island whose support has helped make Governors Ball an annual world-class music event.”
Created and nurtured by Tom Russell, Jordan Wolowitz, and Yoni Reisman, three New Yorkers, The Governors Ball is the city’s only homegrown music festival and maintains a long track record of giving back to its community by working with, and donating to local organizations, non-profits, and community groups. Last year, the festival hired hundreds of local residents from East Harlem and the South Bronx, partnered with dozens of local NYC food vendors, and donated $10,000 to the Mayor’s Fund in support of the victims of the East Harlem building explosion.