The Strokes Will Make Live Return at New York City Festival

By Zigz | Thursday, January 16, 2014 

The Strokes

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The Strokes will make their first live appearance since 2011 on June 6th, when the band will headline the first night of the annual Governor's Ball festival on Randall's Island in New York City. According to Rolling Stone, the three-day event will also feature sets from Outkast, Jack White and Vampire Weekend. But the real coup is landing the Strokes, who have not played in three years and who have been the subject of break-up rumors since the release of their latest album, Comedown Machine, in 2013 -- for which they did no promotion or touring at all.

Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. told us a while back that the band intentionally keeps away from becoming too busy: "It's just something we learned, you know. Even though people want you to do this or that sometimes, you have to learn how to say no, and just know that if you keep on going, you'll end up doing it later, and you can't always do everything, 'cause it gets to be too much. As much fun as it is, and as great as it is, it gets to be too much, and when you're not enjoying yourself, then you've lost the reason why you even started to do it."

  • Three-day passes for the festival are already on sale starting at $230, with tickets to individual days going on sale at a later date.
  • The full 68-artist lineup will also include Foster The People, Interpol, Blur's Damon Albarn, Phoenix, Skrillex and a solo set from Strokes singer Julian Casablancas.
  • Last year's Governor's Ball featured performances from Guns N' RosesKanye West and Kings Of Leon, although the latter had to reschedule their set after unsafe weather conditions cut the festival's first day short.