Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Pandemic Panic: NYC’s 3 Day Music Fest Governor’s Ball Straining to Sell Tickets for Shows Starring Billie Eilish, Post Malone


As the actual governor of New York is in trouble, so too is the Governor’s Ball.

The three day music fest set for September 24th weekend at CitiField is straining to sell tickets. Capacity is set at 40,000 tickets per day.

The Ball says it sold out its three day passes, but keeps pushing sales of individual tickets for Friday and Sunday of the weekend. Friday’s show is toplined by Billie Eilish, Sunday’s show is headlined by Post Malone. (DaBaby was dropped from the Eilish night because of his homophobic remarks this summer. He was never replaced.)

I was able to reserve 6 tickets for each show with no trouble this morning. (I released them before purchase.) This means that there are plenty of tickets available for both Friday and Sunday.

Only the Saturday show is sold out, with a hot line up of ASAP Rocky, J Balvin, Megan Thee Stallion, and Phoebe Bridgers the A list performers with a dozen or so support acts.

But it’s not the acts that are keeping buyers away. It’s definitely fear of COVID even though the show is outside in the Mets’ ballfield.

The Governor’s Ball is only feeling the pinch of all large gatherings, inside or outside for this fall. Big stars like Garth Brooks and Stevie Nicks have cancelled stadium shows. They know the fans are wary, and that without 100% vaccinations, the whole enterprise is shaky.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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