Saturday, May 18, 2024

Governor’s Ball — Plagued by COVID Fears — Now Giving Away Unsold Tickets to Vaccinated NYC Teens


The Governor’s Ball — a huge outdoor weekend rock festival — has been flogging tickets for weeks. They have huge amounts unsold. They even produced a commercial with Billie Eilish begging fans to come see her. Eilish’s Friday night line up on September 24th and Post Malone’s on the 26th, are hurting in the sales department.

So today new Governor Kathy Hochul — whose title of Governor has nothing to do with the festival — announced the state will give away tickets to teens who get vaccinated.

The tickets will be available to teens who get their first shot at Mosholu Montefiore Community Center in the Bronx, or at Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens in Astoria, Hochul announced.

Right now it’s the first 125, but wait and see if this works, more free tickets will be available.

The Governor’s Ball takes place in CitiField, home of the Mets, next weekend. DaBaby was originally scheduled to play, but he was dropped like a hot potato after his anti-gay comments.

For weeks, the producers have insisted that their three day passes were sold out but they had tickets to the Friday and Sunday shows. They’ve never sold out. It’s not because the acts are bad or unpopular. It’s because people are scared, rightly so, of going to a festival with 40,000 people and coming home with COVID. A t shirt is always a better souvenir.


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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