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Who is the secret band on the Governors Ball lineup?

Written by
Andrew Frisicano

In December, the organizers of Governors Ball stoked speculation about the fest's lineup with a series of mysterious clues. Now that the GovBall lineup has been announced, those questions are answered—mostly. The fest's poster still features a large, crossed-out name, presumably for an act to be announced at a later date, and the rumor mill is already churning out guesses, mostly based around the spacing and the fact that there seems to be an L peeking out.

What is that fun surprise coming to NYC June 1–3? Here are some guesses.

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1. Lana Del Rey

Lana has an upcoming NYC-area concert in New Jersey, so it makes sense that she'd be held off this poster until it passes. She played GovBall in 2015, and yet...we're not entirely convinced.

2. LCD Soundsystem

The band headlined Panorama Fest in 2016 and since then has gigged approximately a thousand times at Brooklyn Steel. Its name would be pretty squished on the given posted space, but it is possible. 

3. Lorde

She played the festival in 2017, but that was before the release of her sterling sophomore album, Melodrama. She has an NYC stadium show in March, and her current tour wraps up at the end of May, leaving a few days to potentially trek back for GovBall.

3. Lorde and SZA

As someone on Reddit noted, it doesn't necessarily have to be only one name that's blocked out. And a SZA-Lorde twofer would add considerable star power to the lineup.

4. Lord Huron

The indie-folk band is probably the front runner based solely on the poster below and the spacing provided, but actually who knows? It's just a poster.

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