New York City’s biggest music festival Governors Ball took place at the weekend (May 31-June 2), and the line-up was filled with some of Britain’s biggest bands and artists.
Lily Allen, Florence + the Machine and The 1975 all performed across the three-day event, with Lily singing confessional new song ‘Party Line’, which is yet to be released.
The track sees Lily admit regret over some of her past behaviour, questioning who she may have offended by ‘running her mouth’ and ‘losing her mind’, and acknowledging that she could get away with more back in 2009 – the year her second album It’s Not Me, It’s You was released.
The lyrics include the lines: “Why can’t I go back? Oh, why can’t I rewind? Who did I offend? ‘Cause I can be unkind” and “What I got away with, when youth was on my side, maybe it was cuter in 2009.”
Proudly sporting a jacket that featured the NHS logo on one arm and the Three Lions badge on the other, Lily also used the show to take a jab at “f**king loser” US President Donald Trump, dedicating her song ‘F**k You’ to him.
“I don’t what the f**k is going on,” she told the crowd of today’s political climate. “Be fearful – you should be.”
Florence + the Machine, who headlined the second day of the festival, also touched on social issues during her performance – and dedicated one track in particular to a Game of Thrones heroine.
Ahead of playing ‘Patricia’, which was written in homage to singer-songwriter Patti Smith, Florence hit out at “toxic masculinity” and told the audience: “American women, you deserve so much better.”
She said that any fans planning to buy band merchandise should donate their money to the American Civil Liberties Union instead.
The singer also performed ‘Jenny of Oldstones’, which was created for the final season of Game of Thrones, and although it’s about the character of Jenny, Florence introduced it by saying “this one’s for Arya Stark”.
Meanwhile, Manchester band The 1975, who have had two albums reach the Top 5 of the US Billboard 200, echoed Florence’s sentiments about equality.
The group’s hit single ‘Love It if We Made It’ – a criticism of today’s political and social climate – was met with a huge reaction, as frontman Matty Healy told the crowd to ’empower women’, adding: “That’s f**king logic.”
The festival, which took place on Randalls Island, was also headlined by US rapper Tyler, the Creator, while The Strokes’ set on the third day was cancelled following severe weather.