Review: Chappell Roan Dons Statue of Liberty Drag at NYC’s Governors Ball Music Festival

Chappell Roan © N Bradley
Chappell Roan © N Bradley
Chappell Roan stood for liberty and justice for all at New York City’s Governors Ball Music Festival, also debuting her New York-themed song, “Subway.”

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She’s your dream girl’s dream girl and your favorite artist’s favorite artist.

She’s Chappell Roan, and even if she wasn’t headlining Governors Ball, she had one of the largest crowds at the New York City music festival.

After the obligatory “am I gay” quiz projected on the screen, Chappell Roan appeared in a giant apple. She was dressed in green from head to toe. A torch in one hand and a blunt in the other. Her band donned yellow taxi cab outfits, a nod to New York City’s largest music festival.

Chappell Roan opened with the fan-favorite “Femininomenon,” explaining the inspiration behind her drag was “the biggest queen of all” — the Statue of Liberty.

Chappell Roan © N Bradley
Chappell Roan © N Bradley

“But in case you have forgotten what’s etched on my pretty little toes,” she continued. “‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’”

“That means freedom and trans rights. That means freedom and women’s rights, and it especially means freedom for all people in oppressed,” the artist paused, getting visibly emotional. “It especially means freedom for all oppressed people in occupied territories.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Chappell Roan supported Palestine liberation — at her headlining concerts she accepts friendship bracelet donations at her merchandise table. Fans could then purchase those bracelets and 100% of the proceeds were donated to Mercy USA for Gaza Relief.

Additionally, Chappell Roan revealed that she turned down an appearance at the White House after she was invited for LGBTQ Pride Month.

“In response to the White House who asked me to perform for Pride: We want liberty, justice and freedom for all. When you do that, that’s when I’ll come,” Chappell Roan said, introducing “My Kink is Karma.”

Chappell Roan © Roger Ho
Chappell Roan © Roger Ho

Her set included upbeat bops like “Super Graphic Ultra Modern Girl” and more introspective originals like “Casual.” Even if the festival took place in Queens, Chappell Roan jammed out to “Naked in Manhattan.”

The singer also debuted another New York City-esque original, “Subway,” about a romance slipping away and the relief that comes with forgetting.

‘Til I can break your teeth during foreplay,
Trust myself that I won’t say your name.
Yeah, I’m still counting down all of the days,
‘Til you’re just another girl on the subway.
– “Subway,” Chappell Roan

Of course, there was plenty of crowd participation for “HOT TO GO,” with Renee Rapp and G Flip jumping along in the wings.

With this set and her headlining artist-sized audience at the music festival, Chappell Roan proves to be one of today’s most interesting artists. Everything from her outfits to her vocals to her stage presence to what she represents is so refreshing and unpredictable. Wishing her nothing but good luck, babe.

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