6:15 p.m. The blazing sun has finally set. 6lack brings some much needed calm to the American Eagle Stage, which matches the descending temperatures perfectly. “I was at a bad record label, a bad relationship,” the singer tells the audience in regards to his debut album Free 6lack. “I took some time out from recording my next album to be with y’all today, and I feel free. Freer than I ever been.” 6lack then proceeds to perform an electric guitar-riddled rendition “Free” that is heightened by a crushing bassline. -- B.G.
6:58 p.m. Halsey jams out side-stage at Post Malone’s set, singing along to his Beerbongs & Bentleys hit “Better Now.” (She’ll take the stage herself today.) -- T.C.
7:15 p.m. A group high school graduates, still in their white caps and gowns, rush through the entrance just in time to catch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O performing “Heads Will Roll.” -- T.C.
7:20 p.m. Just as he is about to dig deep into Stoney highlight “Go Flex,” Post Malone notices that something is f within the waves screaming fans in the audience. “Hold on, someone needs help down there,” the concerned rapper exclaims, immediately gaining the attention the festival’s medical team. Fortunately, the young female fan is rescued and taken away to receive proper care. It's an empathetic gesture from Post and also a huge reminder that safety is essential at jam-packed festivals like these. -- B.G.
7:29 p.m. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are about to play "Maps" in New York City, and that's a big deal. "This one's dedicated to the ones you've loved and lost," frontwoman Karen O tells the hometown audience from the main stage. Before it gets going, various bandmates' family members and "all the moms" in the audience are shouted out, setting the stage for the Yeah Yeah Yeah's signature song. It does not disappoint. -- C.P.
7:51 p.m. "Zero" rocked earlier, but there's one more modern classic from 2009's It's Blitz! to grace the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' set. It's the euphoric rocker "Heads Will Roll," reminding fans how well the YYY's third album has aged, and revving up anticipation for their forthcoming fifth studio album. -- C.P.
8:00 p.m. As the biggest reggae act to perform this weekend, Damian Marley adds a jolt Island-tinged authenticity to the festival. The singer is completely unbiased, welcoming those who may not have heard him until now and thanking those who have been longtime fans since his first record. He keeps the crowd swaying just as if they were in Jamaica, ripping through fan favorites like “Set Up Shop,” “Beautiful,” “Medication,” a cover his father’s political anthem “War,” “The Mission” and his breakout crossover smash, “Welcome to Jamrock.” So what makes everyone come together in the end? Well, their undying love for marijuana, course. -- B.G.
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10:08 p.m. Jack White is holding it down on the main stage, a plethora memorable tracks from the White Stripes, Raconteurs and his recent solo albums keeping the Gov Ball crowd captivated. White diehards come for the riffage first and foremost, but even acoustic jams are winners; in this case, the White Stripes' '01 schoolyard singalong "We're Going to Be Friends" is a nostalgic triumph. -- C.P.
10:49 p.m. Day One Gov Ball is in the books, but not before the performance one the millennium's greatest stadium anthems. Jack White and his band burn through "Seven Nation Army," the immortal bass line sending the masses home happy. See you tomorrow for Day Two! -- C.P.