Among the many exclusive New York City events, The Governors Ball Music Festival is definitely in the top tier.

To kick off the festival this year, REVOLT in conjunction with RNBHouseParty put together “the Gov Ball After Dark” which was a rather exclusive pre-party for the weekend’s festivities. The VIP event took place Friday, June 2 at Rooftop 760, and incorporated not only a number of surprises but also a special live performance by Harlem’s very own Dave East.

However, his appearance at the location was not only limited to his performance, for as the clock struck midnight, Dave also celebrated his 29th birthday and was surprised during his set with a custom birthday cake presented by some of his close friends; which was seemingly a pleasant surprise. Along with Dave, other special guests included radio personality Angela Yee, actor/singer-songwriter Mack Wilds, as well as rapper Taylor Bennett.

The party seems like a great way to celebrate not only the start of one of NYC’s biggest music festivals but also the quality of today’s east coast Hip Hop.

Photos provided by Andrew Delamata / Walik Goshorn