Stop Sleepin' on 'Em: 5 Underrated Acts You Must Check Out at Governors Ball This Friday

This year's Governors Ball is right around the corner. And we're HELLA EXCITED. That's right, we'll be there all weekend, bringing you first-hand coverage of all the epicness that's going down. 

And, let's be real, probably elbowing our way through thick crowds of flower-crowned hipsters and e-cig smoke.  

The lineup is super impressive. Kanye West, The Killers, Deathcab for Cutie, and The Strokes are just a few of the headliners set to perform. 

But there's also a ton of lesser known, but equally as talented musicians playing the festival.

These rad artists deserve just as much love as Kanye, even though Kanye would disagree with that statement. 

Check out our roundup of some underrated artists that we're totally psyched to see at Gov Ball this Friday. 


1. The London Souls (12:15 p.m. @ GovBall Stage)

The name may be a bit misleading - this rock duo was formed in 2008, right here in New York City.

These guys know what they're doing. You can't help but jam the hell out when listening to songs like their foot-stomping, straight up rock and roll hit, "Steady." 

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We have no doubt that their set at Gov Ball will be anything but killer.


2. Public Access T.V. (12:45 p.m. @ Big Apple Stage)

These guys have been through it - while on tour last year, they lost their apartment to the devastating fire that destroyed Pomme Frites. 

But they certainly didn't let that stop them; they continued touring and releasing singles in anticipation of their forthcoming record. All of this has resulted in a rather impressive following, which we're sure to see a decent percentage of at the festival. 

We caught up with the NYC-based band to talk about all this and more, and we could not be more excited to catch their set at Gov Ball.

Check out their new music video for their song "Patti Peru", which they dropped earlier next week. 


3. Black Pistol Fire (12:45 p.m. @ Bacardi House Stage)

If you love modern rock with heavy old-school influences, look no further than Black Pistol Fire. 

The Texas-based duo draws inspiration from legends like Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and more. 

Check out the video for one of our fav tracks, "Trigger On My Fire", and be sure to catch their Friday afternoon set. 


4. Meg Mac (1:30 p.m. @ Honda Stage)

If you're curious as to what actual angels sound like, simply listen to Meg Mac perform literally anything. 

The Australian singer has only been on the music scene for about two years, but in that time has released an incredible EP and toured with acts such as Clean Bandit. 

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Our personal fav off her EP is "Every Lie", which she performs flawlessly in the video above. Seriously. The girl has PIPES.


5. Years & Years (3:00 p.m. @ Honda Stage) 

If you love electronica and haven't listened to Years & Years, GET ON THAT! STAT! 

Frontman Olly Alexander's vocals are simultaneously delicate and powerful, and the perfect overlay to the band's incredible synthpop beats. 

The British trio has only released one album thusfar, Communion, but it's so amazing that we don't mind that it's been nearly a year since they've put out new music.

But lucky for us, they did release an update to their song "Desire" earlier this year, featuring the one and only Tove Lo. YAS. 

Check out 21 Can't-Miss Concerts Going Down in NYC This June.

[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram] 

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