9 Underrated Acts at Gov Ball 2017 That You Absolutely Cannot Miss

The sun is out (for now), the weather is finally warming up and Governors Ball 2017 is less than twenty-four hours away, so ready your body glitter, your cut-off shorts, and set your out-of-office emails.

If you missed your chance to grab a free set of VIP tickets this past Monday, you can still grab a 3 Day pass, but splurge for VIP (it’s more than worth it, with all that drinking and heat you’ll be purple flower grateful for some AC.)

With 50+ acts in just three days, the weekend is sure to be a li'l overwhelming. Be sure to download the Governors Ball app to always have a copy of the festival map and lineup on hand.

Even better– plug these can't miss acts into your schedule on the app, so you can make time to grab a beer from the Miller Light Tent without missing a beat.

If you've got different weekend plans, you can still check out Gov Ball's playlist on Spotify, but for the rest of you– we'll see you there!

Friday, June 2nd

1. MUNA (1:30-2:15 @ Gov Ball NYC Stage)

Their look: three badass women. Their sound: somewhere between dark pop and goth electronica. MUNA is an LA-based trio that began to work together after discovering their musical chemistry at a college party jam session.

Known for keeping all gender-based pronouns out of their songs, the band hopes to inspire younger people to embrace their identities.


Check out their debut album, About U, released earlier this year.

2. Francis and the Lights (2:15-3:00 @ Bacardi Stage)

Accompanied by the stage- and pixel-lights, Francis Farewell Starlite is Francis and the Lights. The music veteran has worked with Kanye West, Bon Iver, and Drake just to name a few.

Most recently his song May I Have This Dance, featuring Chance the Rapper, has been playing on the radio.

Chance is slated to play later Friday night. Fingers crossed he’ll make a cameo on the stage with Francis too.

3. Majid Jordan (8:45-9:45 @ Bacardi Stage)

The Toronto-based, OVO-signed duo have been on our radar since being featured on Drake’s, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. Singer Majid Al Maskati and producer Jordan Ullman are known for their melodic R&B melodies and dance electronic beats, the two will easily provide the opportunity to get lost in the music.

Catch and vibe with Majid Jordan on the Bacardi Stage at 8:45PM.

Saturday, June 3rd

4. Jessie Reyez (12:15-12:45 @ Honda Stage)

“I like to sing about shit I don't like to talk about.” Jessie Reyez does just that.

A heartbreaking voice, piercing honest lyrics, and a beautiful woman. 12:15 on a Saturday doesn’t even feel early anymore.

5. YG (3:45-4:45 @ Big Apple Stage)

Because, who do you love?

This Compton native has released two critically acclaimed albums and has just announced the relaunch of his brand, 4 Hunnid, as a unisex lifestyle Brand.

6. Rüfüs du Sol (5:45-6:45 @ Bacardi Stage)

Known as RÜFÜS, or RÜFÜS DU SOL due to a trademark issue in the US, this Australian atmospheric dance pop group has been on everyone’s radar since the drop of their debut album Atlas in 2014.

Sunday, June 4th

7. The Avalanches (5:45-6:45 @ Bacardi Stage)

After working for over a decade, The Avalanches have finally followed up their critically acclaimed Since I Left You with Wildflower, and it was worth the wait.

Come boogie in front of the Bacardi stage and pretend you’re in love with the MTA booth lady too.

8. SAINt JHN (1:30-2:15 @ Honda Stage)

SAINt JHN is a Brooklyn native with Guyanese roots and the proof is in his melodic bars.

His resumé incudes song-writing credits for Usher, Kiesza, and Joey Bada$$. After a decade of writing songs for other people, SAINt JHN reclaimed his talents for himself and in 2016 he posted “1999” to Soundcloud.


The moody rap track quickly caught traction and SAINT JHN’s has been working on music for himself ever since. Look out for the release of Collection Vol. 1 later this year.

9. Royal Blood (4:45-5:45PM @ Honda Stage)

Royal Blood is a British duo known for an addictive blend of blues, garage, and psychedelic rock.

Be sure to catch them out Sunday night in between a few snacks from the Infatuation Village.

[Feature Image Courtesy Youtube] 

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