11 Bands To See If You Like These Governors Ball Headliners

So, you’re going to Gov Ball? Here are some lineup gems that sound just as good as your old favorites.

1. Do you love The Strokes?

2. 1. You should catch Drowners.

Fronted by Brit male model Matthew Hitt, this American-Welsh rock band’s indie rock love songs pair nicely with The Strokes’ early albums. They’re playing the Big Apple Stage at 12:45 on Friday.

3. Ready to see Grimes in all her glory?

4. 2. Then you might also want to see Tanlines.

The NYC indie synth-pop band’s layered music would make a great addition to Grimes’ set. They play the Big Apple stage at 2:15 on Saturday.

5. Are you so stoked to see Vampire Weekend?

6. 3. Be sure to see Little Comets.

The Newcastle band shares the same subtly tropical and upbeat, drum-thumping pop-rock sound as the American headliners. They’ll be playing Friday at The Honda Stage at 12:15pm.

7. Is seeing Phoenix the most important event on your schedule?

8. 4. You should check out Little Daylight.

Phoenix fans will dig this Brooklyn trio’s sweet and addictive synth-pop. They’re playing Friday at 12:45 at the Gotham Tent.

9. Are you a Foster The People obsessive?

10. 5. Definitely see PAPA.

The LA band’s booming, choral pop anthems demand the same sing-alongs that Foster The People’s classics do. They’ll be playing at 1:30pm on Saturday at GovBall NYC Stage.

11. Are you excited to see Interpol?

12. 6. Catch Deafheaven.

While Deafhaven’s screamo shoegaze is arguably heavier than Interpol’s post-punk revival, both bands are the darkest acts on Gov Ball’s bill. Catch them at 2:15 at the Gotham Tent on Saturday.

13. Is James Blake #1 on your must-see list?

14. 7. Then you should also see BANKS.

Her sultry and soulful electronica plays like a poppier version of James Blake’s minimalism. She plays at 2:15 on Sunday at the Gotham Tent.

15. Are you a big fan of Jack White?

16. 8. Then make sure to see Diarrhea Planet.

The band’s throaty, screaming old school rock and roll would pair well Jack White’s music. The band plays Saturday at 12:45 at the Big Apple Stage.

17. Are you going to freak out over OutKast?

18. 9. Then you need Chance The Rapper in your life.

The young Chicago rapper plays with a full band and shares Outkast’s imagination and sense of humor. See him Saturday at 3:45 at the Gotham Tent.

19. You’re probably already preparing to dance to La Roux, right?

20. 10. Then you should swing by AlunaGeorge’s set.

The English pop duo make electronic dance songs that would get any La Roux fan moving. See them perform Sunday at 3:45 on the Gotham Tent’s stage.

21. And are you insanely excited to freak out to Skrillex?

22. 11. Well, nothing sounds like Skrillex, but you should see Disclosure anyway.

The brotherly duo makes ethereal EDM music and you can catch them at 4:45 on the Honda Stage on Saturday.

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