Despite the huge number of musicians that call it home, it took a long time for New York to get a festival of its own that could compete with the likes of Bonnaroo and Coachella.

Since launching in 2011 -- more than a decade after the first Coachella -- Governors Ball has quickly become that festival. This year it will be headlined by Drake, Deadmaus, Bjork and The Black Keys. But there are plenty of other acts worth showing up early for. Here are a few:




The Districts - It's fitting that New York's biggest music festival would kick off with a band heavily influenced by The Strokes, The Walkmen and their New York peers from the early 2000s. The standout track from The Districts' new album is even called "4th and Roebling."

Rae Sremmurd - This party-rap duo is a frontrunner for the "most likely to see its name in bigger type at next year's festival" award. The rappers already have two platinum singles to their name ("No Flex Zone" and "No Type"), and with super-producer Mike WiLL Made It behind them and guests like Nicki Minaj and Big Sean on their debut album. It seems like the sky's the limit.

Odesza - The Seattle duo makes electro-pop that strikes a balance between blissful and melancholy. It should sound great on a hazy summer day.




White Lung - In case you forget your morning coffee, White Lung and its powerhouse singer Mish Way will be sure to wake you up. The band's two-minute songs hit with the force of a steamroller, but under the maelstrom are pop hooks and musical intricacies most punk bands can only dream about.

Charlotte OC - British soul singer Charlotte OC's music mixes R&B and moody pop with bits of electronica. Her voice combines elements of Stevie Nicks and Alicia Keys, who OC cites as one of her biggest influences.

Kate Tempest - In consecutive years, Tempest won the U.K.'s prestigious Ted Hughes Award for her poetry, then was nominated for the Mercury Prize for her rapping. Her latest album, "Everybody Down," is one long story of three people navigating drugs, relationships and loneliness in London.

Sharon Van Etten - Van Etten's soulful indie-rock is born of heartbreak, yet also incredibly uplifting, showing that the bad times can be conquered. Live, she brings the crowd into her world, not only through her deeply personal lyrics, but by displaying a fun side of her personality that isn't always apparent on her albums.




Strand of Oaks - Singer-songwriter Tim Showalter turned the pain of his marriage nearly falling apart into the best and most successful album of his career, "HEAL." His cathartic songs incorporate indie rock, folk and synth-pop.

DMAs - DMAs may be an Australian trio, but its sound is straight out of 1990s England, earning it comparisons to Oasis and the Stone Roses.

Sturgill Simpson - Country music is generally underrepresented at big music festivals. Then again, Simpson isn't like most country singers. His deep baritone harks back to Waylon Jennings, but his songs cover topics ranging from religion to psychedelic drugs to science fiction.


If you go:

The Governors Ball Music Festival is on Randall's Island Friday through Sunday. For full ticket and schedule information, go to