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Governors Ball 2016: Bands to see from Bat for Lashes to Thundercat

When Governors Ball started in 2011, few people thought a large-scale music festival could succeed in New York. This year, Governors Ball gets its first major competitor in the Panorama Festival, which will debut in the same Randall’s Island location next month.

While music fans wonder if New York is big enough for two festivals, Governors Ball is moving ahead with a lineup that brings back some of the biggest names from its recent past, including Kanye West, Beck, and The Strokes. They’ll be joined by dozens of other acts such as The Killers, Robyn and Death Cab for Cutie.

But the big names aren’t the only draws. Here are a few bands worth showing up early for each day.

Christine & the Queens

A star in her native France, Christine and
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A star in her native France, Christine and the Queens is the stage name of singer-songwriter-dancer Héloïse Létissie. Her highly theatrical shows, which she says were influenced by Michael Jackson, David Bowie and British drag queen culture, are a compelling complement to her catchy synth pop. (Performs Friday)

Boogie

The latest success story from Compton, Boogie had
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The latest success story from Compton, Boogie had one of last summer's most infectious hip-hop singles with "Oh My." He has expanded his sound with each release, offering a laid-back style and a keen observational eye on topics ranging from fatherhood to the quest for success. His set should give fans an early preview of his upcoming album "Thirst 48 Part 2." (Performs Friday)

Elle King

King, the daughter of actor Rob Schneider, plays
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King, the daughter of actor Rob Schneider, plays old school, roadhouse rock and roll that draws from Elvis Presley and the Black Keys. Her huge voice and equally big personality helped power her song "Ex's & Oh's" into the Top 10 last fall. (Performs Friday)

Eliot Sumner

Sumner is another famous daughter. Her father is
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Sumner is another famous daughter. Her father is Sting. Not surprisingly, Sumner's voice sounds a bit like her dad's, and she has an affinity for the '80s new wave sound that The Police mastered. But her new album, "Information" also contains plenty of modern electro-pop and some hard rock guitars that add an element of darkness to her songs. (Performs Saturday)

Torres

Mackenzie Scott, a.k.a. Torres, writes tough-minded, introspective songs
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Mackenzie Scott, a.k.a. Torres, writes tough-minded, introspective songs in the vein of PJ Harvey. Her latest album, "Sprinter," puts her strong voice and powerful lyrics about topics including spirituality, family and romance, over grunge-era guitars. (Performs Saturday)

Thundercat

Thundercat is a masterful bass player best known
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Thundercat is a masterful bass player best known for his work with Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar (for which he won a Grammy). His own material incorporates 1970s funk, jazz fusion and prog rock. (Performs Saturday)

Tor Miller

Miller, who was born in Brooklyn and attended
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Miller, who was born in Brooklyn and attended NYU, brings some local flavor to Governors Ball. His music falls squarely into the lineage of pop singer-songwriters, encompassing influences from Billy Joel to Jeff Buckley to more recent additions like Hozier. With the record label that broke Mumford & Sons and Chvrches behind him, Miller could be on his way to big things. (Performs Sunday)

Bat for Lashes

Natasha Khan, who records as Bat for Lashes,
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Natasha Khan, who records as Bat for Lashes, makes avant-garde music that is often compared to Kate Bush and Bjork. In her festival appearances this year, she has been previewing songs from her upcoming "The Bride," a concept album about a woman whose husband-to-be is killed on the way to their wedding. (Performs Sunday)

Whitney

Whitney was formed by former members of indie
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Whitney was formed by former members of indie rock band the Smith Westerns, but the new band's sound leans much more to '70s pop and country, incorporating influences like Chicago and the folkier side of Neil Young's catalog. (Performs Sunday)

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