This summer’s big music festivals are headlined by big artists, in unexpected, eye-popping combinations like Paul McCartney and Wu-Tang at Bonnaroo or Kanye West and Guns N’ Roses at Governor’s Ball. But if you get too caught up in the hype on the main stages in prime time slots, you may miss out on one of the best things about the best music festivals: Discovering new artists and seeing which ones can back up the buzz with killer live shows. The following 10 acts are new to the festival circuit, and many will be playing on smaller stages in the early afternoon. But with their talent, don’t expect them to stay there for long. And for you, seeing these stars-to-be rock a key breakthrough festival gig before they get mega-famous means infinite bragging rights.
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