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Meadows Festival 2016 Lineup Best Of The Rest: Temper Trap, Bas, Zella Day & More

By Ryan Middleton ryan.middleton@musictimes.com | Sep 30, 2016 03:58 PM EDT

The countdown to Meadows Festival is on in earnest with less than 24 hours to go and we are here to prep you for the weekend. Everyone knows about the top of the lineup with names like Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, The Weeknd and Grimes among those performing. However it is early on in the day with the shorter sets that can be more difficult to navigate. Let us help with five names that you should keep in mind such as Zella Day, Temper Trap and Bas.

1. Temper Trap:

Australian indie rock band Temper Trap took four years in between albums, but released their new LP Thick As Thieves in June. It does not disappoint and they will be ready to go on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. on The Meadows stage. It will be a hip-hop heavy day, so get in some indie rock with the Temper Trap early on.

2. Bas:

Dreamville Records signee, Bas, is ready to come in ahead of J. Cole's headlining performance and warm up the festival grounds on Saturday. He is on Linden Blvd from 1:15 to 2 p.m. He released his second studio album Too High to Riot earlier this year and is consistently putting out quality new music. He is a name on the rise so get here early before he is someone who is playing later on.

3. Zella Day:

We have sung the praises of Arizona singer Zella Day before, naming her an artist to watch in 2015. She has not had the explosion into the mainstream that we predicted, but her music remains rock solid with a constant touring schedule around the country. Her sophomore album Kicker from 2015 is her most polished work to date and will make it worth you getting down to The Meadows stage from 12:30 to 1:15 on Sunday.

4. Kamasi Washington:

Normally a jazz saxophonist would be a strange pick for a festival like this, but with collaborations alongside the likes of Thundercat, Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar, the LA musician has already built up a cache among the music industry at large. His 2015 album The Epic was true to its name at nearly three hours. He won't be able to get through even close to all of that only 45 minutes on the Shea Stage from 2:45 to 3:30 on Saturday, but it will be worth it to see him for a little diversity in your music.

5. Miami Horror:

This is kind of cheating, but it is one of our toughest conflicts of Saturday. Australian indie electronic band Miami Horror are playing on the Shea Stage from 1:15 to 2 opposite Bas. It may be a little chilly and rainy, so their summery, cheery and fun sound could be just what you need to dance and stay warm. Either way, it is worth getting to the festival early on Saturday because there are two great options at 1:15.

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