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You know the usual suspects at a music festival. This year at Bunbury, you know Ice Cube is going to kill it in his performance of the classics like “It Was A Good Day” and you’ll lose your mind when Deadmau5 drops the bass on you like you’ve never heard before. But what about the rest of the artists? You know, the ones that play at the beginning of the day, but you’re too busy pregaming to come see perform? Well, chances are that they’re actually pretty dope. Here are nine that you really shouldn’t skip out on…

1. Foxing

Easily the most non-low key of the bands on this list, you can still expect quite the crowd to gather for Foxing’s performance, and it’s sure to be packed with raw emotion. What keeps this band on our list of “low key” is the fact that most of their songs have a tendency to be downbeat and reflective in nature, which means that even a large crowd will have a more intimate feel to it, which will be a welcome escape from some of the more lively acts at the festival.

2. Automagik

One of Cincinnati’s local features, Automagik has been known to have both flare and fun at their shows in small venues, and there’s no doubt that this effect will be amplified by the open air atmosphere at Bunbury. We can vouch for the fact that there’s no lack of entertainment at these shows, as the band has a strong stage presence and have clear chemistry as they joke around on stage and there’s no lack of style points for these guys. If you’re looking for a real show, they won’t disappoint.

3. Diarrhea Planet

Holy shit! Sorry, we had to put that pun in there. But in all seriousness, these guys aren’t crappy in the slightest, although you’d never know it by the band’s name. Known for their amusing music videos and catchy, upbeat lyrics and guitar riffs, even if you don’t know their songs by heart, you’ll still find yourself bobbing your head to the music and the vibes at their shows are never bad. Plus who doesn’t love a solid guitar solo from time to time?

4. Red Wanting Blue

Hailing from Columbus, you can expect a lot of locals to come out to support one of the region’s most beloved bands. Known for their pop-like lyrics and upbeat message, Red Wanting Blue kind of reminds us of an interesting mix of Michael Buble and the Avett Brothers, and we love it. Loaded with musical talent throughout, there’s an obvious country twang in the singer’s voice that gives them a down-to-earth feel.

5. Grizfolk

Recently releasing their new album, “Waking Up The Giants,” you can expect plenty of new songs to be played on stage, even if you’ve seen them in the past couple of months. We first fell in love with them early last year when we found out they could relate to how real the struggle was (see the video above), we’ve been personal fans ever since. After listening to the new music, we have no doubt that pretty much everyone should check them out at the festival. You’ll be glad you did.

Who else are you looking forward to seeing at Bunbury? Share below!

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…

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