The Meadows

Small Font Big Future gives you a low-down on smaller artists you should definitely take the time to see when you’re stage hopping at the next festival.

There’s no denying the lineup for The Meadows Music & Arts Festival is the stuff of legends. It has something for everyone in all genres, with huge names from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Bassnectar to Jay-Z.

There’s no shortage of talent throughout the entire lineup, which is why, of course, you shouldn’t skip seeing the smaller acts, if you can even call them that.

Here’s who you should definitely take the time to see this upcoming weekend:


Big Wild

Big Wild makes atmospheric, groove-oriented tracks that are guaranteed to hit you in the feels and get you dancing. His performance is live, rhythmic, and inspiring.


Swedish singer/songwriter with a knack for making the indie-pop genre sound like it was made specifically for her. Plus, she often has jazz accents like saxophones, and that’s pretty much a no-brainer.


If you’re looking for empowering alternative hip-hop infused with horn instrumentals and a sassy message, Lizzo is perfect for you. Listen to her on your commute and try not to strut your stuff. It’s impossible.

Circa Waves

Remember that song from 2015, “T-Shirt Weather?” Well, Circa Waves is back and better than ever with their new 2017 EP, and they’ve topped their past lighter, indie-friendly hits with this new darker, directed album. Something for the alternative kid in all of us.

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Think: jam band meets rock, falls in love, then has a weird mutant genre together. Have you ever been at a rock show and thought, “This would be really amazing, if only there were more horns?” This is the band for you.

Flatbush ZOMBiES

They had a breakout hit called “Thug Waffles.” Their lyrics are smart, sharp, and pointed. Their sound reminds you of the former glory days: the 1990s rap and hip-hop era.


Rhythmically expressive electro-pop that has an irresistibility to it. Has an overall catchiness to his sound profile that you won’t need to know every song to love his set.

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Fantastic Negrito

Grammy winner extraordinaire: “Fantastic Negrito is black roots music for everyone, blues with a punk attitude from Oakland, California.”


Indie rock trio that are self described as grunge-pop.

Wild Belle

You might recognize the vocals of Wild Belle from the hit song with Major Lazer “Be Together.” That may have been your introduction, but it shouldn’t stop there. This brother-sister duo “carved out a Lana Del Rey-via-a-dub-dancehall vision.”

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