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12 Must-See Artists at Landmark Music Festival 2015

From Drake and Miguel to the Joy Formidable and Ex Hex, here are all of the acts you can't afford to miss at the inaugural event

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This weekend, Washington D.C.'s National Mall will be blessed with the first ever Landmark Music Festival. It's 40 bands over the course of two days in the heart of the country's capital. It's enough to make anyone feel feelings, really. Click through to help better plan your weekend around the acts you can't afford to miss.

The man needs no introduction at this point, right? Drake headlines day one of Landmark with good reason. We don't want to run it for you: Just be prepared to see one of the greatest rappers of our lifetimes in the heart of this nation's capital—less than a week after his surprise mixtape team-up with FutureWhat a Time to Be Alive.

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The Strokes

New York defends their bands to the death: The gritty metropolitan locale makes for distinctive sounds and movements. For the new millennium, no one embodies it better than the Strokes. Catch them closing out the fest on day two. It'll be a riot.

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Some bands just make the most sense in a festival setting. To really get alt-J, you need to see them in the late summer sun. Trust us.

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Between all the rockstars and rappers, you might find yourself craving smoother, sexier sounds. No one does strong sensuality like Miguel. If you're with your significant other at Landmark Music Fest, we only ask that you stay safe. It's a pretty PDA-friendly set.

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George Ezra

George Ezra first landed on our radar with his futuristic folk song "Budapest." It documented his travels across Europe...a story that's been told before, but he does it with such passion and honesty, it feels refreshing.

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Nate Ruess

From the Format to fun. to on his own project, Nate Ruess has always had a penchant for invention and pop melody. If you're looking for harmonies to carry you clear across the National Mall, you can look no further. 

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Wale is a D.C. native, so you know his set is going to make his hometown proud. What's better than that?

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Manchester Orchestra

From pop-punk world to indie rock stardom, Manchester Orchestra have grown and changed a lot in their 11 years as a band and it shows. Their live performance comes from that place: The guys know how to entertain...you'll have to see it to believe it.

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The Joy Formidable

When the Joy Formidable first left their native Wales to find success stateside, they were polarizing figures: The people who loved them the most were either nerdy guitar guys or music critics, with little room between. Now, with a refined sound and undeniable talent, they're the kind of band you can watch once and fall completely in love with.

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Ex Hex

Ex Hex's power is found in front woman Mary Timony of Wild Flag and Helium fame. She was one of the first ladies to dominate the '90s alt-rock scene, and we're all better because of it. Spoiler alert: She and her band haven't lost any steam.

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The Suffers

Landmark Music Festival's lineup has moments of real diversity, both in the musicians performing and the music they make. Fans of classic R&B and soul will be delighted to catch the Suffers.

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Twin Shadow

Music snobs and indie fans alike better stop by Twin Shadow's set. It's dance-y, it's alternative, it's fun. Sometimes the best things are uncomplicated, you know?

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