Why You’ll See These Bands At Splendour In The Grass
Splendour In The Grass has basically CC’ed all of the artists killing it RN. They’ve looped in some of the biggest bands in Australia (Violent Soho, Matt Corby, Courtney Barnett) and they’ve also convinced some of the greatest acts in recent decades to come on over (ie. The Strokes, The Cure). For majority of these artists, they’ve had a mega 2016, and Splendour knows what’s up and henceforth, invited them to the shores and parklands of Byron Bay this July. So we’ve taken the lineup and slightly dissected it, to figure out why you’ll be catching these bands at Splendour twenty-sixteen.
Brissy blazers, Violent Soho, have absolutely slayed 2016 so far with the release of their new album WACO, followed by selling out their national tour in the space of hours, and debuting at #1 on the ARIA charts. With the line up looking a little dry in the heavy-rock department, Soho will provide the mud pit this Splendour. Newtown trio, DMA’S will also make the line-up this year, and once again, zero surprise. Since the release of their debut album, Hills End, they’ve been touring hardout OS and will be coming home in June. Matt Corby is another Aussie making waves. With the release of his new album, Telluric, Corby will provide a vibe for the chillers and those partial to an afternoon jazz sesh. Remix-lords and lo-fo duo, Slum Sociable will also provide some much needed washed-out jazz-hop.
Melbourne band City Calm Down have made the cut, and will make their Splendour debut, purely enlisted to provide the experimental electronica. Their cover of Foals’ ‘Spanish Sahara’ received quite the reaction, and so has their sold out national tour happening right now. Splendour has listened, and Splendour has delivered. A dissimilar artist, yet a queen on the rise in 2016, and making her debut at the festival is Emma Louise. She’s just released her latest single, ‘Talk Baby Talk’ and with the next album set to be released mid-year, hopefully it’ll be before Splendour.
Internationally, the festival has hit the jackpot bringing over Leon Bridges – the soul and gospel vocal master. After a beyond successful run at Falls Festival and sideshows last year, we well and truly welcome him back. Santigold, everyone’s favourite lady-boss, will also make the trip. With the release of her new album, 99c, which has been on high rotation, the vibe is strong. It will be British singer/songwriter Lapsley’s first visit to Aus and it’s probably got to do with the release of her debut album, Long Way Home, – a real mixture of electronic-soul.
This year’s line-up boasts a healthy dose of electronic/dance artists. Roland Tings will be a certified d-floor filler and Dro Carey will take you into the wee hours. Jess Kent, English/Aussie trap-pop artist is somewhat new to the scene but, will 100% get the party started. Crystal Fighters will also hit the spot.
And that’s only just scratching the surface. There are many spots to be hit, this is only the beginning. For the full lineup and ticket deets head to splendourinthegrass.com. On sale Thursday 21 April.