True to previous form, tickets for this year’s Splendour in The Grass sold out in minutes. Those who left the Moshtix green room empty handed will be stoked to learn that many of the lineup’s biggest names are sticking around Down Under for a handful of headline shows. Here is our wrap of unmissable Splendour sideshows.
Playing their first Aussie shows since 2015, Nashville quartet Bully will be playing shows in Sydney and Melbourne this July. Last here promoting first LP Feels Like, these shows will mark Bully’s first Australian performances since dropping second album Losing in October of last year, with ripper singles ‘Feel The Same’ and ‘Seeing It’ sure to make for a high energy live show. They will bring their joyous pop-punk to The Tote in Melbourne on Wednesday, 18 July and The Lansdowne Hotel in Sydney on Thursday, 18 July.
Back on our shores for the first time in six years, Montreal duo Chromeo will be treating their Australian fans to two bonus headline shows in addition to their Splendour set. Playing Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday, 21 July and Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Sunday, 22 July, the pair will be giving audiences a taste of their fifth record Head Over Heels, set for release in June. Having already collaborated with names as huge as Solange, Ezra Koenig and LCD Soundsystem, Chromeo have managed to up the ante, with this latest album being touted as their most collaborative to date. Their unique brand of electro-funk is not to be missed.
UPDATE: Melbourne electro-pop faves Alice Ivy and Sam Bluer have been announced as supports for Chromeo’s shows in Melbourne and Sydney.
Franz Ferdinand | MGMT
Glasgow quintet Franz Ferdinand and American duo MGMT are joining indie-pop forces to play two double headline sideshows. Gracing the stages of Melbourne’s Festival Hall on Tuesday 24 July and Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Wednesday 25 July, both acts will be paying their first visits to our shores in five years.
For Franz Ferdinand, these shows are part of a huge world tour in promotion of fifth album Always Ascending, which dropped in February this year. It’s a similar story for MGMT, whose fourth LP Little Dark Age was released earlier this year to huge love from fans and critics alike. Fans of psychedelic jams and indie pop anthems should hurry to secure tickets for this one.
Grammy nominated UK singer songwriter James Bay will also be treating Aussie fans to shows in addition to his Byron Bay stopover. With the release of his highly anticipated second album Electric Light booked in for 18 May, Bay will play Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on Tuesday, 24 July and Sydney’s State Theatre on Wednesday, 25 July.
With his first LP reaching #3 on the Australian charts, huge anthems ‘Hold Back the River’ and ‘Let It Go’ have cemented Bay as an artist worthy of global acclaim. 2018 singles from Bay’s forthcoming sophomore record, ‘Pink Lemonade’, ‘Wild Love’ and ‘Us’ have all been met with the same love his last releases garnered. If his previous Aussie shows are anything to go by, fans should move quickly to secure their tickets.
Hit up Frontier Touring for all of the Splendour sideshows.