Well, god damn. After weeks of speculation, triple j today announced the line up for the 2016 Splendour in the Grass festival and it is huge. Headlining the Byron Bay event this July 22nd – July 24th at The Strokes, while rumoured headliners The Cure have also been confirmed. The Avalanches, who sparked excitement yesterday with updates to their social media channels, are also on the Splendour bill, playing their only Australian show.
Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem, two names who have been featuring heavily on the UK and American festival circuits so far this year, are noticeably missing from the Splendour bill, making us wonder what’s still to come.
Repping on the local front, heavy hitters including Courtney Barnett, Violent Soho, Gang of Youths, Flume and Jagwar Ma are also featured, while some international artists we haven’t seen out this way in a little while like Santigold, The Kills, Sigur Ros, James Blake and a reunited At The Drive-In are also on their way back.
There’s a new stage coming to Splendour, with the Global Village this year hosting some of Australia and New Zealand’s best in contemporary world music; expect sets from the likes of Bustamento, Bobby Alu, Kalidad and more! Burlesque, moving theatre and circus performers will also be roaming around – keep an eye out for those performers as well!
Highlights of the festival this year also include The Splendour Forum, which will host a series of panels and discussions featuring a cracking line up of guests including Tony Jones (Q&A). Splendour Arts also returns for 2016, with a program of eclectic and wildly enticing art installations, from sculpture to video art, a line up of talented contemporary artists will be doing their thing right throughout the festival.
Tickets for Splendour in the Grass are on sale from 9am sharp, April 21st – grab all the relevant information you need HERE!
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2016 LINE UP
THE STROKES | Only Australian Show
THE AVALANCHES | Only Australian Show
SIGUR ROS | Only Australian Show
AT THE DRIVE-IN
BAND OF HORSES
BOY & BEAR
DUKE DUMONT (DJ SET)
JAMES VINCENT McMORROW | Only Australian Show
WHAT SO NOT
YEARS AND YEARS
GANG OF YOUTHS
PETER, BJORN & JOHN
BALL PARK MUSIC
TEGAN AND SARA
CITY CALM DOWN
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD
THE JUNGLE GIANTS
NOTHING BUT THIEVES
ROBERT FORSTER (10 YEARS ON)
MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA
FAT WHITE FAMILY
L D R U
IN LOVING MEMORY OF SZYMON
SAMPA THE GREAT
THE WILD FEATHERS
JUST A GENT
MOONBASE COMMANDER | THE MEETING TREE
TWINSY | PURPLE SNEAKERS DJs
HUMAN MOVEMENT | PANETE
SWICK | AMATEUR DANCE | RIBONGIA