Splendour in the Grass

As Splendour cancel, Coachella may delay festival until late 2021 – and they’re not alone

June 11, 2020

It’s been a sad (though perhaps inevitable) run of news this week for some of our favourite music festivals. Billboard are reporting that iconic Californian Festival Coachella are set to officially cancel their rescheduled 2020 dates, along with their sister festival Stagecoach. This follows on from Splendour in the Grass in Australia, who officially announced […]

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Bruno Major

Interview: Bruno Major (UK) on To Let A Good Thing Die, unleashing the brain and songs to cry to

June 8, 2020

Bruno Major made waves with his debut album A Song For Every Moon, which he drip-fed to his followers with a song each month. A creative exercise which held him accountable to release music consistently through 2017. His soft-spoken heart-wrenching lyrics earned him some big name fans, including FINNEAS, who reached out to collaborate on a […]

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Album Review: Grouplove – Healer (2020 LP)

March 13, 2020

Returning to our ears after a few near traumatic years, Grouplove are back in 2020 with a revitalised sound and lust for music. Always capable of writing a bonafide pop song in the past, the Californian five-piece are back with Healer, an album as up and down as a pushup. Since forming in 2009, there’s […]

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Splendour Interview: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (AUS) on performing at festivals, mushrooms and Shannon Noll

July 25, 2019

Hailing from Perth (but really the UK), the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are just as wild as their name suggests. We got to catch up with Jack McEwan, Luke Reynolds, Luke Parish, Chris Young and Danny Caddy ahead of their Splendour In The Grass performance to chat about their latest single, “Hymn For A Droid”, and a whole […]

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Live Review: Hilltop Hoods close Splendour In The Grass, Day Three, Byron Bay, (21.07.19)

July 22, 2019

Splendour In The Grass’ final day of performances saw the acts wind down and a softer mood take over the festival. Folk performances were aplenty with Matt Corby and The Lumineers putting together some incredible moments, intermingling with the raucous energy of masterful performances by SZA and Hilltop Hoods. Of course, the day was haunted […]

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Splendour Interview: Meg Mac (AUS) on her SITG surprises, Hope and collaborating

July 21, 2019

Meg Mac drew one of the largest crowds to the G.W. McLennan tent at Splendour In The Grass: Day One (check out our review: HERE) Dressed in all-white with her now iconic wide-brimmed hat, her sun-down performance echoed around the festival as she played her tracks from the early days to now. We got the chance […]

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Splendour Interview: Odette (AUS) on her SITG debut, poetry and James Blake

July 21, 2019

Odette is an ephemeral angel, quite frankly. Both in performance and in person. Her debut Splendour performance was just that, with transcending lighting states and dance moves that sent the crowd to another planet. Currently on-site at Splendour, The AU Review chatted to her ahead of her set to see how those debut-nerves are doing. […]

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Live Review: Childish Gambino nourished our spirits – Splendour In The Grass, Day Two (20.07.19)

July 21, 2019

After the high spirit opening day of Splendour In The Grass’, its second had a lot to live up to. Of course, this was no problem with a line-up that would be the envy of most other festivals in Australia. While a minority of the crowd skulked through the gates, looking a bit rougher around […]

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Photo Gallery: Splendour in the Grass – Byron Bay, Day 2 (20.07.19)

July 21, 2019

The second day of Splendour in the Grass is underway with another glorious day and plenty of music to keep everyone entertained. Check out this gallery of Wolf Alice, Dean Lewis, Catfish and the Bottlemen and much, much more. John Goodridge was on the ground to bring these images.

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Photo Gallery: Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, Day 1 (19.07.19)

July 20, 2019

What a beautiful sunny day to start the three day Splendour in the Grass music festival in Byron Bay. With stellar performances from the likes of Tame Impala, Foals, Broods, and Wolfmother, there was something for everyone. John Goodridge was there to bring you these photos.  

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Chance the Rapper cancels headline set at Splendour in the Grass

July 20, 2019

Due to headline Splendour in the Grass on the festival’s final day, Chicago emcee Chance the Rapper has unfortunately been forced to cancel on his highly anticipated headlining set. Citing illness, the rapper hasn’t even been able to board the flight to Australia. News that will no doubt put a huge disappointment for fans who […]

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Live Review: Splendour In The Grass 2019, Day One, North Byron Parklands, (19.07.19)

July 20, 2019

After selling over 40,000 tickets this year – a sell out, as always – Splendour in the Grass led up to headliners Tame Impala with a string of stunning performances by both international and Aussie acts. A testament to how strong the festival’s curation has gotten, those strictly in it for the love of live […]

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Splendour Interview: KAIIT (AUS) on her SITG debut, manifesting and thrift shopping

July 20, 2019

KAIIT is a 21-year-old R&B protegé currently based in Melbourne, but making some serious waves across the nation. Her debut EP Live From Her Room has garnered her an incredible amount of attention and even landed her the Unpublished award at the 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition. At such a young age, this performer appears well […]

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Seven essential Splendour in the Grass sideshows you can still get tickets for

July 2, 2019

The sold-out Splendour in the Grass is just weeks away now, once again bringing in a line-up of local and international acts entirely worthy of the festival’s legacy. From headliners James Blake and Chance the Rapper to must see mid-cards like a returning Friendly Fires and UK emcee Little Simz, there’s going to be a […]

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Sydney’s iconic Icebergs Dining is popping up at Splendour in the Grass

July 1, 2019

It looks like Splendour in the Grass are going ahead with their successful pop-up dining experience series, with the forthcoming 2019 iteration of the famous three-day festival set to welcome restaurateur Maurice Terzini and his iconic Icebergs Dining Room & Bar. The historic Sydney restaurant will follow in the footsteps of The Unicorn by offering […]

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Adelaide’s Spin Off Festival announces 2019 line-up.

April 12, 2019

Adelaide’s Spin Off Festival has fast become a favourite event for those of us who miss out on the chance to head to Splendour In the Grass. This year Five Four Entertainment, Secret Sounds and Triple J are once again bringing the cream of the SITG crop to the Adelaide Showgrounds for what will be […]

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The five most pleasant surprises on the Splendour in the Grass lineup

April 5, 2019

Splendour in the Grass dominated music news this week with the unveil of their 2019 line-up, which is headlined by millennial hip hop heroes Chance the Rapper and Childish Gambino, as well as world-conquering Aussies Tame Impala and Top Dawg Entertainment crooner SZA. Not just on-trend, it’s exciting as hell. But as always, Splendour is […]

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SXSW Interview: Sam Fender (UK) on starting conversations with his music and Splendour in the Grass rumours

March 25, 2019

One of our favourite artists at the AU over the last year or so has been rising UK star Sam Fender (he even came in at number two on our best track of 2018 list). And though he has yet to come to Australia, earlier this month he made his debut at Australia House at […]

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Splendour Interview: Woodes (Australia) talks Nils Frahm, Sigur Ros and evolving the vision of her live show for “Change My Mind”

August 2, 2018

In our final interview from Splendour in the Grass 2018, we sit down with acclaimed Townsville artist Woodes, who is just about to hit the road on a tour in support of her latest single “Change My Mind”. We talk about the track, her experiences touring with City Calm Down and how her live show […]

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Splendour Interview: Woodes (Australia) talks evolving her live show for “Change My Mind” & her favourite music

August 2, 2018

In our final interview from Splendour in the Grass 2018, we sit down with acclaimed Townsville artist Woodes, who is just about to hit the road on a tour in support of her latest single “Change My Mind”. We talk about the track, her experiences touring with City Calm Down and how her live show […]

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Splendour Interview: Tim and Sam of Cub Sport (Australia) on coming-of-age with BATS and getting married without a wedding band

July 31, 2018

I’ve known Cub Sport for a long time now. The beauty of running this website has been getting to know bands from their earliest incarnation – in respect of this band, that was “Cub Scouts” (or “Tim Nelson and the Cub Scouts” even before that), and going on adventures together like riding on elephants in […]

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Splendour Interview: Matt Caughthran of The Bronx (USA) talks Trump and a return to Australia in October

July 30, 2018

One of the groups to make an exclusive appearance at Splendour in the Grass over the weekend were The Bronx, who hit the main stage in support of their latest album, BRVNX (or The Bronx – V). Not long before they hit the stage I briefly sat down with the group’s frontman Matt Caughthran, to […]

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Splendour Interview: Soccer Mommy (USA) on her Australian live debut and not writing with others

July 26, 2018

Soccer Mommy, the project of Sophie Allison, has had one hell of a year. From being relatively unknown as the calendar year kicked off, to releasing her debut LP Clean to critical acclaim and being one of the most talked about new artists in the world, it’s far to say the future is looking bright […]

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Splendour Interview: Lewis Capaldi (Scotland) on developing as a songwriter, and the master of hilarious banter amidst sad songs, Scott Hutchinson

July 25, 2018

While backstage at Splendour over the weekend, we sat down with Scottish singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi, who describes himself as “a chubby guy who sings sad songs” (in fact it’s how he introduced himself to us when we sat down), as he made his Australian debut. We talk about developing as a songwriter, The Beatles, Frightened […]

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Splendour Interview: James Bay (UK) on Buddy Guy, Abbey Road and finding the space to write

July 25, 2018

It’s been a while between visits for acclaimed British singer/songwriter James Bay, but this week he’s been touring the country off the back of his second full length Electric Light. One of these performances was at Splendour in the Grass, and just before he hit the stage, I sat down with the enigmatic artist to […]

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Splendour Interview: YUNGBLUD (UK) almost missed his festival set & already has another album up his sleeve

July 24, 2018

One of the most exciting international talents making their Australian festival debut at Splendour in the Grass over the weekend was UK rising star YUNGBLUD. His unique blend of punk, hip-hop, rock and whatever else he fancies, has made his album 21st Century Liability one of the most talked about releases of the year. And […]

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Splendour Interview: G-Flip (Australia) reflects on working with Sounds Australia to debut her live show & “the best months of my entire life”

July 24, 2018

Few artists, be they Australian or otherwise, have ever had quite a whirlwind and eventful five months as Melbourne’s G-Flip, who burst onto the scene with “About You”, just a few weeks before making her international live debut at the Twitter / Sounds Australia Party at SXSW. And now this weekend she played to her […]

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Splendour in the Grass comes to an end for 2018 as Kung Fu Kenny unleashes DAMN. onto 30k punters

July 23, 2018

Another Splendour has come and gone, with the vast majority of punters descending into the Amphitheatre for the four closing sets of PNAU, MGMT, The Wombats and Kendrick Lamar. You may think that’s an odd quartet to play side by side – and you’re not wrong – but the crowd didn’t seem to mind, barely […]

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The 7 best moments from day two of Splendour belong to the Aussies: Gang of Youths, Amy Shark and more

July 22, 2018

Vampire Weekend may have been the headliners of night two, playing their first festival in four years and their first Australian show in five, but it was a day that belonged to the local acts – with Gang of Youths attracting what was undoubtedly the biggest crowd of the day, and other acts like Amy […]

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From Lorde’s wardrobe malfunction to The Wiggles: The 7 Best Moments from day one at Splendour in the Grass 2018

July 21, 2018

The first day of Splendour 2018 in Byron Bay delivered plenty of highlights – here, we count down just seven of the best moments… 7. DMA’s ask the crowd if they believe… In getting an absolutely rammed amphitheatre to sing along to Cher’s “Believe”, which the Sydney trio did for Like a Version (though never […]

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