Splendour in the Grass

Forget the Headliners: 6 Splendour Acts You Can’t Miss before 6PM

July 18, 2018

Splendour in the Grass is back again for another year this week, returning to North Byron Parklands from the 20th-22nd of July. If you’re heading out to Splendour for the first time, chances are you’re going to have a helluva bender – what a stacked line up to pop your SITG cherry! As we all […]

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30 Minutes with Superorganism: Don’t call them a cult, but compare them to Regurgitator and chat about Adelaide

July 10, 2018

It’s the end of May and I’m in Brighton, England for the annual The Great Escape conference and festival; possibly the world’s best event to discover new talent, and see the artists that everyone’s been talking about over the last six months or so. One act who fit very much in the latter category are […]

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Interview: Towkio talks creative drive and competition ahead of debut Australian tour

July 1, 2018

Splendour in the Grass this year sees the Australian debut of Chicago rapper Towkio, who will be bringing his much acclaimed WWW. album to our shores – man, we’re ready. With the release of his 2015 mixtape .Wav Theory, Towkio landed on many tastemaker radars, featuring collaborations with fellow Chi-town heroes in Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa; WWW. sees Towkio […]

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Adalita and Tkay Maidza may just be the TV duo you didn’t know you needed

June 28, 2018

Channel [V] is returning to Splendour this year, enlisting Adalita and Tkay Maidza to take the reins in handling all [V]’s official interviews on ground. The duo obviously come from vastly different musical backgrounds, but their status within the Aussie music scene is undeniable, so it will be interesting to see they dynamic flourish on screen. “Super […]

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Matt Moran is bringing an 80-seat Chiswick pop-up to Splendour in the Grass

June 25, 2018

For the first time ever Matt Moran will be taking his iconic Sydney restaurant Chiswick and hosting a 80-seat pop-up iteration at this year’s Splendour in the Grass. The iconic three-day festival will no doubt benefit from Moran’s planted-to-plated approach which has seen Chiswick, both the original in Woollahra and the extension at the Art […]

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Brooklyn Whelan named Splendour in the Grass’ Artist in Residence for 2018

June 19, 2018

Splendour in the Grass has unleashed another new element to their Arts program, announcing some names being involved in this year’s festival, as well as their Artist in Residence for 2018, Brooklyn Whelan. Up at the North Byron Parklands for Splendour, the first collaboration between the festival and an artist sees Splendour and Whelan team up […]

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7 Artists You Gotta Listen to Ahead of This Year’s Splendour in the Grass

June 13, 2018

Splendour in the Grass is back again for another year, held this year in North Byron Parklands from the 20th-22nd of July. If you’re heading out to Splendour for the first time, chances are you’re going to have a helluva bender – what a stacked line up to pop your SITG cherry! As the weekend […]

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Justine Clarke leads Little Splendour festivities for 2018

June 6, 2018

Splendour in the Grass has expanded its output this year to accommodate for the little’uns – if you’ve got kids keen to get amongst the festivities, Little Splendour is here. Justine Clarke is holding reign over the event at the North Byron Parklands on the Saturday of Splendour, performing from 3:30pm. Dress ups, sandpits, arts, crafts, […]

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Live Review: US quartet Bully play Cardiff’s iconic Clwb Ifor Bach ahead of TGE & Splendour

May 13, 2018

US quartet Bully are no strangers to Australian shores – though it’s been a while between drinks, over two years in fact since we welcomed them to AU HQ. But hot off the heels of their sophomore record Losing, the Nashville group are currently touring the UK and will be back in Australia for Splendour […]

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Interview: Lord Huron’s Ben Schneider talks TV shows & Vide Noir: “There’s no song on the record we don’t want to play live”

May 7, 2018

I first met Ben Schneider of Lord Huron at Bluesfest, during the band’s first tour of Australia in 2016. Two years on, the band are set to return, with a new album (the brilliant Vide Noir) just released, and plans to play Splendour in the Grass and a couple of sideshows along the way. I caught […]

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Splendour in the Grass line up revealed; Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and more to perform

April 10, 2018

One of Australia’s premiere festivals – the one and only Splendour in the Grass – announced its line up for 2018 and man, is it stomper. There is a slew of international and local talent locked into perform at the North Byron Parklands this July including Kung Fu Kenny himself, Kendrick Lamar. Lamar joins the likes of Lorde, Miguel, CHVRCHES and Girl […]

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Live Review: Sigur Rós leaves Melbourne crowd in a haze of emotional euphoria after Margaret Court Arena show

July 29, 2017

Margaret Court Arena on Thursday night looked very different to the Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday night. Gone was the disco ball that hung over LCD Soundsystem’s stage; in its place was a full lighting production and screens on to which brilliant computer-simulated visuals would eventually project. We are here for Sigur Rós and we […]

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Photos and Interview: LA based Bishop Briggs explores Kings Cross in her first ever visit to Sydney

July 27, 2017

While she was in the country last week for Splendour in the Grass, I took rising star Bishop Briggs – fresh from celebrating her birthday – around Kings Cross, on a cold Sydney afternoon. You’re in town for Splendour, and a few sideshows – including one where you’re supporting Catfish and the Bottlemen in Wollongong! […]

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Live Review: Hypnotising as ever, Banks’ return to Melbourne kept The Forum under her spell

July 27, 2017

For Melbourne music fans, Splendour sideshow week is like Christmas, the abundance of exciting international artists hitting the city is like no other, Banks at The Forum being a particular standout on the schedule. Opening the evening was Zimbabwe-born, NZ-raised rapper TAPZ who revelled in the eager early-comers converged on the floor. Recent single “Run […]

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Live Review: LCD Soundsystem puts Margaret Court on blast and bring the party to Melbourne

July 27, 2017

I tell ya what, Margaret Court Arena is going to be going through it over the next few months or at least, until the Melbourne venue is renamed. With Sigur Rós‘ much-anticipated show at the arena taking place this evening, an event that has directly called Margaret Court out herself and has taken steps to actively support […]

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Live Review: Witnessing LCD Soundsystem’s return to Sydney was a truly humbling experience

July 26, 2017

Time helps build a cult of personality; a paradigm in which how you remember things can be altered dramatically from how they actually are. With more than six years since their last visit, plenty of time has passed since LCD Soundsystem had the chance to play to a Sydney crowd. And while the music industry […]

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Interview: Royal Blood talk a disdain for encores & becoming seasoned touring musos

July 26, 2017

Continuing our interview coverage from our time with Royal Blood in Sydney recently, Mike and Ben talk more on the development of their live shows and preparing for some of their biggest festival appearances yet, notably CalJam alongside Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. “I think with another 10 songs that we get to play, obviously the set is going […]

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Our top 10 acts of Splendour in the Grass 2017

July 26, 2017

Non-headliners ruled Splendour in the Grass this year, and if anything defined the festival for 2017 it was that interest is shifting towards locals who are giving it their all, swiftly outshining headliners for what has become the proving ground for many a homegrown musician over the years. As a festival, Splendour is one of […]

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Live Review: Sigur Rós enchant the Hordern Pavilion on a Tuesday night out in Sydney

July 26, 2017

You know that old rule your mum used to tell you: ‘If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all’? While it sure is nice to be spoken to politely, Sigur Rós must have listened really well to their mums, as they played the nicest and most awe inspiring of sets you’ll […]

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Interview: Royal Blood talk How Did We Get So Dark?, returning to Australia & Game of Thrones in Sydney

July 25, 2017

While out in Australia for Splendour in the Grass (and some cheeky headline dates of their own), British duo Royal Blood found some time to catch up with us in Sydney. Also during their time out in Australia this month, Mike and Ben dropped the details of their largest Australian tour yet, which will see Royal Blood […]

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Festival Photos: Splendour in the Grass (Day Three) – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay (23.07.17)

July 24, 2017

The third and final run of programming for Splendour weekend 2017 saw the likes of Sigur Rós return to the North Byron Parklands – this time taking to the Amphitheatre Stage – while some Aussie favourites in Client Liaison and Kirin J. Callinan provided standout moments of the day and evening. With LCD Soundsystem on hand for everyone to dance themselves […]

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A.B Original triumph, Tina Arena surprises and Sigur Rós transcend for Splendour in the Grass Day Three

July 24, 2017

Saving the best for last – even after that Powderfinger reunion – Splendour 2017 closed out with what very well may be its single best day in years. The quality on offer from start to finish was undeniable, upheld by both locals and internationals who were clearly set on not letting Bernard Fanning own the […]

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Festival Photos: Splendour in the Grass (Day Two) – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay (22.07.17)

July 23, 2017

Day Two at Splendour in the Grass brought the almighty Queens of the Stone Age to Byron Bay, the likes of Future Islands, Bad//Dreems and Catfish and The Bottlemen, along with some true favourites of Australian music including Paul Kelly and Bernard Fanning (how about that surprise Powderfinger reunion??). Photos by Andrew Wade. [print_gllr id=42560] ———- This content has recently been ported from its original home […]

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Queens of the Stone Age throttle the Amphitheatre during Night Two of Splendour in the Grass

July 23, 2017

Day Two kicked into hyper-drive, starting off with an energetic bang! Opening in the Amphitheatre were NSW boys Hockey Dad, whilst Gretta Ray and Mallrat took to the Mix Up Stage and GW McLennan tent. Coming in like an energy drink, Confidence Man followed with an animated performance filled with little outfits, bubbly tunes and frantic dancing. “Boyfriend (Repeat)” saw the whole […]

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Live Review: Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Metro Theatre, Sydney (21.07.17)

July 23, 2017

The Metro Theatre is one of the more intimate venues but on Friday night people were definitely getting close and personal for Rag’n’Bone Man’s Splendour Sideshow. I walked in to a purple haze of the packed theatre with support act hip hop artist L-FRESH the LION signing off after spitting what I’m sure were some fire […]

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Powderfinger’s surprise reunion at Splendour reinforces their status as one of Australia’s best

July 23, 2017

Just after 5:30pm yesterday, Bernard Fanning noted to his Splendour in the Grass crowd that it had been 10 years since his former band, a little known Powderfinger, had played the event, so why the hell not, let’s get a reunion happening. Now, for many Australian music fans, the ‘Finger will have had some kind of presence in their childhoods, […]

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The xx packs the main stage but local acts dominate at Splendour in the Grass Day One

July 22, 2017

The sky is clear, the sun is shining, and a giant replica of Kanye West‘s head is beaming in front of an enormous rainbow. The first full day of Splendour in the Grass 2017 is upon us, packing North Byron Parklands with the kind of life and energy that only comes with one of this […]

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Festival Photos: Splendour in the Grass (Day One) – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay (21.07.17)

July 22, 2017

Day One at Splendour in the Grass brought out big guns early, with the likes of Peking Duk, the xx, Haim and more taking to stages right throughout the gorgeous surrounds of the North Byron Parklands. Photos by Andrew Wade. [print_gllr id=42449] ———- This content has recently been ported from its original home on The AU Review: Music and may have […]

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Live Review: HAIM – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (20.07.17)

July 21, 2017

As the usual circus that is Splendour In The Grass rolls through this vast country of ours, so too does some of the best bands currently walking the earth. One of these said bands is HAIM, and I’ll tell you what, they know how to play a live show. Here at their only headline date […]

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Sampa the Great, Dustin Thomas and more prove to be early highlights of Splendour in the Grass

July 21, 2017

While most people wait to start their Splendour weekend on Friday, plenty of festivalgoers – especially the campers – know that heading along to the festival’s official kick-off on Thursday is well worth it. This year even moreso as Red Bull Sound Select came on board to curate a program at the Mix-Up Stage that […]

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