There's no question the Splendour In The Grass line-up is huge this year. Jack White will be bringing his solo show down under for the first time, Bloc Party return after a hiatus and you never know what Smashing Pumpkin's Billy Corgan will have to say. While some acts might seem like the obvious choice, here are some of the other bands we think you won't want you to miss.
Sunday 29th July – Mix Up @ 8pm
Harlem rapper Azealia Banks topped NME’s 2011 ‘Cool List’ and has been taking advantage ever since. With YouTube views in the tens of millions and a much talked about performance at Coachella, another set not to miss.
Friday 27th July – Supertop @ 3.30pm
Melbourne two-piece Big Scary firmly secured their spot into the Australian music scene with last years debut LP ‘Vacation’. With a number of festival spots overseas, these guys have taken their live show to the next level and it might be your last chance to catch them for a while.
Saturday 28th July - GW McLennan Tent @ 10.00pm
One of Australia’s most incredible and reliably amazing live acts, their performances always memorable and packed full of energy. Their latest album ‘Toward the Low Sun’ providing the perfect platform to check them out, if not for anything just to see Warren Ellis’ beard and crazy violin antics.
Friday 27th July – Supertop @ 2.20pm
This Brisbane duo will rock your socks off, guranteed. They’re set to pulverize the Supertop at Splendour and will certainly leave a huge smile on your face and ears ringing.
Father John Misty
Sunday 29th July – GW McLennan @ 3.30pm
Jump on YouTube and check out what to expect from former Fleet Foxes drummer Joshua Tillman, it will get you seriously pumped for an incredible show. He certainly doesn’t hold back and has the stage presence similar to that of classic rock legends. You will not be disappointed.
Lana Del Rey
Saturday 28th July – GW McLennan Tent @ 8.30pm
She’s been the talk of the music scene since the release of her DIY video for Video Games. Is she real? Is she not? Is she a fembot? Well now’s your chance to find out for yourself and see whether that infamous Saturday Night Live performance was a once off.
Friday 27th July – GW McLennan Tent @ 4.30pm
An absolutely incredible voice and likely to be a very memorable set indeed. Winner of BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll and continuing to back up the hype with an incredible debut album ‘Home Again’, this will certainly be one of the more intimate moments of the weekend.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Friday 27th July – Mix Up @ 7pm
After collaborations with the likes of De La Soul, Damon Albarn, Prince and Mos Def, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble has made a name for themselves in there own right as an incredible live act. Eight brothers, all playing brass and bringing something entirely different to the Splendour stage.
Sunday 29th July – Mix Up @ 3.15pm
Releasing one of the year’s best debuts, Scottish quartet Django Django has backed it up with much talked about performances especially at SXSW. Seeing the textured layers of this incredible album recreated on stage will certainly be something that cannot be missed.
Saturday 28th July – Mix Up @ 5.30pm
Sydney fellas Seekae have built up a hell of a reputation for an incredible live show, mixing live instruments and electronic elements to produce an eclectic mix of indie, hip hop beats and electro. Throw your support behind these local lads, you won’t regret it.
Friday 27th July – GW McLennan Tent @ 12.45pm
Chet Faker has been steadily building a following, particularly internationally with his rendition of ‘No Diggity’. Another act that killed at SXSW, he’s selling out venues around the country, be sure to check out what the fuss is all about.
Saturday 28th July – Mix Up @ 6.30pm (DJ Set) & 8.15pm (AV show)
What can only be described as a truly modern artist, blending samples with visual cues to create a spectacular audiovisual display. There’s no question that punters will be talking about Sampology’s set, make sure you’re one of them.
At The Drive-In
Friday 27th July – Supertop @ 9.15pm
It’s been over a decade since the incredible post-hardcore band called it quits and this is their only Australian show since reforming earlier this year. They were the talk of the town during Big Day Out 2001; these guys will blow you away.
Friday 27th July – Mix Up @ 5.15pm
With new album ‘Pop Innocent X’ due out late August, one of Australia’s most interesting artists Bertie Blackman is back on the live stage and ready to show Splendour how it’s done. Be the first ones to get a sneak peak of the new album.
Friday 27th July – GW McLennan @ 7.30pm
With three sold out headline shows at the Corner Hotel as well as many others around the country, Lanie Lane has been backing up her awesome debut with an even better live set.
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