Australia’s hugely popular mid-year Splendour in the Grass festival today revealed a line-up with something for every indie music fan – a bill that includes Mumford & Sons, Empire of the Sun, Frank Ocean, the National, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio and James Blake.
The July 26 – 28 Splendour is again held in the northern New South Wales beach town of Byron Bay, though this year’s event relocates to a new “permanent home” at the North Byron Parklands site.
Also announced are former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, the Presets, Klaxons, Flume, Babyshambles, Passion Pit and Birds of Tokyo. All told, more than 80 acts will play across the three days. The full bill can be viewed at splendourinthegrass.com.
Organizers have also posted this clever artist announcement.
The brainchild of Dew Process founder Paul Piticco and Village Sounds director Jessica Ducrou, Splendour is the rarest of Australian festivals -- it’s a mid-winter camping event, held in one of the country’s most sought-after holiday spots. A handful of the international performers are typically “in-cycle,” and Splendour presents a first glimpse at new music.
Single day tickets for Splendour cost Australian $140 ($143) plus booking fees, while a three-day pass is Australian $350 ($358) plus booking fee. For a camping ticket, add $99 ($101) more -- and a booking fee. A special “country club” ticket -- presumably a "VIP" pass -- is priced at a staggering Australian $699 ($715) plus booking fees.
Given the buzz surrounding the fest, its track record and this year's solid line-up, Splendour should be a sell-out.
The unveiling of the Splendour line-up has become something of a national event in Australia. This year was no exception. The show’s bill was dropped this morning on the Triple J youth radio network, to a population relaxed in the knowledge that tomorrow is a public holiday, ANZAC Day.
Tastemaker Australian music site Fasterlouder went some way to capturing the excitement with this amusing post.