If you thought Splendour in the Grass can’t outdo itself after years of bringing chart-topping headliners to Australia, you’re about to eat your words. This year Splendour in the Grass has not only delivered a lineup featuring the best that music has to offer but also taken leaps to ensure an exciting time for all of its attendees. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at how it all began.
Easily one of the biggest winter music festivals in the Southern Hemisphere, Splendour in the Grass started out in the year 2001 and has been held annually ever since. What started out as a festival with only 19 artists in its lineup now features over 101 artists. This year one of the greater statistics is that over 40 of those artists are women! The festival is located at Yelgun North Byron Parklands in New South Wales at, a beautiful 660-acre cultural arts and music events venue. What was once a one-day affair now has over 50k revelers and is a shindig that just cannot be missed.
Australia’s biggest festival is named after Wordsworth’s poem, and sees all all of Australia’s party people, and music aficionados coming together to have a blast, and watch an eclectic selection of performers set the (four) stages on fire. Previous attendees include the eccentric billionaire, Elon Musk, and even the man behind Wikileaks, Julian Assange who made an appearance via satellite. Talk about dedication to partay!
Let’s get talking about what this year holds. The top headliner is none other than a Hot 100 favorite and without a doubt one of the biggest hip-hop artists of our generation – Kendrick Lamar! Another fan favorite who will headlining is New Zealand singer and one of the biggest pop artists there is – Lorde. Joining them are The Vampire Weekend, Khalid, The Wombat, Angus and Julia Stone and Miguel, among a host of other international and homegrown acts. Aussie electronic favorites The Avalanches will be playing a DJ set, and GirlTalk will be playing their only Australian show at the festival. Other favorites include – MGMT, Ben Howard, hottest 100 winner Amy Shark and synth pop outfit CHVRCHES amongst others. If this lineup makes you go woah, we understand.
Sure, you’re thinking this line-up is big enough, but not clearly it wasn’t for the organizers. This year the festival marks the return of its forum, science tent and comedy club. The forum program will feature a #metoo panel with Henry Rollins, Tracey Spicer and Stella Donnelly, while the comedy side of things will be taken care of by Demi Lardner, Matt Okine, Aunty Donna, Becky Lucas, Tripod and more. There’ll also be a panel on cyber hacking, a Saturday Morning Book Club hosted by Marieke Hardy that features Alex Lahey, Aunty Donna’s Broden Kelly and more, and a powerful discussion on what it means to be a Third Culture Kid with Ziggy Ramo, Ebony Boadu and comedian Michael Hing.
With a lineup this ambitious there’s about to be a lot of running around involved that will get that appetite fired up and how. Not to be worried as the festival has a found a way to cater to all your hunger needs with extensive food options spread across mainly four sections. The Splendour Food Halls will feature flavours from across the world, The International Street Eats, where there’ll be authentic street food trucks like Mamacitas, Harry’s Schnitzels and Bao Brothers, The Truck Stop, where you’ll find all the food trucks you need and Campgrounds Tucker, where Splendour campers can get their fill of wood-fired pizza, crepes, coffee and more.
So, who’s up for three days of three days o full of music, food, arts, fashion and mud?