After much hyper nerves on edge, ants in pants, restless and sleepess nights, the Splendour In The Grass 2016 lineup has finally greeted us with one heck load of incredible artists who’ll be taking over the land of Byron Bay this July, filling the lineup with nearly every section of a record store. The Cure, The Strokes, Flume, Sticky Fingers, and many more. I’m not going to count the line-up because I’d most probably be here for days until July with the more “TBA”.
Wangling through the lineup you’ll compass your way to see performances from Jagwar Mar, Violent Soho, Hermitude, Band of Horses, Sigur Ros, Peter Bjorn & John, Matt Corby, Emma Louise, Boy & Bear, Jake Bugg, The 1975, Leon Bridges, Duke Dumont, James Vincent McMorrow, Courtney Barnett, The Kills, and Gang of Youths.
If you’re anything like salty sweet (or indeed the vast majority of Australian music fans), you’ve been waiting for the SITG 2016 lineup for months including yours truly, combing away through international festival lineups and tour dates to figure out what if they are likely to be there, unlikely, and who definitely won’t be, so… many what ifs at Splendour in the Grass. Furthermore there is more yet to be announced.
Splendour In The Grass is embarking on its 15th year, there are some interesting threads shaping this year’s lineup. So here’s just a couple.
1.Put on your dancing shoes.
First glance at the lineup, could you argue that it’s the SITG Valley (Dance) Music and Arts Festival. Splendours has always had a heavy electronic and dance music presence, bust genres have increased in mainstream popularity, the lineup has skewered more diversity into it’s lineup rather than just E-lectronic.
2. Gender Diversity.
Nearly every major music festival in the Australia has taken heat over the number of women in the lineup. While Santigold has not been the only woman to headline Splendour solo, the festival has given acts with women more prominent placement on the lineup this year. And while The Cure may be the face of Splendour. Music royalty headliner The Strokes coming back down under with only one Aus show.
Highlighters out cause it’s going to be an epic 3 days, wet or dry.