This is my list of artists not to miss at Splendour in the Grass.
The Aston Shuffle have been making music for a long time, and finally this year their debut album 17 Past Midnight was released. I am not sure whether or not this title is a reference to the Tame Impala song Half Full Glass of Wine, but The Aston Shuffle should be treated with the same respect. Their track Your Love is arguably one of the best Australian dance tracks of the last decade, and I look forward to dancing away the night with them.
There are few words to accurately describe a Bluejuice gig. Outrageous, Flamboyant, Energetic, Drunk. These are probably the best way to recreate the atmosphere at a live Bluejuice performace. Their mix of hip-hop, rock and funk combined with considerable showmanship and comedic timing combine to create a brillant live show. Their Splendour appearance will be my 8th time seeing them, and I am desperate to see what ridculous band uniform they manage to pull together this time.
Post-grunge post-punk is a weird label, but another great Melbourne band will probably feature during the day, and there is nothing better than a sweaty daytime mosh. British India playing at the Woodfordia Ampitheatre were one of my Splendour highlights last year, and hopefully Children Collide can deliver some similar rock and roll.
Arguably the ‘hype’ band of last year, Cloud Control keep on keepin’ on, gaining accolades and praise from all corners. The band will playing mostly from their debut album Bliss Release which I didn’t enjoy at first, but after a second listen, it revealed a greater depth and diversity that I originally thought. They played a great show at the Laneway Festival earlier this year, ripping out their cover of Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi, in the process revealing the crowd to be not as alternative as their vintage trousers and haircuts might have suggested.
Catchy Australian electro-pop. The Melbourne band have been touring and impressing across the globe. Their recent performance at Groovin’ the Moo was excellent, capping the day perfectly with epic electro-tunes, catchy hooks and something very unique about their blend of sound.
Does It Offend You, Yeah?
Ricky Gervais inspired, Prodigy and Nirvana-bred British dance-rock music. How could you go wrong? Their last appearance in Australia was the Future Music Festival, but a spot in the Mix-Up tent could be very enjoyable, very profitable for anyone so brave as to be selling pills, and a very expensive and ‘sick, man’ experience for any 17 year willing to buy (and enjoy the band of course)
Hype. Hype. So much hype. The word is inescapable with this artist, so much so that it is impossible to stop it from inappropriately interupting paragraphs. Hype. Also, the label ‘post-dubstep’ Personally, I hope everything will soon be ‘post-dubstep’ but nevertheless I still don’t understand how this is an appropriate classification. Using a vocoder and a piano, followed by a high level of huigh quality production and a beautiful voice, James Blake creates some really subtle and brilliant music. It will be interesting to see how well it can be recreated live; however his debut album is definitely worth listening to before Splendour. Hype. Post-dubstep hype.
Wall of Noise. One of the heaviest bands on the bill, this post-rock Glaswegian outfit are making their first trek to Australia since I began listening to their unique music. Overtime, their work has slowly become more accessible; however they have been producing some very solid music for a long period of time. They are one of my picks for a dark horse to impress at Splendour with a purely rock and roll attitude, tempered by an attention to detail for high quality performances.
I haven’t listened to much from this artist but of what I have heard, I have thoroughly enjoyed. I am not one to usually enjoy the female singer songwriter in front of a piano aesthetic, however I am anticipating looking forward to her performance as distinguished from the electronic/rock driven majority of acts. Also, according to Wikipedia she is classified as ‘anti-folk’. Whatever the fuck that means. Can someone explain?
Finally, a note on the scheduling. Although the official schedule won’t be released until two weeks before the event, from a recent interview on Fasterlouder with one of the producers of Splendour in the Grass I have been able to ascertain that…
Kanye West will either be headlining Friday or Sunday night; I would say it highly likely Sunday
Coldplay will headline the Saturday night, preceded by Pulp.
Finally, Regina Spektor will headline the GW McLennan Tent on one of the nights.