SPLENDOUR FORUM (Presented by The Guardian) & SPLENDOUR COMEDY CLUB...
SPLENDOUR FORUM (Presented by The Guardian)
Splendour Forum Presented by The Guardian returns in 2015 with more meaty, spicy treats for your mental appetite. Some of today's most prominent and interesting thinkers, politicians, musicians and activists feature on this year’s intriguing menu with live discussion panels, debates, interviews, Q&A sessions, secular sermons, literary salons, scientific talks and more. 10am-4pm daily.
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: JOHN KIRIAKOU
What happens when a few good men (and women) stand up to wrongdoing in the world’s most secret agencies?
John Kiriakou was a director of CIA counterterrorism operations in Pakistan after the September 11 attacks and the first agent to reveal the CIA had been torturing prisoners and that torture was official U.S. government policy approved by President George W. Bush. The President denied it - and was shown by the Senate Intelligence Committee to have lied. The revelation cost Kiriakou two years in prison. Released in February 2015 and now active in peace and anti-torture circles, Splendour in the Grass is his first address to an Australian audience by live video.
Kiriakou is joined by lawyer and former ACT Attorney-General Bernard Collaery, who is defending “K”, an ASIS agent who revealed Australia used its state spies to bug the cabinet room of one of the world’s poorest nations, East Timor, to benefit a big oil company. In response, ASIO raided Collaery and Witness K and seized K’s passport, preventing him from giving damning evidence at the International Court of Justice in a case brought by the people of East Timor. The pair chat to whistleblower expert and author Dr Suelette Dreyfus, who wrote Underground with Julian Assange, about what can go wrong when spy agencies can hide behind their veils of secrecy.
After last year’s mind blowing Splendour debut, Q&A host Tony Jones returns with our special festival edition of Australia’s favourite two-way show that brings punters, pollies and pundits together to thrash out the hot issues of the day. Splendour’s Q&A won’t be on ABC TV, but punters can experience democracy live in action when Tony “I’ll take that as a comment” Jones is joined by Greens co-deputy leader Senator Larissa Waters, Liberal MP Wyatt Roy, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, Guardian columnist Van Badham and spy lawyer Bernard Collaery.
SCIENCE: Future Crunch
What does the future look like? Will robots take our jobs? Will humans live forever? When do we get our hoverboards? And what’s a bitcoin? Join the entertaining founders of Future Crunch, a forum for critical debate on the transition from the industrial to the digital era, as they zoom in on what will happen as converging technologies and scientific breakthroughs ‘crunch’ together. Join environmental economist Dr Angus Hervey and bio-informatician Tane Hunter as they sift through advances in nanotechnology, gaming, engineering, energy, healthcare and how we will live, work and play in the future. They'll be bringing the future with them too – experiment hands-on with new technologies including 3D scanning, virtual reality and drone piloting.
FILM & PANEL: COPYRIGHT: ARTIST’S FRIEND OR FOE?
Did Men At Work really rip off Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree?
In the world premiere of You Better Take Cover, a thought-provoking, tragic and entertaining documentary, Melbourne film-maker Harry Hayes explores the case that shocked music fans around the world. The film dives into the controversial case, exploring the development of Down Under, its commercial success and cultural significance as an iconic Aussie anthem and questions the relationship between art and law, influence and copyright.
A panel discussion hosted by triple j’s Dom Alessio, with musician Paul Mac, technology law expert Dr Nic Suzor, APRA’s Chris Neill, author/former triple j host Mel Bampton and film-maker Hayes examines whether recent high-profile copyright decisions protect songwriters - or tax their creativity.
WOMEN OF LETTERS: Splendour Edition VI
Writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire are back to celebrate the beautiful lost art of letter writing with their annual special festival edition of this lovely literary salon. Join artists including Zia McCabe (Dandy Warhols), Steve Kilbey (The Church), Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem), King Khan (The King Khan & BBQ Show), Scarlett Stevens (San Cisco) and comedians Susie Youssef and Kate Dehnert as they each narrate their “Letter to the Song They Wish They’d Written”.
APRA Songwriters Speak: Keynote with ROBERT FORSTER
Join ABC broadcaster Robbie Buck as he chats to legendary Australian singer-songwriter-guitarist and music critic Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) about his career, musical influences, lyrical inspirations and the songwriting craft.
FILM & PANEL: FRACKMAN
Frackman follows the five-year ordeal of Dayne 'The Frackman' Pratzky, an ordinary guy who becomes an accidental activist as he takes on some of the world’s biggest coal seam gas corporations in a fight for his home, his life and his country. Fracking is an issue that crosses the political and regional divide, posing difficult questions for communities, governments and business. In echoes of the The Castle, this 2015 doco features an odd alliance of Aussie farmers, Lock the Gate activists, shock-jock Alan Jones and Steve Irwin's dad, environmental crusader, Bob Irwin, as they struggle to answer life-changing questions about who owns our farmland and our future.
Join The Guardian’s Adam Brereton as he hosts a panel with Pratzky, film-maker Richard Todd, the Australian Industry Group’s energy adviser Tennant Reed and National Toxics Network adviser Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith to debate the future of energy and who owns it.
SECULAR SUNDAY SERMON: Presented by The School Of Life
Spend Sunday morning with The School of Life, the international institute devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture, founded in London in 2008 by philosopher Alain de Botton. One of Australia’s leading advocates of fairness and justice, Julian Burnside AO QC will deliver a sermon-style keynote On Fairness, exploring the much-lauded virtue of a ‘fair go’ in Australian culture with his signature style of persuasive polemics, with a performance by musician #1 Dads (Tom Iansek).
FILM & PANEL presented by The Guardian
First Dog on the Moon and The Guardian Australia present: "Truth, Lies and oh look a bunny".
Gasp as the Guardian's much-loved cartoonist, First Dog on the Moon, holds the nation to account for its folly in a 30-minute live show. The earth is dying and it’s all your fault. Do not be alarmed! (be alarmed). Internationally renowned whisky scientist First Dog on the Moon is here to help. Learn how you too can be a National Treasure and save the earth. Or at least not be completely racked by guilt all the time dear lord everything is so awful ooh look a bunny!
First Dog on the Moon will be joined by other national treasures Julian Morrow (The Chaser), Lisa Pryor (SMH), Van Badham (Guardian) and MC Adam Brereton (Guardian) for a panel discussion and Q&A to explore the spectrum of lies, truths and half truths the media like to tell.
SPLENDOUR FORUM - Daily, 10am-4pm.
Head to the Splendour website for more info.
SPLENDOUR COMEDY CLUB
They say laughter is the best medicine, and while medically, that might not be true, after overwhelming success last year, The Splendour Comedy Club is back in 2015 with four massive shows across the festival. With more than 30 hand-picked comedians bringing killer laughs to North Byron Parklands, this is the biggest comedy show we’ve ever done, and the biggest line up of comedians at any music festival in Australia. We’ve wrangled 30 comedians from all over Australia to delight, entertain, and reveal themselves emotionally to you in a cavalcade of comedy.
Featuring people you know off the tele such as Celia Pacquola (Utopia) and all your triple j faves including Matt Okine, Alex Dyson, Veronica Milsom, Lewis Hobba, Gen Fricker and Michael Hing, as well as some of the best emerging artists in the country, this enormous line up has something for everyone, unless you’re a joyless wonder, in which case, why are you here? Who invited you? Ugh, you always do this.
Last year this tent was packed with people (and lols), so get in early to grab a seat, and enjoy a line up full of the best chuckle-masters the country has to offer.
SPLENDOUR COMEDY CLUB
Thursday 6pm - 9pm
Friday 5pm - 7:30pm
Saturday 5pm - 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm - 7:30pm
SPLENDOUR COMEDY CLUB – FULL LINEUP
Celia Pacquola / Steen Raskopoulos / Matt Okine / Tommy Little / Alex Dyson / Lewis Hobba / Veronica Milsom / Michael Hing / Bart Freebairn / Susie Youssef / Tommy Dassalo / Demi Lardner / Dilruk Jayasinha / Toby Halligan / Greg Larsen / Stuart Daulman / Genevieve Fricker / Cyrus Bezyan / John Conway / Jonathan Schuster / Henry Stone / Jack Druce / Kate Dehnert / Penny Greenhalgh / Bishara Marzook / Cameron James / Alex Ward / Aaron Gocs / Cameron Duggan / Angus Gordon.
GETTING GREEN AT SPLENDOUR 2015
SPLENDOUR'S 2015 ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES
WE ARE ALL PART OF OUR ENVIRONMENT
It’s another splendid year and it’s time for another Splendour in our Environment… and Grass. We are becoming more and more at home at North Byron Parklands and have developed a range of Environmental Programs to suit the characteristics of the site. As we do each year, Splendour has committed to minimising our impact on the environment and encouraging responsible sustainable behaviour through its various environmental programs and procedures.
So, as you’re reveling through the green delights of this year’s event, keep in mind the spectacular environmental surrounds of Splendour and the lengths we go to, ensuring it’s as evergreen as always.
WE'RE GETTING OUR WASTE SORTED... ONSITE!
In news that will surely make you green with envy, we are building an onsite waste sorting facility with the aim to separate general waste or waste going to landfill and recyclable materials. We’ve been observing the great green practices of the Falls Festival events, and learning how we can improve on reducing our waste to landfill and increasing our recycling output.
Of course we couldn’t do this without you! To support our onsite sorting facility, we need your help, so we ask that you please consider the bin that you are placing your waste in to. There will be new clearly identifiable waste stations located throughout the event area, with signage over the top showing what goes where. It’s as simple as that!
YES SIR, YES SIR, TWO BAGS FULL
If you’re camping, you will be provided with general waste bags, recycling bags and information on our waste sorting system. There will be regular daily rubbish collections where we come to you and take your full bags away. There will also be drop points throughout the campgrounds where you can leave your bags for us to collect, and grab some more bags.
So please help us get waste sorted!
A GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD
Green nods all ‘round...Each year we work with the folks at the Greener Festival Awards to assess our environmental capacity. In 2014 Splendour received a, ‘Highly Commendable’ from the coveted international Greener Festival Awards! A Highly Commendable festival ‘signifies a well managed environmentally aware festival which has taken significant steps to reduce waste, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and engage with the audience’ - AGF, 2014. We are tickled-green to be recognised for our efforts!
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT CAN BE A LITTLE 'ON THE NOSE'
Waste not, want not… Each year we refine our waste program to better suit the site conditions and the needs of our lovable Splendourites. This year we’ve been working tirelessly at becoming one with waste and getting our minds IN the gutter, to design a waste program that focuses on sending as little waste to landfill as possible. Aside from a treasure trove of office puns, we have also come up with some great waste initiatives like; an onsite waste sorting station, general waste, comingled recycling and an organic waste stream, and… if you’re camping keep your site clean by reducing, re-using and recycling for a chance to win VIP tickets to next year’s event!
THE MIRACLE MILE
Two green thumbs up! For the third year running Splendour is getting dirty for the sake of the future… the future of the habitat at North Byron Parklands. In 2014, Splendourites planted a hefty 1,700 trees during the event! We regenerated a formerly degraded patch of agricultural land to increase habitat and reduce fragmentation… Nice work!
Now we can only grow up from here so this year we are tackling the ‘Miracle Mile’ and we can’t do it without you! There is a long strip of former pastureland, located in the campgrounds, that’s crying out for some bush regeneration so we are mobilising our troops and planting both Saturday and Sunday morning during Splendour! If you’re camping, follow the signs and help us restore the ecological value of North Byron Parklands.
Some of our more ‘theatrical’ planters from 2014
CAMP LITTLE FOOT(PRINT)
Come… join… us… Camp Little Foot(print) is the place to be and is becoming the place of the future Splendour campgrounds, mwah ha ha. Camp little Foot(print) is for those of us that want to camp around positively enlightened peeps and embrace a leave no trace attitude. We have a camping space, within the campgrounds, that is ideally located for our prestigious Little Foot(printer’s) – nothing but the best of course! And… in keeping with Splendour’s ethos, those that camp in Camp Little Foot(print) will be in the draw to receive VIP tickets to next year’s event! That’s right if you are the best example of a Camp Little Foot(printer) you and those in your campsite* will be rewarded with VIP tickets to Splendour in the Grass 2016.
* Up to a maximum of 4 x tickets
All you have to do to become a part of the campsite of the future is agree with our criteria for reducing environmental impact both locally and globally. Campers are expected to ‘self assess’ and if suited, contact Splendour’s Environmental Manager (email@example.com) to secure a spot in Camp Little Foot(print). For information about Camp Little Foot(print) or any of our environmental programs roll your peepers over the enviro tab on the website.
CARBON OFFSET... IF YOU CAN'T AVOID IT, OFFSET IT
You’ve all made Captain Planet proud! In conjunction with Climate Friendly, Splendour undertakes the annual task of providing a Carbon Offset Option to our festival attendees. Things are on the up, with the Carbon Offset Option uptake that is, so well done! The Environmental Department has a perpetual smile thanks to the increase in environmentally conscious Splendourites!
THE GREEN CHIEFS
It’s their fifth year on the job, so no more elementary mistakes for these guys! The Green Chiefs are back and busy sewing, as we speak, to provide you with a strong Environmental message and a laugh! Dressed in crazy attire of their own design, the Green Chiefs walk the campsite showing punters how to reduce waste and recycle – it is all about minimising the amount of waste sent to landfill! These guys walk the walk, dance the dance and talk the talk… They are all passionate Environmental Science students that are endeavoring upon a career to steer our world along a more sustainable trajectory! What a team! If you see them, flag them down for a chat, or photo, or advice about how best to minimise your environmental impact while attending Splendour in the Grass.
The Green Chiefs during the inaugural Splendour 2014 ‘dance off’
(photo taken by Jessica Holding)
THE GREEN TEAM
Green team = Dream team. These guys have taken up the challenge of working at the front line of waste reduction. If some wayward recycling should find its way to the ground, the Green Team collects this and sends it to a more sustainable home. Help a pal out and make sure all of your recycling finds its way to the yellow-top bins.
THE ECO COPS
Not to be confused with the classic image of a highway patrolman chewing a toothpick whilst grooming a moustache and looking for rule breakers, our Eco Cops play a game of good cop, good cop! They’re fully armed with Environmental Science degrees, and tonnes of knowledge about how to look after our lovely event site in the best ‘Eco’ possible way. So if you want to stay on the right side of the [environmental] law, look to the Eco Cops for guidance. They are here to help, serve and protect the environment!
Some of our previous Eco Cops
ECO FRIENDLY TOILETS & SHOWERS
After making their debut in 2014, we introduced the best seats in the house at the amphitheatre with our ground-breaking, eco friendly composting toilet blocks!
Our composting toilets, along with our gas heated, eco flow showers are featured throughout the Campgrounds and OutKast weren’t the only people on site who were ‘So fresh So clean’! last year. So if you’re camping in 2015, we’ve got you covered to be green & clean. Did someone say Florence and the Eco Washing Machine?
For more information about any of Splendour’s environmental programs head to our website.
TIPI FOREST 2015 + RBMA LINEUP GETS BIGGER + MORE
TIPI FOREST AT SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2015
Splendour In The Grass festival favourite, the TIPI FOREST, is back! The perfect sanctuary to connect, create and celebrate, find yourself in this magical haven to meet with M8’s, both old and new. Explore your creativity, empower your inner artist and dancer with Tipi Forest’s interactive art and playful performers.
Drawing from the region’s unique special events, the Tipi Forest presents a captivating selection of underground sounds and alternative beats from an array of EDM producers and DJs, featuring the best of underground techno, trance, house, glitch hop, drum ‘n bass, reggae, booty, funk, nu disco, dance hall, jungle, progressive and the multitude of variations in between.
You will share the dance floor with rainforest nymph acrobats, dervish fire twirlers and other mischievous and mesmerising acts. Lush light and projection shows will teleport you to a star spawned world. Plant yourself there and find out why so many return to this Splendour institution. Since the event’s inception, Splendour has offered this inner garden of connection, creation and celebration just for you. The Tipi Forest is yours, enjoy.
This year’s selection of music producers and DJs are (daily, A-Z):
FRIDAY 24 JULY 2015
DOUBLE VISION, FERNANDA, GRIMEZ, KODIAK KID, RUDEKAT, SI CLONE, TAYA
SATURDAY 25 JULY 2015
BIRRANG MIIL, CAPTAIN KAINE, DR FIL, ELEMENTALS, GOOSEBUMPZ, MIDIUM, SLINKY
SUNDAY 26 JULY 2015
DMA, GET DOWN, LYDIA, LUBDUB, PURPLE HAYES, SAMMY K, 28 ENGINE SOUND, ZIV
Performance & dance acts throughout the weekend (A-Z):
CINDERS ASHES ENTERTAINMENT, FUNKY MOVES, LEGS LIKE LADDERS, SPAGHETTI CIRCUS, STRANGE DREAMS, TUNTABLE FALLS COCO CIRCUS.
Visual arts from (A-Z):
INTRA, MAGGIE SCHREIBER, SUVI TIKKA, TERRASPATIAL, ZENNA BLEWITT.
As a special treat, the Tipi Forest will offer Splendour campers the chance to launch their festival experience on Thursday night, before the festival’s spectacular harvest of electronic dance floor action. Visit the Tipi Forest page for more.
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY LINEUP GETS EVEN BIGGER
Following last year's inaugural Thursday night pre-party, Red Bull Music Academy are inviting their in demand Audiopaxx friends back to the 2015 Parisian-themed stage. This year the pre-festival antics will include performances from Red Bull Music Academy alumni Lewis Cancut alongside Swick, Just A Gent, KLP (DJ set), Elk Road, SLUMBERJACK, L D R U, and Yahtzel (DJ Set).
Following the news that Red Bull Music Academy stage headliner Jay Electronica has cancelled his Australian tour, the ever-consistent organisers at Red Bull Music Academy HQ have finally put our minds at ease delivering a worthy replacement in the form of prolific American hip hop musician Knxwledge. Hailing from Philly but now making waves on the LA beatscene, Knxwledge calls Stones Throw his home and has lent his production skills to the likes of hip hop dons Kendrick Lamar and Joey Badass in the past. Warning: expect fire.
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY STAGE
THURSDAY 23 JULY 2015 – HOSTED BY AUDIOPAXX
Just A Gent - Yahtzel (DJ Set) - SLUMBERJACK - L D R - KLP (DJ Set) - Elk Road - Swick & Lewis Cancut
FRIDAY 24 JULY 2015*
ASTRAL PEOPLE DJS – CATLIPS - CHARLES MURDOCH – DEUTSCH DUKE – KLO –
MARK MAXWELL – MOTEZ - NOSAJ THING - QUEEN MAGIC - SILENTJAY & JACE XL - WILLOW BEATS
SATURDAY 25 JULY 2015*
A LOVE SUPREME DJS – BARO - FRANK BOOKER – HAU – KIRKIS - KNXWLEDGE -
LUCIANBLOMKAMP - M5K - OKENYO - SAMPOLOGY - TUKA
SUNDAY 26 JULY 2015*
ELEVENTEEN ESTON - HWLS – JMSN – SABLE - SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS – SHLOHMO (DJ SET)
THANDI PHOENIX - TOTAL GIOVANNI (LIVE) - WILDLIFE RECORDINGS TAKEOVER
*line-up listed in alphabetical order
SMIRNOFF COCKTAIL BAR RETURNS
Not only are @SmirnoffAustralia bringing the sunshine and good times with them to Splendour again this year, but they're also celebrating their 10th anniversary partying it up at the festival. With more delicious drinks and plenty of fun things to do in between sets, this year is sure to be the biggest year yet! We’ll see you at the bar!
CAPTAIN MORGAN SETS SAIL FOR SPLENDOUR
The Captain has set sail for Splendour in the Grass 2015 and will be docking at the festival. With sumptuous drinks and treasures to discover, enjoy the sights and sounds of the festival from the deck of Captain Morgan's Pirate Ship Bar.
CARLTON DRY'S BEER GARDEN
Our mates at Carlton Dry will be back at Splendour again, this time with an epic beer garden. Shade, mates and ice cold beers. What more could you need? Seize The Dry all weekend, with Carlton Dry!
AIM BUSKERS STAGE
Catch artists from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), along with some of the local legends that grace the streets of Byron, showcasing their talent on the Buskers Stage each day from 12pm.
Ever fancied gracing an album cover, but can't hit the right note?? Visit the AIM photo booth and create your own number one selling album (cover). You'll find the AIM photobooth located backstage of the Buskers Stage.
TRIPLE J UNEARTHED WINNERS
A huge congrats to our National triple j Unearthed winners TIRED LION who'll be bringing their infectious melodies and nostalgic guitar sounds. Big props also to local triple j Unearthed winners, Byron Bay three piece SKEGSS, who have been selling out shows in the US and will now be sharing their unique surf rock styles with us at Splendour 2015!
GLOBAL VILLAGE, THE HEART CHAKRA OF SPLENDOUR + LITTLE SPLENDOUR... EXCITING FOR CHILDREN & RELAXING FOR PARENTS
GLOBAL VILLAGE 2015
We welcome back the GLOBAL VILLAGE, the Heart Chakra of Splendour!
Located at the very centre of Splendour, the Global Village provides a unique opportunity to delve into the rich landscape of Byron’s subcultures.
Like any thriving Village, you can explore an eclectic mix of offerings including; daily dance workshops, yoga classes and circus play space; evening cabaret & burlesque performances; live art classes and late night jam sessions; connect with the wisdom of our original custodians; meditate and chant with the Tibetan Monks; receive a massage from one of our talented touch professionals; witness live art in creation and lose yourself in the silent disco!
The Global Village is made of up so many colours, just like the rainbow region itself!
THE LOTUS PALACE
The heart of the Village and Splendours most opulent venue. The home of our main performance program by night and amazing dance workshops by day.
THE HEALING ELEMENT
Hosting some of Byron’s most skilled and gifted healers, massage therapists and tarot readers.
We welcome our traditional aboriginal custodians from the local Minjungbal region and beyond, providing a unique opportunity to sit and share the wisdom of our region’s traditional owners.
THE GYUTO GOMPA
Hosting the Dalai Lama’s Gyuto Monks of Tibet who will be sharing daily chanting sessions, personal puja blessings and traditional mandala creation.
Hosting the bold, the beautiful and the bazaar, Artisans Alley returns to Splendour in all its hand made glory! Original arts, unique jewellery pieces, coveted crystals, designer threads… you can even get yourself a fancy hairstyle!
OSMOSIS ART GALLERY
You can find our new Osmosis Gallery in Artisans Alley. Graffiti, stencil arts, audio visual, digital and illustration all feature in this vibrant gallery. Witness large-scale artworks unfold over the festival or select a spanking new print for your walls at home.
ELECTRIC GARDEN SILENT DISCO
This year the hot house geodome is the new of home Electric Garden. It’s going to be hot and humid on the inside when its cold outside. Be sure to join the daily dance trains with Byron’s own dancing man Tommy Franklin and revel in the old school funk and dance floor favourites that the Electric Garden DJs are renowned for.
The LOTUS PALACE doors will open at 4pm on Thursday 23 July, with a traditional Welcome Ceremony with our local Minjungbul Song Man, MAGPIE and THE GYUTO MONKS OF TIBET, followed by a night of music & celebration. It’s the perfect way to start your Splendour weekend!
We welcome our collaborators in the GLOBAL VILLAGE 2015:
UNCLE MAGPIE, JARMBI GITHABUL, MAE WILD AND DR SKETCHY’S ANTI ART CLASS, MISS FRIBY’S CABERET, GWYN WILLIAMS, ZOE BRAITHWATE, MICKEY SPACE, GYUTO MONKS OF TIBET, THE RHYTHM HUT, SASSY SALSA, THE SISTARS OF THE INFINITE CIRCLE, FIREMANE, TOMMY FRANKLIN, THE BRUISE BROTHERS SLACKLINE, ZIGGY ALBERTS, SAFTEY FIRST CIRCUS, CIRCUS ARTS, MADHU HENRY, ELLA GIONIN, CYE WOODS, BRANDON, ESHUA BOLTON, SHAI SHRIKI AND THE ZORBA GYPSY PARTY, PETER HUNT AND THE REGGAE ROOTS COLLECTIVE AND THE ELECTRIC GARDEN DJS
LIVE ARTISTS including MULGA, BE FREE, BRETT CHAN, NICK THOMM, COURTNEY BRIMS, MISPRINT, ROHAN CAIN, DANIEL HEND, TRISTAN SHELLEY, GENE CUNDITH, VICTORIA LARNAHC, and XY01.
Check out the Global Village page on the Splendour website for full line up information and like the Facebook page here to be part of the Global Village.
A Festival for Children
Exciting for children….relaxing for parents…There is an entire field allocated to our families and little festival goers. Little Splendour is in a fully fenced and secured area designed exclusively for parents and little people to relax, play and unleash their creative spirit.
In 2015 our Little Splendour is even bigger with more of everything for the whole family. This year there is a family camping area, a new café inside the kidz field and a tipi area designated for parents and babies with all the conveniences. There is a separate play area for the little ones which includes a park, large sandpit, music garden, a story telling tipi with character visits from fairies, pirates and princesses. There is also a littlies jumping castle and the Artie Fartie Partie, an art and craft zone.
To keep the older children busy we have Big Kidz Zone with sports and games, a pirate ship jumping castle and giant board games. During the day there will be a program of arts, craft, music, dance and active workshops for all ages to enjoy.
We have a circus school with performances and circus workshops, balloon twisting, juggling and facepainting, and a huge circus tent with musical performances, comedy acts, magicians, puppet shows and lots more.
Little Splendour gates will be open each morning at 10am, performances and workshops start at midday and everything wraps up as it gets dark. The gates close at 6pm but access to the KidzKlub Babysitting Club and Babychange/breastfeeding tipi will be permitted to 12 midnight.
You can pick up a Little Splendour program at our information desk which will outline times for all workshops and performances for each day, so be sure to grab one on you way through the Little Splendour gates!
It is important to note that all our daytime facilities and services except for Kidzklub Babysitting Club require parents to remain with and supervise their children. Little Splendour staff are present to entertain and facilitate activities only. A Security guard is onsite at Little Splendour from 10am to festival closing time
LITTLE SPLENDOUR STAGE
This year we are super excited to have the following performances:
- CIRCUS ARTS - Aerial acts include silks, trapeze, double trapeze net, Spanish web and ground acts include juggling, hula hoops and acro balance
- THE MIM AND SAM SHOW - dynamic brother and sister circus act.
- YOGA with KarmaKids
- AFRICAN DANCE – Afro Groove performance and workshop
- JOHNNY THE JESTER – Magic Show
- KIDDYWINKS – Puppet Show
- SOUND SYNERGY – Drumming Workshop
- THE GREATEST TREASURE – a musical theatre adventure.
- FIESTA JESTERS –Unicycling and juggling jesters.
- TRISTAN BANCKS – Children’s author and funmaster.
- STORY TIME WITH ANNIE BRYANT
- SHORTY BROWN THE MYSCHEVIOUS CLOWN -Magic, bubbles, balloons and general trickery.
- ECO FAERIES –A magical nature themed faery adventure.
- HARRIET THE CLOWN –Balloon modelling master
- SALTY PETE THE PIRATE –Come have a pirate party with this old sea dog.
- 2 AWESOME JUMPING CASTLES
- GIANT BOARD GAMES AREA
- MUSIC GARDEN – Lots of recycled bits and pieces hanging to create heaps of banging and clanging.
ARTIE FARTIE ART SPACE
This tent is for those children who love to challenge their creative side. Activities like painting, beading, drawing, stamping and stencilling will be available for all those artie fartie kids to go wild. Specific Art Workshops for the various aged children will be conducted over the festival including, hula hoop making and puppet making, hair wreaths, pet rocks, masks etc. Come get our timetable at the Little Splendour Info umbrella so you don’t miss out!
STORYTELLING / DRESS UP TIPI
At Little Splendour we love to make believe so there are heaps of dress ups for everyone. Be a pirate, princess, detective, batman, a dragon or a combination of anything you can imagine. We also have face painting and other bibs and bobs which can really get you into character. There will be a schedule of storytellers throughout each day who will enchant people of all ages.
Jumping castle, table tennis, volleyball, parachute games, skipping, tug of war, totem tennis, poison ball, hula hooping, novelty races, ping pong ball races, sack races, running races, three legged ….are you tired yet! There is more….. Stilt walking, ball games, juggling.
BABY CHANGE / BREASTFEEDING TIPi
We have a lovely tipi area decked out with lounges and cushions for breast feeding mums to relax, feed, change and play in peace and comfort away from the major festival commotion. We also have a change table, high chair and a microwave for your convenience.
KIDZKLUB BABYSITTING CLUB
From 12pm – 12am Friday, Saturday and Sunday there is a Babysitting Club available which has its own fully secured compound. This facility is managed by trained teachers and childcare professionals. It is set up with an art and craft area, games and kits, movies and books and a small outdoor play area. Parents can drop the kids off and go enjoy some adult time for a maximum of 2 hours at a time. No bookings are required if your children are older than 4 years but for the little ones under 4 we need to allocate an individual staff member to your child/family so please book before July 1.
For those who have purchased Family Camping Passes we look forward to welcoming you to 'The Meadow', our NEW family friendly camping zone, where you can set up your kit with your kids, surrounded by other young families. This area will have some family facilities including a baby change area, bottle warming facilities and other exciting additions!
CAMP LIKE A ROCK STAR
We all know how stellar the line up is. To make sure your gear is just as tops, Coleman Collect and Camp will allow you to purchase your camp gear online, collect onsite and enjoy the festival! Coleman also has your back onsite with our store providing all camping essentials. Head to colemanatsplendour.com.au
McGRATH FOUNDATION CURVE LURVE CARAVAN
RETURNS TO SPLENDOUR
Once again Curvey, the McGrath Foundation’s pink 1950’s style Curve Lurve caravan, will return to Splendour in the Grass, taking her breast awareness message to music, community festivals, cultural and sporting events around Australia.
Thanks to the McGrath Foundation’s breast awareness aka Curvey, you can WIN tickets for you and a mate!
Click here to find out more & enter today!
TICKET RESALE FACILITY
The Official Splendour Resale facility is now open via moshtix.com.au. Splendour’s Official Resale facility is the only place where you can purchase legitimate tickets for Splendour in the Grass 2015.
TRANSPORT & BUS INFO.
For all the up to date info on bus routes, timetables and more head to splendourinthegrass.com.
SPLENDOUR ARTS 2015 & SPLENDOUR IN THE CRAFT
SPLENDOUR ARTS 2015
Come July the fields of North Byron Parklands will become a canvas bursting with so much more than astonishing live musical performances.
Each year the Splendour Arts program provides some of the most unexpected, unforgettable and Instagram-breaking festival moments from some of the world’s most innovative and boundary-pushing contemporary artists.
From performance installations, handcrafted micro-universes, epic inflatable sculptures and of course Splendour’s much-loved Tent of Miracles – one of Splendour Arts’ magical moments is never far away, you just have to keep your eyes peeled and Snapchat open.
Splendour In The Grass is proud to unveil Splendour Arts 2015…
Live art installation
The 3rd iteration of an ongoing collaboration between Bennett Miller and Splendour in the Grass, ANABAPTISTER follows on from BARNRAISER (2013) and RUMSPRINGER (2014).
Expect once again to encounter a mysterious community of people living and working within the festival grounds, joined this year by a series of special guests giving one off performances in the barn. On the final day of the festival, members of this unique community will be asked to decide between reaffirming their commitments in a special ceremony, or leaving their community behind for good.
NICOLAS CAGE IN A CAGE
Last year the Barcelona-based art collective Hungry Castle brought us the internet-breaking Lionel Richie’s Head and this year they present a giant inflatable sculpture of Nicolas Cage in a cage. You can face off with Nicolas Cage in a cage. Yes. You can. The meme-inspired cage was built to bounce. This is an artwork that reflects the internet and the internet’s effect on culture. Love him or hate him, you won’t break Nicolas Cage.
Based in Barcelona, Hungry Castle is an art group featuring Dave Glass and Kill Cooper.
YOU C*NT STOP THE MUSIC
Andy Forbes & James Dabrowski
Tent of Miracles, Performance
Splendour’s Tent of Miracles is back with a mash-up of teenage 50s, flower power 60s, 70s rock n disco, hideous 80s hits, and the best hangover relief 45s played on 33 with shock jock DJs, classic retro movie cut-ups and sociopathic media streaming your selfies on the big screen! Just don’t forget to use the hashtag #splendourmiracles
Music in our walk, music when we talk.
It's really something magic, to lose it would be tragic.
Can't you feel the sound movin' through the ground.
Music makes the world go around.
You c*n't stop the music.
POST DIGITAL RUINS
In a world saturated with digital information, it seems obvious to consider that the limits of the virtual world might one-day rupture the excess data bursting out of the non-physical back into reality. The problem is, no one really gave thought to where and how this might happen. But it has happened. A team of experts from across the globe has been assembled to document, study and record the details of this curiously fluorescent, low-res tessellation. Samples need to be extracted and categorised. Data needs to be gathered and analysed, analogue material measured and processed.
Pip & Pop
Landscapes meticulously constructed from sugar, glitter, sweets and assorted crafty materials draw on ideas of paradise and imagined worlds described in folklore, mythology and mappae-mundi.
Weaving together multiple cultural and local references, Treasure Mountain draws the viewer into a tiny but optimistic world of blissful abundance and utopian dreams.
Tanya Schultz works as Pip & Pop to create immersive and hyper-coloured artworks from an eclectic range of materials including sugar, glitter, sweets, plastic flowers, crystals and every day craft materials. Tanya has exhibited her work throughout Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Germany and the UK and collaborated with many renowned companies including Romance Was Born, Hermes, and MT tape.
Acrylic on Board
Sam Songailo is a painter and installation Artist. Working across a range of media, including installation, sound and video, his practice centres on exploring our ongoing categorisation and adaptation to the physical space around us.?His work often employs the heavy use of pattern and colour. Sam is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, most notably the South Australian critics circle, Emerging Artist of the year award (2010) and the Adelaide Fringe festival award for Best Visual Art (2012). He has exhibited at artist run and commercial galleries in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.
Don't miss Sam’s large scale acrylic on board installations at Splendour 2015.
Acrylic paint, paste up
For the third year a new work by a different artist will take over the iconic entrance tunnel to North Byron Parklands as its canvas. Each artist has responded to the previous artist’s work and remnants remain of all three commissions. The 2015 commission will consist of large-scale flash symbols along the entire tunnel with a mixture of colours and backgrounds. The work will integrate with the previous works to create pattern effects distinctive to the artist Reko Rennie - an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary mediums.
SPLENDOUR IN THE CRAFT 2015
We always knew you’d make it!
Just when you thought the glitter aftermath was over, we’re back to shower you with shiny shit all over again!
Yep, it’s time to dust off your hot glue guns! Splendour In The Craft is back with all the good not so clean fun that had the tent jam-packed for the entire festival last year.
This year we are pumping up the jam with more awesome workshops, free form body painting, crafty chill spaces and dancing in the dark than ever before!
Get ready to flex your makin’ skills with a craftastic array of workshops from some of Australia's premiere craft freedom fighters – high fives to you Beci Orpin, Kitiya Palaskas, Fancy Free, Meet Make Create, Each to own, Regular Wildcat and Craft Mafia!
Roll on up to Splendour In The Craft and get busy making Smash Those Bad Dream Catchers, Cool As F#%k Charm Bracelets, Pimp your Sunnies and Gum Boots, The People’s Republic of You Pennant and Flag Making and sew much more!
We’re super excited that our friends from SPOTLIGHT are back, helping us to create this craft oasis, and their awesome staff will again be working the Mend It Like Beckham stall where festival goers can get their mending done for free!
Punters can pom pom the day away in our outdoor garden, partake in some DIY face painting in the Craft Mafia Express bus, or pick up a red skin cookie and coffee from our very own café, SouthSide Tea Room, which is run by Aussie indie band legends The Grates.
Then when darkness descends we’re flicking off the switches and turning up the sound for No Lights No Lycra! There’s no teacher, no technique and no coordination required! Just some kickass tunes and a bunch of people ready to move!
Sew! Get yourself to Splendour In The Craft and get busy making heaps of cool shit! All the workshops are 100% paleo friendly and free of charge! First in best dressed!
The full crafty mofo lineup is on the website now!
PAYPAL'S #20DAYSOFSPLENDOUR CHALLENGE
Thanks to PayPal's #20DaysofSplendour, you've still got a chance to win Splendour tickets. PayPal members can win festival and/or camping tickets by completing daily challenges until June 20. Head to PayPal’s Facebook page each day to play! (PS if you’re not a PayPal member, it’s really easy to join here).
BIORÉ® SKINCARE AT SPLENDOUR
SPLENDOUR TICKETS UP FOR GRABS THANKS TO KOPPARBERG
Win tickets to Splendour in the Grass! Kopparberg have some double passes for those who can best re-create this Swedish scene. Round 1 starts now on the Kopparberg Facebook page! The tickets include all 3 days of festival goodness and 5 days of camping. Lycka till!
SPLENDOUR NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Splendour in the Grass loves North Byron Parklands and we know you do too!
We’ve moved in, decorated, landscaped the grounds and held a few awesome housewarming parties.
Behind the scenes we’ve also worked hard to improve stuff like traffic management, camping and environmental management. We think you’ll agree that 2014 was smooth sailing.
An area that we are still working on is sound management. Last year some of the local residents experienced issues with bass noise from the event. North Byron Parkland’s noise limits are not currently consistent with other similar venues around the country so we want to fix that!
North Byron Parklands have just submitted a request to the NSW State Government to allow us to run our stage sound levels in accordance with all other NSW outdoor events. The changes applied for will mean a greater and clearer festival experience for you and happier neighbours!
Plus we’ve had loads of requests from local schools and community groups wanting to use the site for small events, but at the moment North Byron Parklands planning permission doesn’t allow this.
Included in their submission is also a request to host small-scale community events that will provide exciting opportunities for local groups to utlise this stunning patch of land with all of its world-class facilities.
For more information on all of the above you can read about it here.
Now this is where we need your help!
We appreciate your love and support!
Team Splendour xo