Tame Impala is Kevin Parker. His last album ‘Currents’ was released in 2015, debuting #1 on the ARIA Album Chart and earning him a second GRAMMY nomination and a Brit Award for Best International Band. The album received 5 ARIA Awards including ARIA Album of The Year and world-wide critical acclaim.
Hailing from Perth, Australia, he first toured the U.S. in 2010, playing small clubs for crowds of 200. A handful of trips to the U.S. later and thanks to the ravenous demand of fans for a transcendent live performance, Tame Impala has gone on to headline festivals and theatres around the world and released three full length albums – ‘Innerspeaker’, ‘Lonerism’ and ‘Currents.’ As a writer and producer Parker has collaborated with the likes of Travis Scott, SZA, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Kanye West and A$AP Rocky. Tame Impala has now accrued over 2.5 billion streams world-wide.
The band just performed the recently released ‘Patience’ on Saturday Night Live, as well as a new song ‘Borderline.’ The release of ‘Patience’ marked their first new music since his GRAMMY nominated ‘Currents.’ Parker will headline this year’s Coachella before heading home for Splendour!
Five-time Grammy Award nominee SZA, entered the music scene in 2012 with her first critically-acclaimed EP ‘See.SZA.Run.’ consecutively followed by ‘Sand Z’ to rave reviews. In 2017, SZA released her major label debut album ‘CTRL’ (certified RIAA PLATINUM) which was immediately revered for its raw and honest lyricism. The record deservingly landed #1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, #2 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and # 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.
SZA’s polished artistry and song-writing talents extend far beyond her own projects having wrote and performed on Rihanna’s single ‘Consideration’ and in 2014, SZA helped write Nicki Minaj and Beyonce’s smash single ‘Feelin Myself’. In 2018, SZA stunned local audiences with her sold out Australian debut headline shows and now returns to perform at Splendour in the Grass.
From playing chaotic house parties in Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals are now preparing to bring their compelling live show to Australia. “We’ve shed different skins as a band,” reflects frontman/guitarist Yannis Philippakis “We’ve played underground house parties…rock festivals… we’ve lived a lot of lives.”
The same can be said of their music. Foals again embrace a love for the unconventional with the bravest and most ambitious project of their career yet, with a pair of releases, separate but related: ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’. Part 1 is out now with Part 2 to follow in the Spring. “They can be listened to and appreciated individually, but fundamentally they are companion pieces.” states Philippakis. The album finds Foals leaping into new territory: exploratory, progressive-tinged tracks make the music an experience rather than a collection of songs. Just wait ‘till you hear it live in the Amphitheatre!
Catfish and the Bottlemen are practically of “no fixed abode” due to near constant touring and recording since 2014, when their platinum-certified debut album ‘The Balcony’ surfaced.
Their Splendour announcement comes after a triumphant summer that saw them command headline slots across major festivals in the UK, Europe and the United States.
Audiences from Manchester to Melbourne, London to Los Angeles, Newcastle to New York, and everywhere in between have been engulfed by the swell of eager sentiment propelled from a vociferous fanbase. Catfish and the Bottlemen possess a magnetic and dynamic focal point, renowned for posing every day, easily-identifiable observations through their lyrics.
Following his three critically acclaimed albums, 2010’s ‘James Blake’, 2013’s Mercury Prize winning ‘Overgrown’ and 2016’s ‘The Colour in Anything’, James Blake has established himself as one of the worlds most talented and influential musicians. He’s won a Novello award, received a Grammy nomination and played sold out live shows in some of the most prestigious venues in the world including The Sydney Opera House, Radio City Music Hall and Glastonbury Festival.
This year James turned 30, a milestone that has allowed him to take stock and appreciate everything that has happened to him. His constant thirst for change and ability to move the musical dialogue onwards has meant that he has become one of the most essential and anticipated modern artists. People across the world are fascinated to discover what he is going to do next and as 2019 kicks off it feels like the perfect time for James to take centre stage.
Santigold is a genre-defying musician, style renegade, and visionary artist across multiple platforms celebrated for her fearless ability to fuse unexpected elements into bold new work.
Santigold has released four acclaimed albums and had #1 records on both Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart and Reggae Albums chart, won an ASCAP Pop Music award (Vanguard Award), and has been nominated for a Q Award, MTV Europe Music Award, and BRIT Award. She has written for other artists including Christina Aguilera, GZA, and Lilly Allen and contributed new work to film soundtracks including The Hunger Games, Paper Towns and the Power Rangers movie as well as series like The Get Down and Girls.
An artist whose perseverance relies on invention, her singular aesthetic has made her a major muse watched by the inspired world and we’re thrilled to welcome her to the Splendour stage in 2019!
The Lumineers released their eponymous debut album in 2012. It scored them two GRAMMY nominations and spawned chart-topping platinum singles, “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love”.
After years of touring the world in support of their debut album, the band released ‘Cleopatra’ in 2016. The platinum album debuted #1 on both Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart and the UK Albums Chart and featured the gold title track as well as the platinum single, “Ophelia”. The tour in support of Cleopatra included two sold out shows at Madison Square Garden and one at the Hollywood Bowl.
The band has also supported two of their musical heroes, including opening for U2 on their “Joshua Tree Tour” in 2017 as well as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on his last tour. They went on to unveil a stripped-down cover of his song ‘Walls’ to mark the one-year anniversary of his death in 2018. Hear it alongside all their classics when they hit North Byron Parklands this July!
The Streets is Mike Skinner, a native of Birmingham/Barnet in the UK – a rapper, producer, DJ, singer, writer and actor who happens to have made some of the most important British music of this millennium.
His debut album “Original Pirate Material”, released in 2002 is widely regarded to have changed the face of British rap music, and his second album “A Grand Don’t Come For Free” was a worldwide success spawning hit singles like “Fit But You Know It” and “Dry Your Eyes”.
After 5 albums and over 5 million record sales, Skinner quit The Streets and worked on other musical projects as well as reinventing himself as a successful DJ playing Bass and Grime.
In 2018, Skinner revived The Streets with his phenomenal touring band (which also features Rob Harvey of The Music on guitar/vox) for a rapturously received tour that continues into 2019.
2020 will see The Streets release a new album as well as Skinner’s debut feature film, both entitled “The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light”. The iconic group will blow your mind at Splendour 2019.
American rapper Russ, notably emerged onto the music scene between 2011 and 2014, when he released an impressive 11 mixtapes – what followed, was 87 consecutive weekly singles released to his SoundCloud account – where a mass audience discovered his sound and vibe as an artist. In 2017, Russ delivered his debut album ‘THERE’S REALLY A WOLF’, where Russ achieved the rare feat of a platinum debut. Each song on the record was entirely produced, mixed, mastered, engineered, written and record by Russ himself. The diverse 20 track album achieved a number of multi-platinum and gold certification singles, including both of his Billboard Hot 100-charting tracks ‘What They Want’ and ‘Losin Control’.
Russ recently released his sophomore record ‘ZOO’, this time opting to enlist external producers and featured artists such as Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg.
When What So Not rolled out a giant chrome horse on monster truck wheels during his headlining Coachella set last year, it was his boldest reminder yet that he doesn’t play by the rules. Now, with the arrival of his debut album, ‘Not All the Beautiful Things’, he continues to blaze his own trail, forging a complete vision for what is now much more than just a dance music project.
Over 3 years in the making, ‘Not All the Beautiful Things’ is a culmination of everything the Australian-born artist behind such massive anthems as “High You Are” (50 million-plus streams), “Waiting” (with Skrillex and RL Grime), and his remix of RUFUS du Sol’s “Innerbloom” (#30 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 list for 2016) has been working towards as he’s built his reputation as one of the most innovative producers in the game.
What So Not promises it’s just the beginning of what fans can expect from this exciting new phase of his evolution.
Courtney Barnett is one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock, a singer-songwriter who mixes deeply insightful observations with devastating self-assessment. With countless awards in her home of Australia as well as Grammy and BRIT nominations, fawning press and an adoring audiences, Barnett’s rise to global prominence feels both unprecedented and important.
Music fans have rarely witnessed the breathless acclaim and superlatives that comprised reviews of Barnett’s debut album “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Think”. 2017 saw the release of “Lotta Sea Lice”, an introspective but beautiful album with Kurt Vile and a gorgeous place-holder while we awaited the release of sophomore album “Tell Me How You Really Feel”.
While her lyrics continue to encompass the poetic, political and personal, “Tell Me…” reveals a startling new lyrical economy. Her increasingly unusual song-structures, timbres and moods hint at future ambition while her glorious, feed-back heavy live show has eviscerated audiences on 5 continents.
Four-piece band from California, Warpaint have a unique brand of intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals and driving post punk rhythms which combine to create a unique sound.
Both on record and on stage, Warpaint sound like they’re channelling something otherworldly and mystical. Their debut album, ‘The Fool’, was named one of the 50 Best Albums of the Decade by NME and their sophomore album, ‘Warpaint’, saw similar success, debuting in the top 10 of the Billboard Alternative Album Chart as well as the U.K. Album Chart and named one of the albums of the year by The Chicago Tribune, LA Magazine, Time Out, NME and American Songwriter.
They have performed on Conan, Ellen and Later With Jools Holland and their latest album ‘Heads Up’ enjoyed a Top 40 debut on the Billboard Current Albums Chart and #13 on the U.K. Album Chart. Warpaint’s special sound is not to be missed.
If anyone deserves to break the shackles and enjoy the moment, it’s multi-platinum-selling musician Matt Corby. For a decade, Corby has been pushing his own boundaries, embracing a journey of self-discovery that’s seen him wrestle a few pre-conceptions and stare down his share of demons. Now, with two ARIA Song of the Year awards on the shelf, and a #1 debut album, ‘Telluric’, behind him, Corby can genuinely lay claim to some hard-earned perspective.
None of which is to suggest Corby’s new album, ‘Rainbow Valley’, isn’t clever or prone to making people feel good. It is both, and then some. From the surreal, dreamlike splendour of first single “No Ordinary Life” – which was met with worldwide acclaim and high-rotation on triple j – to the soulful majesty of the title track, ‘Rainbow Valley’ reveals an artist who seems both more aware of what he wants and why he wants it.
Many like minds answered the call. Wolf Alice’s 2015 gold-certified debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ hit No 2 in the UK charts in June of that year, and No 12 on the Billboard alternative albums chart in the US: that’s the sort of success most young guitar bands wait years to achieve. Wolf Alice were nominated for the Mercury prize, Ivor Novello Award, a Brit and Grammy, and took an NME Award for Best Live Band, hitting the road and traversing the globe for two years as a result.
The band’s acclaimed second album ‘Visions Of A Life’, which debuted in the UK charts at number two, is fundamentally a personal album, and one of great growth for Wolf Alice. From opener ‘Heavenward’ through to the epic, eight-minute closing title track, it’s packed with surprises for those who think they know what Wolf Alice’s shtick is. Witness their explosive live show at Splendour!
Friendly Fires – comprised of Ed Macfarlane, Edd Gibson and Jack Savidge – returned to the recorded music and live arenas in 2018 following a hiatus, to remind us all exactly why we fell in love with them in the first place. First came the anthemic comeback single ‘Love Like Waves’ which was met with widespread acclaim. Then launching into a summer of high profile festival appearances (not to mention a sold out headline show at London’s legendary, 5000 capacity Brixton Academy), Friendly Fires would go on to headline some of the UK’s best loved in addition to show-stealing performances if front of hundreds of thousands of fans around the world. They capped the year off with their crossover anthem ‘Heaven Let Me In’, which was co-produced with Disclosure and featured acclaimed British actor Jeremy Irvine in the video. Splendour in the Grass marks the band’s first Australian shows in over 6 years.
Born into an exceptionally musical family, Georgia and Caleb had their breakthrough as BROODS with the 2014 single “Bridges.” That track appeared on their full-length debut ‘Evergreen’, an album that debuted at #1 on the New Zealand Albums Chart and #5 on the Australian Albums Chart. They’ve gone on to support the likes of Sam Smith on a sold-out US tour and have also played leading festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.
They come to Splendour armed with a new record, the title of which may sound like a warning, but it’s really a self-reminder. Having recently endured some major label shake-ups, the duo brought ‘Don’t Feed the Pop Monster’ to life with very limited resources but ultimately created their most fully realized album to date. After years of attempting to artfully navigate the pop landscape, the New Zealand-bred duo decided to drop all pretence and get back to embracing their purest and strangest instincts.
Multi-platinum Sydney singer-songwriter Dean Lewis was on a plane when he heard a phrase that struck him like a bolt of lightning. “An in-flight-radio DJ said, ‘I wish that was a place we’d known about’,” recalls the Sydney singer-songwriter. “I went to my notes and wrote ‘A Place We Knew’ and was like, that’s the album title. That ties everything together.”
Released in March 2019, Lewis’ beautiful debut features hit singles ‘Be Alright,’ ‘7 Minutes’ and ‘Stay Awake’. It blew up airwaves as Triple J’s feature album, and also debuted #1 on the ARIA Album chart!
Farther afield, Dean recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and has a sold-out headline tour in the USA to his name. ‘A Place We Knew’ debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 in the USA, as well a
FIDLAR have become of the premiere names in the punk rock scene since emerging in 2011 with their debut EP. They were notorious around Los Angeles for getting wrecked, having run-ins with the cops, and singing about cheap beer.
Since then, they’ve graced festival stages worldwide including St Jeromes Laneway Festival, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Reading and Leeds.
FIDLAR make their return to the Splendour stage armed with anticipated third album, ‘Almost Free’. It bears a raw vitality that FIDLAR partly attributes to a certain lightning-in-a-bottle element in its construction. It touches on many of the tragedies of modern life: existential dread, gentrification, the inescapable sway of the super-rich, post-breakup telecommunication, and the loneliness of sobriety.
Wacky as ever, FIDLAR have been surging the stage for almost ten years now with all their punch and audacity. You want a wild show? FIDLAR is here for you.
Sydney’s favourite twins, Cosmo’s Midnight, are maestros of the mix-n-match, purveyors of electronic beats, clad with a solid R’n’B sensibility, with a tasteful touch of the heart of house. The duo have curated a unique and distinctive sound that has earned them critical acclaim from all corners of the globe.
2018 has proved to be their biggest year yet, with the release of their debut album ‘What Comes Next’. Featuring a slew of Australian and international talent, including Tove Styrke, Winston Surfshirt, Woodes, Panama, Boogie, Buddy & Jay Prince, ‘What Comes Next’ sheds a new light the starry-eyed duo.
The twins return this year with summer dance anthem ‘CUDI (Can U Dig It)’, announcing their biggest Australian tour yet. Selling out shows across the globe, Cosmo’s Midnight have become renowned worldwide as the dappled starlight kings of lightheaded and innovative electronic music.
Australian songstress Meg Mac wouldn’t be complete without her dramatic and personalised vocal style. After winning triple j’s Unearthed Artist of 2014, Meg has won over audiences worldwide with her elusive and genre-merging dark pop that defies expectations.
Her 2015 self-titled EP has gone platinum and her first album, Low Blows, debuted at number two on the Australian Album Charts.
Late last year, Meg unveiled the song and accompanying video for the powerful ‘Give Me My Name Back’ – the video serving as a rallying cry about reclaiming identity, dignity and self-worth in a post #MeToo era and in February 2019, Meg released her new track, ‘Something Tells Me’, a song of releasing external pressures and following your own moral compass.
Catch Meg’s enthralling live show that has led to her consistently selling out Australian tours, playing major festivals stateside and headline her own US tour at this year’s Splendour!
Ziggy Alberts gives new meaning to the term independent artist. At only 24 years old he has released five records, started his own label Commonfolk Records, and played sold out tours across the world
Ziggy creates honest and personal music that explores his relationships both with others and the planet – a subject close to Ziggy’s heart as a surfer and environmental enthusiast.
In 2018, Ziggy released his fifth record ‘Laps Around The Sun’ which was premiered on Billboard Magazine and was Feature Album of the Week on triple j. In the first week after its release, the album charted to #2 on the ARIA Australian Artist Album Charts. He also embarked on his ‘Laps Around The Sun World Tour’, where he officially sold out all 37 dates!
2019 is set to be Ziggy’s biggest year yet, as he shares his magic with Europe, UK, North America, South Africa and Australia, when he hits the Splendour stage.
Hayden James has been producing immense summer house jams with soulful and evocative vocals ever since he burst onto the Australian music scene in 2013. He’s since captured worldwide attention and critical success with multiple Platinum-certified hits.
His debut EP put his name on the map, but the success of hit single “Something About You” took the world by storm, earning Gold certification in Australia. He followed this success with sold out shows across Australia, Europe and the US while also finding the time to co-write and produce a number of tracks for Katy Perry.
His track “NUMB,” released in 2017 scored Platinum certification in Australia. 2018 was a breakout year with hits “Better Together” featuring Running Touch and “Just Friends” enjoying chart positioning on both ARIA and Spotify since their release.
2019 is shaping up to be Hayden’s biggest year yet, with a new single to be released in April!
In just over a year, South London-born grime artist Dave (aka Santan Dave) has skyrocketed into the public consciousness as an artist like no other. From becoming the youngest ever winner of an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song for his 2017 politically-charged single “Question Time”, to amassing over 600 million streams as an independent artist, becoming the second artist to debut at No. 1 in the UK last year (with single “Funky Friday”) and gaining the No. 1 UK chart position and universal acclaim for his debut album ‘PSYCHODRAMA’, Dave has undoubtedly emerged as one of the most important and necessary voices in music today.
Charged with both upbeat nostalgia and stark social-realism, ‘PSYCHODRAMA’ is an intricate, complex and striking 11-track collection that encapsulates everything special and unique about the prodigal rapper.
Angus Stone has steered a life’s journey of epic proportions, both solo as well as with his sister Julia by his side. Now, he is putting his well-travelled feet in the soil, allowing them to take root. DOPE LEMON thrives on an unmistakable sense of humour and an earthy dose of humility.
The making of Dope Lemon’s debut ‘Honey Bones’ became the ultimate reflection of Angus’s existence, with tracks like ‘Marinade’ and ‘Uptown Folks’ making waves across the country. ‘Honey Bones’ long-awaited follow-up, however? Only Angus knows what’s in-store for that one. But rest assured, it’s coming. In 2019, Angus looks out onto the open horizon in view of a new conquest, a new plain to explore. He wants to take audiences with him to these unchartered plains. Whatever he finds, it’ll surely be worth the time.
Since the release of his stunning April 2017 EP, ‘Doves and Ravens’, and follow-up single ‘Moments Passed’, Kennedy has shot to over 300m plays on streaming platforms and been hailed as a “big, beautiful and bold” new voice by Beats 1’s Zane Lowe.
At the tail end of 2018 and with the success of single ‘Power Over Me’ still rolling, including 30m+ global streams to date and over 10m+ YouTube views, Dermot was hailed as NPR Slingshot’s ‘Best New Artist of 2018’. Alongside this accolade Kennedy was also included by the BBC’s Sound Of, YouTube, Ticketmaster and MTV Push as one of one their key artists to watch for 2019.
Allday is carving his own lane. Growing from self-released mixtapes to two Top 10 albums, gaining the ear of the world’s tastemakers and rapidly selling out concert hall tours, indicating just how big the Allday juggernaut has become.
Allday’s debut album, Startup Cult, landed a #3 spot on the ARIA Charts and spawned hit singles ‘Right Now’ and ‘You Always Know The DJ’ while his second full-length project, Speeding, scored another top 10 chart debut with hit singles ‘Sides’, ‘Raceway’ and the incredible ‘In Motion’.
With new tracks ‘Protection’ and ‘Wonder Drug’ just out and his 3rd album ‘Starry Night Over The Phone’ on the near horizon, Allday will no doubt continue to turn heads throughout 2019.
Catch him as he is joined on stage by some amazing friends at Splendour 2019!
With much lauded and energetic performances, critically acclaimed albums, sold out headline shows and international tours with the likes of Gorillaz, Anderson .Paak, Ab-Soul and shows with the iconic Ms. Lauryn Hill, 24-year-old Londoner, Little Simz is living out her childhood dreams and inspiring her generation to do the same.
Having won Breakthrough Artist of the Year at BBC DJ Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards and becoming the first independent UK artist to make the Forbes List of 30 Under 30 in Europe, Little Simz has received huge acclaim with Compton’s Pulitzer Prize winner and last year’s Splendour headliner, Kendrick Lamar declaring her to be “one of the illest doing this right now”.
Little Simz’ music blends hip hop with soul, R&B and jazz influences as the dynamic soundscape for a path of introverted reflection and focused self-determination that distil into concise, relatable bars that are sure to blow you away.
On their third album ‘LO LA RU’, The Rubens effortlessly pick up from where their Hottest 100-topping single left off, using the success of ‘Hoops’ as an opportunity to spread their creative wings, pushing their music into new territory that is exciting for them, plus, they’re having a bloody good time while they’re at it.
From the exuberant party jam ‘Million Man’, that kicks off ‘LO LA RU’, it’s clear The Rubens are intent on capturing the simple joy of lifelong friends making music together. It’s ‘Never Ever (feat. Sarah)’, though, that sees The Rubens in entirely new territory. Co-written with Sarah Aarons, ‘Never Ever’ is the first time the band have collaborated with an outsider and the first time Sam has shared lead vocals on a Rubens record. It’s the sound of a band confidently carving out their own territory, creating a world where creative freedom and good times reign supreme.
Formed in 2011, Maribou State released a string of EP’s and singles before their 2015 album “Portraits” propelled them to the world stage, amassing over 80m streams the record drew comparisons to The xx, James Blake and Mount Kimbie and spawned a live show that took them around the globe, including standout sets at some of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Secret Garden Party.
The debut album received radio support from some of the music industry’s heaviest hitters including legends Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Gilles Peterson, gained the duo a BBC Radio 1 residency and Essential Mix and earned praise from likes of The Guardian, i-D and Vogue.
2018 saw Maribou State’s triumphant return with fresh record, ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ as well as a headline EU tour. Catch their highly acclaimed tunes at Splendour 2019.
Meet Winston Surfshirt, the Sydney-based six-piece quickly winning over fans and industry alike with their unique blend of funk, soul and hip-hop – the auditory equivalent of A Tribe Called Quest splitting spliffs with your parent’s favourite band.
With a lauded and unique versatility in their sound, Winston Surfshirt’s past performances range from sold out headline shows across national Australian tours, to festival billing at Spilt Milk, Falls Festival, Field Day & This That, support slots for Midnight Oil’s comeback tour, underground warehouse gigs and block parties.
The band released their now gold-certified debut single, ’Be About You’ in 2017 from their debut album, ‘Sponge Cake’ – a 16-track melange of summer sounds. After earning triple j feature album, the band went on to sell out all 10 shows across the country on their national Sponge Cake tour.
Winston Surfshirt dropped their brand new single ‘For the Record’ at the end of 2018, so get ready to hear new tracks alongside old faves at Splendour!
As Tycho, Scott Hansen blends swirling melodies into triumphant arcs that crisscross between stuttering beats and vocal samples, creating rolling sonic landscapes that extend into the horizon.
Hansen began releasing music over 15 years ago with ‘The Science of Patterns’ EP. His first full-length, ‘Sunrise Projector’, came out in 2004, and the critical acclaim continued in 2006 with the release of ‘Past Is Prologue.’ In 2011, his meticulous process saw the release of ‘Dive’, the first record in a trilogy that was followed by ‘Awake’ in 2014 and, most recently, ‘Epoch’ in 2016.
‘Epoch’ leverages the sonic aesthetic of ‘Dive’’s down-tempo vintage-style synthesizers and beautiful melodies while drawing on the kinetic energy of ‘Awake’’s progressive composition and organic instrumentation. The album debuted on Billboard’s “Top Dance/Electronic Albums” at #1 and earned Tycho its first ever GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Dance/Electronic Album.” Over the course of the last 15 years, Hansen has developed from a delicate solo performer into the iconic frontman of a powerful four-piece live band that brings his compositions to life.
West Coast vagabonds POND released their eighth studio album ‘Tasmania’ in March, some kind of sister missive to their 2017 opus ‘The Weather.’
The album is Pond’s dejected meditation on planetary discord, water, machismo, shame, blame and responsibility, love, blood and empire, all wrapped in luxurious, funky prog-pop. Produced and mixed by Kevin Parker and POND, the album is another essential instalment in their always expanding canon.
POND have stunned at premiere musical festivals around the world including Primavera, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Reading and Leeds, The Governors Ball and have sold out countless venues around the globe. In the coming months, POND will hit Glastonbury in England and Primavera in Spain, before returning home for Splendour!
There is something incredibly special about the The Teskey Brothers. It’s not just the music they make, or their preternatural ability to conjure the spirit of soul and blues masters, or even Josh Teskey’s era-defying voice. It’s the fact that they’ve been hiding in plain sight, honing their craft for a decade, before making serious waves with their debut album ‘Half Mile Harvest’.
The band kicked off 2019 with the release of hook laden new single ‘Right For Me’. Keeping the good times flowing, they’ve also been hard at work on their highly anticipated sophomore album, slated for release later this year! In May they will embark on a huge worldwide tour, including sets at Bonnaroo and Latitude, before returning to Australian shores in time for Splendour in The Grass.
Buoyed by the smashing success of his recent trio of EPs – ‘The Monologue’, ‘The Paradox’ and ‘The Boy Who Cried Freedom’ – Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter Jacob Banks recently released his highly-anticipated full album debut, ‘Village’. It’s a sprawling, deeply immersive experience on which Banks’ throaty, expressive baritone weaves its way through a mesmerizing mix of musical styles and texture. Highlights include “Unknown (To You),” which has amassed over 20 million streams, “Be Good To Me” ft. Seinabo Sey, which has been featured on The New York Times’ “The Playlist,” and “Chainsmoking,” which Jacob recently performed on both Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Jacob’s live performances have captivated audiences around the globe, from sold-out headline dates to top-notch festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Life is Beautiful, and Afropunk. He’s busy selling out the largest rooms of his career to date, and soon he’ll be bringing that beautiful baritone to Byron Bay!
Led by vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale, Wolfmother have amassed a global fanbase, played to packed-house crowds around the world, delivered show-stealing sets at star-studded festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Reading, Rock In Rio, Download and more. They’ve been invited to share stages with the likes of rock icons Aerosmith, AC/DC and Guns N Roses – including performing by personal invitation for Led Zeppelin’s induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame!
After clocking up multi-platinum sales, ARIA and Grammy awards, in 2016 Wolfmother released album number four, ‘Victorious’ to rave reviews before hitting the road on a massive world tour.
Having spent the majority of their career touring and selling out theatres, stadiums and festivals throughout the world, get ready to hear classics like ‘Woman’ and ‘Joker & the Thief’ when Wolfmother make a welcome return to Splendour in 2019.
Tropical Fuck Storm came looming onto the scene in 2018 with their intense and perfect debut album, ‘A Laughing Death in Meatspace’. The album is Gareth Liddiard at his most fierce as a songwriter, holding nothing back, which keeps in line with the uncontrollable noise-rock from the band. TFS deliver a fraught vision of algorithmic apocalypse.
Live, Tropical Fuck Storm are a force of nature, conjuring chaos at every blistering performance, with zero shits to give for corporate music hegemony. This is a storm you won’t be taking shelter from at Splendour in the Grass!
Detroit wunderkind Kyle Hall has been actively involved in the house music scene since age 11, when local legend DJ Raybone Jones taught him how to spin records. Subsequently, under the auspices of such notable mentors as Rick Wilhite (Three Chairs) and Mike Huckaby, Hall developed a rich understanding of the city’s deep house underground. By his early teens, Hall was already performing radio and club shows around the area.
Hall’s first break as a producer came at age 16, when he was approached by deep house luminary Omar-S, whose FXHE label released his debut record and introduced his music to a wider audience for the first time. Since then, Hall has enjoyed continued support from Omar-S, whose recent Fabric radio mix consisted solely of Kyle Hall productions. Thus, having enlisted the support of the Motor City’s house elite, the stage was set for Hall to gain recognition as a respected artist in his own right.
If you distilled California into soundwaves and vibrations, it might resemble the sonic and spiritual interplay of Los Angeles quintet Local Natives. Hills and valleys of six-string bliss, a coastal spray of neon keyboards, and sundrenched melodies comprise a growing catalogue of entrancing and engaging anthems by the band.
Local Natives have progressed their sound over the course of four full-length albums, ‘Gorilla Manor’, ‘Hummingbird’, ‘Sunlit Youth’ and most recently ‘Violet Street’, an ode to LA and the spirit of the city in all of its widescreen splendour.
In between countless sold out shows and festival appearances – including a standout Coachella 2017 set – they’ve graced the stages of Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Late Show With James Corden.
Sydney trio Mansionair released their long-awaited debut album ‘Shadowboxer’ in March this year featuring singles ‘Falling’, ‘We Could Leave’, ‘Shadows’ and Gold certified ‘Astronaut (Something About Your Life)’.
The band’s journey began in 2014 following the release of ‘Hold Me Down’, which quickly became a viral hit. What followed was a succession of singles that hit both the ARIA & Billboard charts, culminating in a whopping 130 million streams.
Mansionair have enjoyed major support tours for the likes of alt-J, Florence & The Machine & London Grammar, played Laneway Festival, are currently on a 20-date tour of the USA & will be one of only a handful of Australian artists at this year’s Coachella before they head home for Splendour!
A melting pot of culture and influences, singer-songwriter Odette’s worldy-wise and astute songwriting has left a mark on both the Australian and international music scene. The release of her highly acclaimed debut ‘To A Stanger’ sparked a legion of growing fans and admirers, with the record amassing nearly 30 million streams, two consecutive triple j Hottest 100 entries and two nominations in at the 2018 ARIA’s including “Breakthrough Artist”.
Alongside the album accolades, Odette has embarked on two sold out national tours of Australia, performed at numerous festival’s and completed shows as far afield as Dublin, London, Zurich and Paris.
‘To A Stranger’ is a bold and confident debut record, brimming with deliberate melodies, clever compositions and lyrical meditations on love and life plucked straight from the heart. Deeply personal and captivating in presence, Odette is one not to miss.
Sydney native Ruby Fields blew up the airwaves last year with super loved track ‘Dinosaurs’. It cracked the top 10 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018, taking out number 9, and has amassed over 3 million streams online.
A singer-songwriter who creates narratives that resonate with all of us, her simple yet poignant lyrics are combined with indie rock chords and a punk rock delivery that has got the whole country paying attention
After uploading her first single to Triple J Unearthed and gaining national airplay on the same day, Ruby’s upward trajectory has been one to watch. The release of her debut extended play “Your Dad’s Opinion for Dinner”, hatched singles “I Want”, “P Plates”and “Ritalin” which have raked in more than 5 million listens on Spotify. Here them in all their glory at Splendour 2019!
Some DJs burst upon the scene like a supernova, fading just as quickly. Others take years, even decades, to make their way—but those are the ones who make the most impact. Mike Servito is a prime example of the latter. He’s perfected a jacking style that equal parts house, acid and techno, a sound that pays homage to the past while being very much of-the-moment.
He’s cemented his status as one of the most respected spinners around, regularly manning the decks at such hallowed halls as Berlin’s Panorama Bar, London’s XOYO and Tokyo’s Contact, not to mention the world’s best festivals—including, of course Movement. And to this day, his approach to deejaying is refreshingly simple: “I really don’t think about it,” he says, “When I’m playing, I just dive in, and I’m OK.” He’s far more than okay—he’s one of the best around.
The huge success of their first two albums, 2012’s ‘In A Million Years’ (Top 10 Australian ARIA Chart), and 2015’s ‘Wellness’ established Last Dinosaurs as stalwarts of the international indie rock scene and as one of Australia’s greatest indie-pop exports. Selling out shows across Australia as well as huge headlining tours and festival plays across the UK and Europe, SE Asia and South Africa, Last Dinosaurs also supported international acts such as Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Bloc Party and Foster the People and made appearances at festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Laneway, Falls Festival and Field Day to name a few.
Much to the delight of fans across the world, 2018 saw the release of third album, ‘Yumeno Garden’. The first two singles ‘Dominos’ and ‘Eleven’ went straight to high rotation on Triple J, while the album tour sold out multiple venues in each city across the country. In December, Last Dinosaurs announced their first ever US tour, with the first round of shows in LA, Chicago and LA selling out in under a minute!
Thelma Plum is an award winning (NIMA, Unearthed) storyteller and a creator. Bravery, strength and resilience are not often the first things you attach to her brand of sophisticated folk music – but they should be. Thelma takes you on her journey down the garden path, and along the way shows you her world; both magical and sweet, but also equally scathing. Thelma’s divine melodies ease you into her universe, her stories detail the surroundings and her songs make you want to stay. Her new single is ‘Not Angry Anymore,’ which follows 2018’s ‘Clumsy Love.’
Her latest work could be posed as a pleasant and easy trip, you’re lulled into its catchy nature; but you’re quickly snapped back if you do not pay attention.
After a massive year off the back of their critically acclaimed third full length album ‘The American Dream’, Trophy Eyes and their heart wrenching rock anthems continue to roll with a rapidly building global swell, appearing on some of their biggest tours and festival appearances to date. They’ve sold out theatres at home in Australia, stateside and in the UK.
Bursting with nuanced energy and massive hooks, Trophy Eyes’ third album exploded out of the gate, charting at #8 in Australia, earning the coveted Triple J Feature Album, and garnering high praise from critics.
2019 sees the 5-piece from Newcastle hit the stage on tour with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Blink 182, Billie Eilish, and DMA’s, alongside their inaugural set at Splendour!
After steadily making a name for himself amongst Australia’s bubbling electronic underground, Harvey Sutherland began to make international waves in 2013 with a series of successful 12” records. Blending a broad array of crate-digging influences, his initial EPs have been championed by international tastemakers like Gilles Peterson, Jamie xx and The Black Madonna.
Sold-out shows with his impeccable live band followed around the world – including Glastonbury Festival, Nuits Sonores, Meredith Music Festival, Splendour In The Grass and Freedom Time – alongside some unique side-projects: he performed an original cinematic disco suite alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as directing a tour with an 11-piece band in support of New York boogie icon Leroy Burgess.
From the time Harvey Sutherland began making music, he was influenced by dance music, but not comfortable inside its rules. Still rooted in soul, disco and funk, the modern techno universe was not exactly where he fit – and so Harvey Sutherland has created one of his own.
Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer K.Flay sticks to a powerful, passionate, and positive message, which was forged in a decade-long diligent grind, marked by a series of acclaimed releases.
Most recently, K.Flay released her new single “Bad Vibes”, which was produced by Tommy English (Ariana Grande, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Kasey Musgraves). It showcases her signature clever quips between a siren swell of synths, thick percussion, and an unshakable and undeniable chant.
GRAMMY Award nominations, millions of streams and praise from the likes of Billboard, Nylon and The Fader, as well as collaborations with legendary Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, Linkin Park co-frontman, Mike Shinoda and FIDLAR – it’s fair to say K.Flay has carved her own lane with her unique style.
Last year Sam Fender signed with Polydor Records and released the heartfelt Dead Boys EP. It was a short collection of razor-smart songs that did enough to convince industry heads to vote Sam their BRITs Critics’ Choice for 2019, following the likes of Adele, Florence & The Machine and Sam Smith. This year that momentum has continued at pace; bigger shows are selling out, bigger, bolder songs are being written, and with a debut album almost complete, Sam Fender remains the young British songwriter most likely to. It’s not just his fans and critics that are touched by the tunes, there’s an edge to Fender’s songs that can also make him tremble. Sam’s song-writing is for impassioned observations about the state of the world around us, socially-pertinent, simply relayed.
Since first bursting out of the UK pub scene in 2012, Slaves have gone onto become of the UK’s most ferocious live bands. Slaves has been built on a rejection of rules and it’s served them well since the release of their Mercury nominated debut album ‘Are You Satisfied?’ in 2015.
But no longer content railing against the status quo, they wanted to smash their own self-created system on album number three. Titled ‘Acts Of Fears And Love’, the record is not what you’ve come to expect from the duo and yet it also feels like an amalgamation of everywhere they’ve been to date. It’s a short sharp blast of intent, not pandering to expectations but a clear-eyed portrayal of how the band see the world in 2018.
Renowned for their totally raucous brand of high energy punk, don’t miss your chance to scream along to Slaves’ anthemic sounds at Splendour 2019.
Everybody can sing, and Pub Choir is on a mission to prove it.
Pack yourself into a tent with thousands of strangers, learn some sweet vocal harmonies together, and then have your performance immortalised in video forever.
No audition, no solos, no commitments, no sheet music, NO WORRIES.
Led by Brisbane local legends Astrid, Waveney and Meg, Pub Choir is equal parts comedy, beer, and musical genius.
Music belongs to everybody. So grab a beer, relax, and simply open your mouth. It’s rowdy, wholesome, and so much damn fun.
DJ, producer and label head of celebrated South London labels Church, Coastal Haze, and all my thoughts, Seb Wildblood is coming off of his greatest year yet. His trifecta of imprints continues to turn heads via regularly releasing some of their most acclaimed music to date on a nearly monthly basis from the likes of D.Tiffany, Gnork & Ciel to name a few. All the while, Wildblood has been enjoying his most active year as a DJ in clubs and festivals across the continents. On his recent solo EP, Grab the Wheel on all my thoughts, he experiments further from his signature jazz-infused sound to explore more 90s-tinged dancefloor styles, from deep melodic garage to atmospheric Chicago house, and even reverb-soaked dub techno. Maintaining his sensual and rhythmic approach, while armed with a diverse collection of club tracks, moving into 2019, Wildblood continues to make a name for himself.
New Zealand four-piece The Beths channel their longtime friendship into high-energy guitar pop with a smart lyrical bite. 2018 was their breakout year, beginning with a signing to Carpark Records and Dew Process Records, before releasing their internationally acclaimed debut album ‘Future Me Hates Me’, which was heralded as one the standout music releases of that year. They’ve since been touring the world non-stop, and don’t look like slowing down anytime soon!
Set Mo is an electronic music duo from Sydney, Australia. Nick Drabble and Stu Turner first came together as a DJ combo in 2012 and soon progressed into producing tunes. The guys share a love of Basement Jaxx, Booka Shade, Chemical Brothers, disco and classic house, Groove Armada, Jamie XX and Moby — influences they wear on their sleeves musically. You’ve probably heard their gold accredited singles “I Belong Here” and “White Dress” (clocking up over 30million streams between them) but they’ve made many more equally lovely tunes you’d be advised to give a spin. Dive into their debut album “Surrender” for a start. Their live show debuts in May across a sold out tour of Australia and New Zealand before heading to Splendour in the Grass 2019.
On her debut EP ‘Sugar & Spice’ – the 2018 release that prompted Pitchfork to dub her the “dream-pop idol of tomorrow” – Hatchie delivered the sonic equivalent of falling deliriously in love: a sustained rush of feeling, swoony melodies and gauzy guitar tones.
Now, with her full-length debut ‘Keepsake’, the Australian singer/songwriter explores everything from industrial to new wave to dance-pop, handling each with understated elegance and pure, powerful feeling. On lead single ‘Without a Blush’, jagged guitar riffs and woozy rhythms meet in a sprawling piece of industrial-pop, with Hatchie’s gorgeously airy voice channeling loss and longing, regret and self-doubt.
Hatchie will be captivating crowds throughout North America, the UK and Europe this year before heading home to bring all the feels to Splendour in the Grass!
London duo HONNE will make their Australian live debut at this year’s Splendour in the Grass following the release of their critically acclaimed 2018 album ‘Love Me / Love Me Not.’
On their sophomore album HONNE trade bedroom production for richer, more textured beat-driven sounds. It sees them collaborate with pop’s most diverse and exciting talents including Anna of the North, Georgia and Tom Misch. 2018 also saw the duo team up with Whethan on the single ‘Radar’ which was embraced by triple j listeners.
From playing sold out shows at Brixton Academy in their hometown of London to headlining festivals in Asia, HONNE are one of the most exciting and in-demand live acts who are not to be missed this year at Splendour in the Grass!
Writer, producer, artist Kwame makes a triumphant return to the Splendour stage a year after winning the coveted triple j Unearthed Splendour in the Grass spot in 2018!
A lot has happened since the Western Sydney creative opened the Amphitheatre to thousands of bouncing fans. Following three killer shows, with some crowning him the ‘king of BIGSOUND 2018’, Kwame jumped on stage at the triple j One Night Stand and countless festivals across the country. Riding high on the support of his single ‘CLOUDS’, as premiered by Zane Lowe on Apple Music Beats 1, Kwame sold out all nine of his headline shows across Australia earlier this year.
Kwame has sealed his position as the new king of the Australian hip-hop scene, with over 5 million streams between his last 2 singles and winning triple j’s Unearthed Artist of the Year.
This ever-evolving talent returns to Splendour ready to whip up a frenzy with new songs and an even bigger live show.
Formed in a North Carolina dormitory in 2012, The Nude Party celebrates the clanging frat rock of the ‘60s. Originating as an extended group of childhood friends and step-siblings who decided to start a band and then began learning to play instruments, The Nude Party took root at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
Soon after coming together, the sextet soon moved into a lake house and started a nightly ritual of jamming in the basement. It was at a regular gig as the house band at a certain Boone party locale that the group’s practice of performing in the buff earned them a local reputation as “the naked party band.” They adopted the moniker The Nude Party just in time to move onto bookings at local clubs and bars, where they had to perform clothed.
As word of their rawness and good-times sprit spread, New West signed the group for their full-length debut. “The Nude Party” was released in July of 2018, and was heralded by Rolling Stone as “equal parts ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’ Velvet Underground and Exile on Main Street Stones.” In the year following their release, the band has opened for the likes of The Arctic Monkeys and Jack White, with plans to continue touring with over 150 dates globally in 2019.
Nathan Micay (FKA Bwana) is a Berlin based artist with plenty of hits already under his belt. The last year has seen outings on esteemed labels such Whities, ESP Institute and his own vinyl only Schvitz Edits. After many spins to packed out dance floors, track ‘First Casualty’ was finally released in 2018 and appeared on numerous end of year lists, most notably Resident Advisor’s ‘best tracks of 2018’.
As a DJ, he’s kicked just as many goals, with multiple invites to Tim Sweeny’s Beats in Space, a recent inclusion in the lauded Resident Advisor Podcast series and tour dates around the world including multiple stops as Berlin’s Berghain/Panorama Bar and London’s fabric. Set to unvail his first album ‘Blue Spring’ in May on powerhouse label LuckyMe, the only way is up for this young artist.
There’s an unshakable sense of comfort and resonance that comes with listening to Slowly Slowly. Frontman Ben Stewart’s vivid lyricism and emotionally-charged vocals douse swirling guitars and soaring percussion and prove the Melbourne four-piece as nothing short of striking storytellers.
They took utter command of 2018 with LP ‘St. Leonards’ – an earnest invitation into Stewart’s musings which spawned knockout singles including ‘Alchemy’, ‘Aliens’ and ‘Ten Leaf Clover’. They then took on two headline tours around the country to sold out rooms, and garnered massive support slots with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Amy Shark.
Slowly Slowly are poised to release some of their most commanding music to date in the coming months, just in time for Splendour!
Chaotic purveyors of blistering rock music, Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are the epitome of lightning bottled, bringing raucous live shows to audiences around Australia and beyond.
Since signing with Wildlife Entertainment in the UK (Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood), the Aussie four-piece have dominated multiple sold out tours across AUS, UK and USA, extensive successes on air and on stage internationally, with Triple J rotation and support from BBC Radio 1 propelling the band onto a global radar. Dominating stages from Groovin’ the Moo through to The Great Escape and SXSW, performing alongside the likes of Interpol and Royal Blood, the band have gone from strength to strength.
Bringing intoxicating and heady guitars together with hypnotic vocals and insatiable rhythms, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets toe the line of madness and fierce self-awareness with their music, developing into one of Australia’s most in-demand exports.
Kian was first introduced to music at the tender age of two, when he hit the road with his dad, creating music in remote Indigenous communities. In Beswick Community, he met Baker Boy and developed a fast friendship, which powered their epic collaborative anthem “Cloud 9”, before KIAN made his introduction as a solo artist in 2018, on ‘Too Far Gone’ with Vince the Kid.
Last year, KIAN took out triple j’s Unearthed High Competition, unleashing breakout hit ‘Waiting’. Within a few months, he’d racked up 12 million Spotify streams, soaring to #1 on the Spotify Hot Hits Australia Playlist, and eventually taking out #20 on the Hottest 100.
Get ready to hear new track ‘Childism’, another brilliant slice of modern pop music with breezy, head nodding production. when he takes to the Splendour stage.
Kenji Takimi is a true pioneer of the leftfield scene. His label Crue-L Records has been at the forefront of Japanese alternative music since its inception 25 years ago, releasing the likes of Cornelius and Buffalo Daughter, as well as Kenji’s own production projects Crue-L Grand Orchestra, Luger E-Go and Being Borings.
Remixing Cut Copy, Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), Boris, Sebastien Tellier and Nina Kraviz, alongside studio work with dance favourites Theo Parrish and DJ Harvey, Kenji is one of Japan’s busiest and most sought-after DJs with an unmistakable romantic, spacey and eclectic style.
Dear Seattle are the melodic, sing along, beer-in-the-air, headbanging-with-heart punk rock band you’ve been waiting for.
One part mosh pit, and one part love letter (with a dash of VB) the band have created a truly unique and powerful style of song-writing that’s connecting with fans across Australia and the rest of the world.
2018 saw the release of their debut album “Don’t Let Go”, which cracked the top 10 in the ARIA Charts. No strangers to the live scene, Dear Seattle have shared the stage with the likes of Citizen), Emarosa, Trophy Eyes, Balance and Composure, and Tired Lion, as well as supporting Columbus and Kingswood – all of which has led to their ability to deliver a killer live performance!
From charting on Spotify viral charts in Australia and the UK, being added to high rotation on triple j, and crowd surfing their way across Australia on numerous tours, Dear Seattle have arrived, and they’re only just getting started.
The members of Charly Bliss have known each other since middle school, having grown together in their evolution from scrappy upstarts to the confident, assured artists behind the comparatively big, brave and bold ‘Young Enough’.
Charly Bliss recorded and released their debut EP, ‘Soft Serve’ in 2014. This was followed by their self-released candy-coated punk LP ‘Guppy’ in 2017 and time spent out on the road increased, as did the Charly Bliss fanbase, but the essence of the band’s sound didn’t change much.
When it came time to record 2019’s ‘Young Enough’ the band upped the ante whilst also maintaining that sense of irrepressible joy and fun they’re known for. The end result is an album that feels young and joyous but also steeped in depth and maturity.
Catch the band as front woman, Eva Hendricks, spins across that stage like a tornado of joy and rage at Splendour 2019
Over the past 18 months Kaiit has been sweeping the stages and airways with style and grace, performing with the likes of The Internet, Smino, and Tank and the Bangers, alongside performance’s at some of Australia’s most loved festivals including Golden Plains, Strawberry Fields, A Festival Called Panama and Dark Mofo.
The release of her debut ep ‘Live From Her Room’ put her on the radar of soul royalty Miss Jill Scott, who called her ‘the love child of Miss Scott and Eryka Badu’. She went on to sell out a 13 date Australian and New Zealand tour.
2018 showed no signs of slowing down for this young songstress, with The Age Music Victoria Awards awarding her the “Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent” before rounding out the year with a performance for Zane Lowe’s Beats One showcase, cementing her as one of Australia’s fast rising talents.
Comprised of the cream of Brooklyn’s young musician crop, each member of Phony PPL is a product of musical parents who gifted their children exposure to the greatest, from Mandrill to Bossa Nova, and, most importantly, wings for exploration and self-discovery. The result is a collective (whose current album is ‘mo-za-ik’) that is as limitless as its music; one that has received praise from the likes of Tyler The Creator and Childish Gambino, performed with Erykah Badu, Fetty Wap and The Roots, and killed festivals (Camp Flog Gnaw), late night television (Jimmy Kimmel) and their own residency at New York City’s legendary Blue Note.
It was ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow’ that introduced the world to their genre-less flavors. Released in 2015, the audio rainbow offers experimental splashes of jazz, hip-hop, R&B, reggae, soul, rock and many more sub-genre expressions.
These Hobart natives have amassed a fierce live following over the past two years thanks to their raw, bold and wild shows. Over the past 12 months, A. Swayze & the Ghosts have performed at Falls Festival as triple j unearthed comp winners, MONA Faux Mo, and BIGSOUND amoungst others, as well as playing alongside Jet, The Vines, Batpiss, and Cosmic Psychos.
The band’s most recent shows at BIGSOUND created a big buzz amongst punters and industry alike, earning them spots in many ‘best of’ lists, which led them to sign with Ivy League Records for AU/NZ & Rough Trade Records for the release of blistering single ‘Suddenly’ in the UK.
‘Suddenly’ follows A. Swayze & the Ghosts’ 2017 self-titled debut EP, and is the start of a new chapter for the band. See their story unfold at Splendour!er for the band. See their story unfold at Splendour!
There is a Japanese term: Mono no aware. It means basically, the sad beauty of seeing time pass – the aching awareness of impermanence. These are the days that we will return to one day in the future only in memories.
The Midnight consists of Tyler Lyle (a songwriter from the Deep South) and Tim McEwan (a producer from Denmark).
Their latest release Kids is available now.
In less than a year, Compton-born artist Channel Tres has found fans in everyone from Anderson Paak to Disclosure to Elton John with Pitchfork, NPR and Gorilla vs. Bear lining up as early champions. Channel’s debut single ‘Controller’ reimagined classic Detroit house with the surly attitude of West Coast rap, and introduced the world to his effortlessly deep baritone via LA-based tastemakers Godmode (Yaeji and Shamir).
Since the release of his debut self-titled EP, Channel has earned a fierce reputation for his live show which delivers a mesmerising mix of music and movement. Recently performing as special guest in North America with Robyn and Vince Staples, Channel will perform at many of the world’s most elite festivals this year, including Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Distortion Festival (Copenhagen), and Field Day (London), before making his way to Splendour in the Grass!
Revesbys finest are notorious for a pulsing and energetic live set. Known for serving up a heavy dose of their very own suburban brand of Australian rock, Pist Idiots are well oiled to continue their rigorous onslaught in 2019! Through hard work and hard rock, these four childhood mates from Western Sydney will truly get you rockin’ n rollin’ in the sweatiest way possible when they rip out tracks like ‘Motor Running’ at Splendour in the Grass.
MorMor, the moniker of rising singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Nyquist, crafts ambitious and genre-bending pop songs that declare the arrival of a new talent. Raised by Scandinavian adoptive parents and inspired by his African and Caribbean heritage, MorMor infuses his music with a tapestry of influences, mirroring the diversity of his hometown of Toronto.
MorMor gravitated to the piano in his childhood home and explored both its potential and his own, forging a more intimate and open-minded relationship with song craft, culminating in the ‘Heaven’s Only Wishful’ EP.
Personal, often to the point of existential, MorMor’s music captures what it feels like to be alone in crowds, deftly touching so many genres and emotions, in a uniquely accessible and intelligent way that all but guarantees his promising career ahead.
Despite having such a laid-back and organic sound more informed by musical beauty than muscular groove, Suzanne Kraft has been one of the most prominent stars of the last few of years. Born Diego Herrera and raised in Los Angeles, the humidity and sun of that state looms large over his DJ and studio output.
Formally trained on saxophone, guitar, bass and keys but hypnotised by the one-man-band possibilities of producing on a computer, Herrera’s work has been at the heart of a blissed out and slow motion revolution that has brought real beauty to the dance floor.
Erthlings are a band a lifetime in the making. Issy, Jessame, Taylor and Lissa came together at a music school in Sydney at age 8, started writing songs by the time they were 9 and now, aged 16, they’re ready to share their sound.
Erthlings’ songs are built from electronic and live sounds. Everything they write draws from personal experience, vignettes of the things they’ve seen and those they’ve lived through. Some tracks are full of attitude, strength, empowerment and sass. Others delve into frustration, disappointment, failed friendships and bridges burned — experiences given voice by four young women who won’t be boxed in. It’s early days for Erthlings, but they’ve already found their voice.
Bergen-Rimini-Chicago-Honolulu-Detroit-Jupiter-Manchester is a rough cut of the sonic map on which Telephones travels. As a DJ and producer he’s gained a solid reputation for his free-spirited curve ball style, mixing anything from rough chicago-tracks, balearic tutti-frutti and proto-house to italo and cosmic techno workouts.
Starting with primitive PC-software and DJing in the late 90s, Telephones debuted in his hometown Bergen, Norway at the turn of the century. Since then he has equally focused on production and DJing, now with over 18 years experience behind the decks.
A firm believer in quality over quantity, Telephones has released a sparse, but highly sought after discography on acclaimed underground-lables like Running Back, Sex Tags UFO, Acido, Love On The Rocks and Full Pupp.
Moaning Lisa are the product of four Canberra natives who find purpose in making loud noises together. Their songs never shy away from honest, frank observations of their everyday lives: sardonic, yet uplifting; angsty, yet clever; unique, yet relatable.
Operating on the edge of the grunge genre, think somewhere between composed restraint and fuzzed-out, life-affirming alternative rock, Moaning Lisa create an atmosphere entirely of their own. Their raucous live shows have seen them support the likes of Mitski, DZ Deathrays, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and more.
Their second EP, ‘Do You Know Enough?’ caught the attention of Triple J and US label, Father/Daughter Records, who went on to release their EP to audiences in North America.
At just 25, Thandi Phoenix has been touted as one of Australia’s most promising up and comers, with songs that blend pop with electronica and raw, honest storytelling. Thandi’s work flourishes from her South African roots where she effortlessly ties a hint of UK Garage, soul and Drum-and-bass in previous singles ‘My Way’ produced by Rudimental, ‘Standing Too Close’ and ‘Tell Me Where The Lovers Have Gone’.
Her talents come endorsed by internationals like Rudimental, Miguel, Jhene Aiko, Tinashe and Tinie Tempah, all of whom have called on Thandi for support slots on their Australian tours as well as joining Vera Blue on her sold out 2017 national tour. Thandi has also gone viral in a good way with her singles ‘Standing Too Close’ and ‘Tell Me Where the Lovers Have Gone’ hitting the #1 spot in the Spotify Australian Viral charts. Her new single, the disco certified ‘Say It’ was produced with hit makers Sigma – taking Thandi’s name around the world. Thandi was recently asked to take on the coveted triple j Like A Version, covering Portishead’s classic ‘Glory Box’ and getting lots of love from triple j listeners.
Inarguably one of Australia’s biggest house luminaries, Janette Pitruzzello aka DJ JNETT has been spinning records since the early 90s.
Having previously presented ABC’s legendary dance music TV show Recovery, JNETT influences and inspires her community through local media; a theme which has continued throughout her career to her eclectic radio program on Melbourne’s PBS.fm, Are You Ready?
JNETT’s boundless crates of wax & supreme turntable technique spans throughout deep house, techno, funk, soul, disco, dub, reggae and hip hop. An integral fixture in Melbourne’s club music scene, JNETT became the ears behind Central Station Records and launched her own brand I Get The Music.
Janette’s sincere love for music, met with her euphoric stage presence, continuously leaves dance floors hugging, smiling and sweating. Having warmed up crowds for Frankie Knuckles, Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Danny Krivit, Sadar Bahar, St Germain & Floating Points, she is not one to miss!
With tunes that could soundtrack the cosmic verandah of Howard Arkley’s suburban weatherboard paradise, Wax’o Paradiso’s splendid krautback discoteque has kept audiences dancing for years.
Dubbed the Dimboola triangle of lost groove, Wax’o has popped up in floating rooftop gardens, luscious convents, shipping containers, train yards, supernatural amphitheatres as well as smack bang under the Sydney Harbour bridge.
United by a fondness for kitsch Australian psychedelia, and a firm belief that Pavlova is indeed the Queen of the dessert, the Wax’o Paradiso family is hell bent on making you groove!
An electronic music specialist at FBi Radio, Andy Garvey is the voice of weekly radio show Pure Space. With an ear finely tuned to the workings of the diverse local and international dance music community, Andy introduces some of the world’s most interesting electronic acts to Sydney airwaves. Her discerning taste and effortless on-air presenting style have also caught the
attention of triple j where she has found a home at Mix Up.
Off air Andy continues to light the fire under packed club floors around Australia with her eclectic mix of carefully curated tracks. She’s recently warmed floors for Legowelt, Florian Kupfer, Julio Bashmore, Kornel Kovacs, Jayda G, Sleep D, Mall Grab, Cyril Hahn and Anthony Naples, and is a regular fixture at Club 77, Vibe Positive and Future Classic hosted events.
Having spent the last 12 months in the studio and on the road honing his craft, this 22-year-old Wollongong native, who now resides in Melbourne has a huge year ahead. It’s songs like ‘Graceful’ that have transformed Organ’s career in the last 12 months. After originally finding fame through performing acoustic covers on Youtube, he now boasts over a million streams of his own material, as well as praise from the likes of triple j, The Music, Pilerats, Best Before, and The AU Review, just to name a few.
His breakout single, ‘Watch You Go,’ was released at the end of last year – a heartfelt song written for his late father – and became his first song to be added to rotation on triple j. Since its release, he’s sold out solo tours and supported and performed alongside big name acts like Jake Bugg and Lanks, and label mate Mallrat.
Lastlings is the artistic output of sibling duo Amy and Josh Dowdle.
Self-taught musically, the Japanese-Australian pair have devoted the better part of five years to their craft, fine tuning their song writing and production from their home in the hinterlands of Southern Queensland.
Releasing two EPs to early acclaim, the duo found themselves having to make a choice between full-time musical pursuit and allowing Amy, then sixteen, to focus on finishing high school. Resisting the pull of the industry, Amy finished her schooling and in 2018 and Lastlings returned with new music and the world at their feet.
Now signed to RÜFÜS DU SOL’s newly founded label Rose Avenue, they work towards their debut album due in late 2019, while continuing to develop their live show that has already seen them tour Australia and North America with RÜFÜS, and step onto Coachella’s DoLaB stage and this year’s Splendour in the Grass Mix-Up.
Merve is a Melbourne based DJ and curator. Laying her rhythmic roots as a programmer and agent, she has become a key selector in the Melbourne electronic music community. Driven by a keen fascination with breaking down barriers between audience and performer, Merve explores the boundaries of each space she takes to, whilst blurring the dichotomy between light and dark.
2019 saw Merve make her Boiler Room debut, recorded at Pitch festival, with both of her sets selected in the top five performances by Resident Advisor. 2018 saw her take to stages at Golden Plains, Let Them Eat Cake and Strawberry Fields. Catch her behind the decks at Splendour spinning acid, tribal, techno and everything in between!
A staple on house and techno bills around Melbourne, this Toronto-native is a diverse selector and a hopeless romantic with a hard love for the dance floor.
Jennifer Loveless is undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s most prolific and hardworking DJs. An ex-classically trained pianist rooted in the territory of house, her sets effortlessly move into techno and beyond, sculpting dance-floors and melting hearts. She has supported heavy hitters like Steffi, Wata Igarashi, and DJ Sprinkles – playing at major festivals and headlining countless clubs.
Noise In My Head is a freeform sonic excursion piloted by Michael Kucyk. From early beginnings as a long-running cult radio show on Melbourne’s 3RRR FM, it has become a vital nexus in the Australia music scene, and now the identity expands as a DJ, two record labels and a party series.
For over 13 years, NIMH has brought together producers, DJs and selectors from all over the world through his radio show. The carefully curated program was broadcast on London online institution NTS, alongside regular presenters Andrew Weatherall, Four Tet, Floating Points, Funkineven and Moxie.
With two labels, NIMH’s quest to share mind bending musical anomalies doesn’t end. Noise In My Head Records has released Suzanne Kraft and Lucy Cliché, and has collaborated with Butter Sessions for compilation series Domestic Documents. Second label, Efficient Space has established itself as a vital retrospective imprint, spotlighting unsung dub master Andy Rantzen and the remarkable Indigenous recordings of Waak Waak Djungi.
The enigmatic and illusive Skin on Skin burns all night through a mix of smoked-out techno, 909-soaked classic house and the best of early Memphis rap, to deliver dance floor anthems straight to your brain.
After joining Mall Grab on sold out stops in Sydney and Brisbane last summer, his bone-shaking debut EP dropped in February. Opening track and lead single, ‘Multiply’, with its screaming sirens and unmistakable TR-909 toms, exploded online and became an instant hood classic across the UK long before its official release on SCDD009.
Prepare to get down with Skin on Skin at Splendour 2019!
Equal parts demonic and elegant, Rebel Yell’s dark, industrial and hazy musical output takes the receiver to a fervent dance floor filled with heavy basslines and mechanical spells. Close your eyes, surrender your limbs, and let go of the real world.
Since the release of her debut EP ‘Mother of Millions’, and her single ‘High Authority’, Rebel Yell (aka Grace Stevenson) has evolved and developed her raw, gritty and industrial sound.
Rebel Yell’s diverse and adaptable sound has seen her support a vast range of international artists ranging from Orbital, Charli XCX, Brooke Candy, Pertubator, Youth Code and Australian artists These New South Whales, Rainbow Chan, Nun and more.
A finalist in Triple J’s Unearthed High competition in both 2016 and 2017, Ninajirachi’s production has been described as lush and ethereal and strikingly unique. Her debut single, “Pure Luck (feat. Freya Staer)”, topped the Spotify Australia Viral Charts, received support from Zane Lowe Beats1 and was the second most played track on triple j in 2017 before she even had a chance to graduate from high school.
The 19 year old has now played to crowds at Listen Out, Falls Festival, Groovin the Moo and Field Day as well as supporting Mallrat and Crooked Colours on their Australian tours.
After collaborating with Nina Las Vegas on her club track “Thursdays” in 2018, Ninajirachi signed to NLV Records for the release of her debut EP ‘Lapland’.
Ninajirachi is currently on a headline tour of Australia while working on a variety of collaborative projects with her sights set on Splendour and the rest of the world!
Body Promise are the Sydney based duo made up of Doug Wright and Amelia Jenner. Together they DJ, host a weekly two-hour radio show on one of Australia’s most loved radio stations, FBi Radio and run a small label.
They have quickly made a name for themselves in the live arena with expansive sets spanning ambient curiosities, trippy house and techno to percussive club experiments.
They have supported the likes of Actress, Pinch, Fatima Al Qadiri, Asmara, Ansome, Alex Coulton, Versa, Florist, Turner Street Sound and Sleep D. Their live set promises to have you moving your body at this year’s Splendour in the Grass!
Hailing from Melbourne, James and Peter Isaacs are the brotherly duo Donald’s House.
Taking influence from Paradise Garage style disco, early 90s house, and anything with a DMX drum kit, their take on dance music is as refreshing as it is familiar. You’ll often hear M1 solos, chords and stabs, juxtaposed against Phil Collins styled stadium drums, and groovy basslines that just beg your body to move.
Much like their productions, their sets are centred around music that’s heart is firmly locked in the 80s. Regularly they’ll duck and weave through drum machine disco, groove oriented EBM, afro and italo records, while also paying homage to their peers with more traditional house and techno.
You can catch them regularly on Melbourne’s Skylab radio, where they host their show ‘Two Brothers’, at clubs around Australia or at various Lebanese bakeries around Brunswick, Melbourne.
Nostalgia with a twist – Casual Connection brings a freshness to the Disco, Funk & RnB sounds that he so expertly curates. Sampling, editing and re-working classic tracks, his productions are respectful of their origin while bringing something modern and inventive to their sound.
Casual Connection has been named in Traxsource’s Top 100 Nu Disco artists for 5 consecutive years and was recently announced as #11 in the Top 100 Nu Disco Artists for 2018. He has also been featured in DJ Mag, DJ City, Warner Music’s Cool Accidents and every track uploaded to Hypeddit has hit #1.
As a DJ, Casual Connection has built a strong following in his hometown, Perth and further afield, playing gigs around Australia and Asia, and festivals including Listen Out, Spiltmilk, Groovin The Moo Festival, and VIVID Sydney.
DJ Klasik is one of Australia’s most reliable dance floor fillers with his genre-free approach catering uniquely to each crowd.
Whether he’s flying solo or touring alongside his partner-in-crime, B Wise, Klasik’s sets are defined by unexpected mixes, quick cuts and plenty of action on the microphone. It’s not uncommon to see him weave from rhythmic RnB numbers to hard-headed trap, with a little dancehall detour along the way.
A mainstay at Sydney clubs and parties, Klasik has also performed at many a festival including Laneway, Groovin The Moo and previously, Splendour in the Grass. This ain’t his first rodeo.
Klasik has rocked stages alongside global stars like Vince Staples, ScHoolboy Q and The Game, as well as Australian heavy hitters like Horrorshow, Thundamentals and Illy. For the real evidence of his skill, catch him behind the decks, you’ll feel your feet moving within minutes.
Tasmanian production duo, Close Counters have crafted an electrifying fusion of electronic, funk and house music with a healthy dose of dense synths and driving bass lines. Their latest release ‘TIP OF MY TONGUE’ (feat. Laneous) is a tastemaker favourite and builds anticipation for their upcoming EP to be released on The Kite String Tangle’s label, Exist. Recordings.
Since their recent beginnings, Close Counters have supported the likes of What So Not, Tall Black Guy, Tkay Maidza and Shaggy on tours throughout Australia. They’ve also been known to bring the party whilst performing tastefully curated DJ sets and energetic live shows at the likes of Falls Festival, Strawberry Fields, MONA FOMA and Adelaide Fringe Festival so they are well and truly ready to take the stage at Splendour 2019.
From the dusty crates of Sydney’s record stores comes Merph, a genuinely passionate and sound record selector. Specialising in a unique blend of crazy-hazy-deep-jazzy house music, Merph plays regularly on the local club circuit and is a go to for the tough task of dancefloor warming. Now a go-to for heating up a dance floor in Sydney, Merph has played recent support shows for Motor City Drum Ensemble, Harvey Sutherland, Bicep and George Fitzgerald.
Dameeeela is the dynamic DJ you’ve been waiting for. Playing hip-hop, electronic and distinctive rap cuts that infuse the dance floor, you’ll instantly know who’s behind the decks.
An Indigenous DJ and a mainstay of the Brisbane club scene, Dameeeela started out connecting with the city through community radio station 4ZZZ, where she’s hosted shows for over three years. She currently runs Pass The Aux every Thursday night which has been praised as an innovative tastemaker platform for all things hip-hop.
Dameeeela is well versed in the long history of various music genres and always has two fingers on the pulse of current trends and cutting-edge sounds. Having already DJ’d at Splendour In The Grass, Laneway Festival and Listen Out as well as supporting A$AP Rocky, Anderson .Paak and Charli XCX, Dameeeela’s sets are ones not to be missed.
Lex Deluxe is a connoisseur of all things movement. You’re bound to catch her contagious dancing behind the decks.
Drawing inspiration from artists far and wide, Lex has the ability to travel from genre to genre without breaking the groove. From Moby to Letta Mbulu, Derrick Carter to Peggy Gou, you’re transported from Disco to Breakbeat before you know even what’s gone down.
With recent appearances at This That and Groovin’ The Moo, hopping on main support for Confidence Man, The Presets, and CC:DISCO!, Lex has well and truly carved her name into the Australian dance scene.
Her musical interest goes beyond just DJing, Lex has a backlog of releases ready to hit the global airwaves. Taking 4-to-the-floor beats paired with wacky, rare samples, Lex Deluxe’s forthcoming tracks exceed her reputation.