Virtual band Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs. Created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, their acclaimed eponymous debut album was released in 2001. The BRIT and Grammy Award winning band’s subsequent albums are Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017), The Now Now (2018) and Song Machine – Season One: Strange Timez (2020). A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz have achieved success in entirely ground-breaking and unique ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, Montevideo to Manchester and winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor. The band are recognised by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act.
Formed in NY in the late 90s, it is impossible to overstate the impact that The Strokes made on the global music scene when their debut album, Is This It and its singles ‘Last Night’, ‘Hard To Explain’ and ‘Someday’ dropped in 2001. Universally acclaimed, this minimalist rock masterpiece propelled singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr, bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti into the stratosphere. Two decades on, Is This It is still as stunning as ever and a perennial feature on best album lists around the globe.
Always on point, the band followed their debut with an onslaught of successful albums including Room on Fire (2003), First Impressions of Earth (2006), Angles (2011), Comedown Machine (2013) and EP, Future Present Past (2016).
In 2020 The Strokes returned with Grammy Award winning Best Rock Album The New Abnormal. Produced by legendary producer Rick Rubin and recorded at his Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, their sixth studio album has received rave reviews. Associated Press called it “a superb slice of indie rock, varied, exciting and complex, with elements of glam, straight-down-the-line rock and dreamy pop,” while Under the Radar declared it “the most vital and consistent the band has sounded in over a decade.”
The New Abnormal features tracks ‘Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus’, ‘Bad Decisions’ and ‘At The Door’. The album’s cover artwork is a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bird on Money.
Tyler, The Creator is an auteur. A recording artist, songwriter, producer, director, designer and more; he first emerged in 2007 as co-founder of the collective Odd Future before going on to co-create and star in the cult TV show Loiter Squad on Adult Swim with his Odd Future cohorts. This was just the beginning for Tyler — since then he has become a Grammy Award winning artist, releasing six studio albums, launching an internationally acclaimed music festival (Camp Flog Gnaw) that has sold out 8 years running, creating two lifestyle brands (Golf Wang and Golf Le Fleur) that have collaborated with heritage brands like Converse, Lacoste and more, as well as developing two more TV shows (The Jellies! for Adult Swim and Nuts & Bolts for Viceland). His 2019 album IGOR debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, saw him crowned GQ’s Man of the Year and Wall Street Journal Magazine’s Innovator of the Year in addition to being named Best Rap Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. His most recent album CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST was released in June 2021 to universal acclaim and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart once more.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are true indie rock royalty! Originating from New York City in 2000, the band released their first studio album, ‘Fever to Tell’ in 2003 followed by ‘Show Your Bones’ in 2006 and ‘It’s Blitz!’ in 2009. All three albums earned Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and were followed with the band’s highly anticipated fourth release ‘Mosquito’ in 2013.
We can’t wait to welcome the bona fide music legends when they take to the stage at Splendour in the Grass 2022. Make sure you’re front and centre for their set on Friday 22 July or heads will roll!
At the beginning of the third album from London band Glass Animals, frontman Dave Bayley asks himself a series of questions about fundamental issues: identity, memory, love, friendship, the person you have been and the person you want to be. How do you answer so many questions that cut to the heart of who you are? Well, Bayley sings in the very last line, “You go make an album and call it Dreamland.”
Dave Bayley, Ed Irwin-Singer (bass), Drew MacFarlane (guitar) and Joe Seaward (drums) released their first album, Zaba, in 2014, on Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label. It was a modest debut until the stealthily addictive Gooey became a platinum-certified viral streaming hit. Glass Animals have since notched up over two billion streams, appeared on James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel, and toured the world to strikingly diverse audiences, from Glastonbury to Primavera and Red Rocks to Coachella.
The band’s latest album, Dreamland, emerged from a traumatic period for Glass Animals. In July 2018, Joe Seaward was knocked off his bicycle by a van in Dublin, breaking a femur and fracturing his skull. As Seaward gradually recovered, he was able to participate in the recording of Dreamland and played his first show since the accident in Oxford in November 2019.
Released in August 2020, Dreamland is Glass Animals’ most enthralling album to date, it’s a pop record of rare scope, vision and emotional depth. Get ready to catch it live as Glass Animals take the stage at Splendour in the Grass 2022!
We’ve come to expect big things from Liam Gallagher, but recently he revealed plans for 2022 that are biblical even by his colossal standards. He is set to release his new album ‘C’MON YOU KNOW’ on 27 May as he looks to score a fourth consecutive #1 UK record. He also celebrates the 25th anniversary of Oasis’ era-defining gigs at Knebworth with the news that he’ll return there to play the biggest show of his solo career to date on 4 June 2022.
Huge news for the bona fide rock’n’roll star and all just before he makes his way to Australia for Splendour in the Grass 2022!
‘C’MON YOU KNOW’ follows the huge success of Liam’s previous studio albums ‘As You Were’ (2017) and ‘Why Me? Why Not.’ (2019), which established his iconic status for a whole new generation. His ‘MTV Unplugged’ also went straight to #1 on the Official Album Chart. Between his triumphs as a solo artist and his phenomenal success with Oasis, Liam has spent a combined total of almost six months at #1 across eleven chart-topping albums.
Get ready for one helluva show as Liam Gallagher takes over North Byron Parklands on Sunday 24 July!
Kacey Musgraves’ new album, star-crossed, is a bold, empowering, and extremely personal series of songs that displays the six-time GRAMMY Award winner’s continued growth as one of the finest singer-songwriters of our time. It’s the follow-up to Golden Hour, which earned Musgraves her third No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and distinguished her as only the third artist ever to take home Album of the Year at the GRAMMY Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Academy of Country Music Awards. Golden Hour was named one of the best albums of 2018 by outlets including Apple Music, NPR, Time, The Associated Press, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard, GQ, Esquire, American Songwriter, Complex, Consequence of Sound, and Vulture, and was dubbed one of Rolling Stone‘s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
Musgraves first received massive critical recognition with the release of her gold-certified major label debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, in 2013. The album entered Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart at No. 1, making Musgraves the first solo female artist in five years to top the chart with a rookie release, and only the seventh to do so in the SoundScan era. Same Trailer Different Park earned Musgraves 2 GRAMMY Awards (Best Country Album and Best Country Song for “Merry Go ‘Round”), two CMA Awards (New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Follow Your Arrow”), and an ACM Award for Album of the Year. Musgraves’ second album, Pageant Material (2015), was her second No. 1 debut on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and soared to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.
So unassuming is Adam George Dyment aka Duke Dumont, that it’s easy to forget he played one of the most pivotal roles in making UK deep house the thundering global juggernaut it is today. Simultaneously dropping #1 hits across the last decade like ‘Need U (100%)’, ‘I Got U’ and ‘Ocean Drive’, whilst pumping out tracks that permeated underground club scenes. He’s continually shifting the lines and redefining the realms of UK dance and pop. His performances are pulsating, emotional journeys. But, at the end of the day, the show would be nothing if the source material wasn’t strong enough, and that’s where Dumont excels.
With an untouchable back catalogue of originals and latest album, Duality, under his belt, Duke Dumont’s Splendour set is sure to be an addictive mix of sonic exploration. Get ready!
Childhood friends from Mansfield, Queensland, Violent Soho have honed their talents over 15 years of making music together in a career that started with being signed to Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth’s record label, moving to the US and touring with heroes like The Bronx and Built to Spill.
With 2 x consecutive ARIA #1 albums (2016’s WACO and 2020’s Everything Is A-OK), 2 x ARIA Gold certified albums (2013’s Hungry Ghost and WACO), and a whopping 15 ARIA Award nominations to their name, Violent Soho have carved a name for themselves in Australian rock music history and hold a very special place in the hearts of many Australians.
DMA’S have gone from strength to strength since exploding onto the scene in 2014 with their debut single ‘Delete’. They have released three critically acclaimed albums – Hills End (2016), For Now (2018) and THE GLOW (2020) – all of which charted Top 10 in the ARIA Charts (the latter debuting at #2) and resulted in ARIA nominations for Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Rock Album and Best Independent Release, with THE GLOW most recently being awarded Independent Album of the Year, Best Independent Rock Album and Best Dance Single (The Avalanches remix of ‘Criminals’) in the 2020/21 AIR Awards.
Forging their reputation abroad, THE GLOW earned a #4 chart position in the UK and #1 in Scotland, making it their highest charting LP both at home and abroad. The band (who have also played festival slots at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds festivals) recently embarked on their long-awaited return to the UK and Ireland which will see them play to a combined audience of 65,000 people.
Australia’s favourite Yorkshire born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, YUNGBLUD, is making his way to Splendour in the Grass in 2022!
In the three years since his first visit down under, YUNGBLUD has established a massive Australian fan base and cemented his place as a festival favourite from Byron Bay to the Apple Isle.Back to tear up the stage at Splendour in the Grass again, YUNGBLUD comes armed with a bunch of fresh new tracks from his 2020 album Weird and all the larrikin good vibes his Australian black hearted fans love.
YUNGBLUD has felt the love from some seriously heavyweight collabs that dropped across 2019 and 2020 too. 11 Minutes with Halsey and Travis Barker was certified ARIA Platinum and I Think I’m Okay with Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker reached ARIA Gold along with hits with Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons) on original me and a screaming romp in Obey with Bring Me The Horizon.With his 2020 album Weird still going strong, 1.5 billion streams and 800,000+ albums sold globally there’s no doubt that YUNGBLUD’s star is continuing to rise all around the world. Hold on for a wild ride when YUNGBLUD takes over on Friday 22 July.
Hailed as the “hitmaker of tomorrow” by Variety, Jack Harlow is one of music’s greatest new stars. The Louisville, KY native boasts three GRAMMY Award nominations, two #1 singles, 12 RIAA platinum certifications, and over 5 billion career streams to date. Harlow released his critically acclaimed, RIAA platinum certified debut album, THATS WHAT THEY ALL SAY in December 2020, which featured the 7x Platinum worldwide hit, “WHATS POPPIN,” which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned the 24-year-old his first GRAMMY nomination for “Best Rap Performance,” along with a wide array of other award nominations.
The Generation Now/Atlantic Records star has graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Forbes, Variety, Complex, SPIN, Footwear News and XXL’s coveted Freshman Class Issue, and brought his captivating live show to TV with performances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, and the 2022 Kids Choice Awards, to name a few.
Harlow is now poised to reach even greater heights with his hugely anticipated second album, COME HOME THE KIDS MISS YOU, highlighted by the bombastic lead single “Nail Tech” and the infectious follow-up, “First Class,” which made a spectacular debut at atop the Billboard “Hot 100,” marking his first solo #1 single, while earning the biggest streaming week of 2022, thus far.
For the last decade, Dillon Francis has barely stopped moving. Since he first broke out with a series of vibrant dance tracks, he’s maintained a whirlwind tour schedule, playing festivals and shows across the world. In between making hilarious music videos, designing his own clothing line, and writing a surreal animated TV show, he has, of course, issued a nearly countless number of electrifying cuts. His restlessness has made for otherworldly, overwhelming music and compelling art no matter what medium he’s working in. There are always new worlds to explore.
Francis has made head-spinning dance music, brash rap tracks, and breezy reggaeton, though all his best moments blur together all these worlds and more. Part of the fun of listening to Francis’ music has become that you never know exactly what you’re going to get.
The diversity of his catalog has always been a strength—his genre bending hit “Get Low” with DJ Snake was RIAA-certified platinum, “Coming Over” with Kygo [feat. James Hersey] was RIAA-certified gold plus topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, “Sexo” with Residente was RIAA-certified Latin gold, and “Anywhere” [feat. Will Heard] went to #1 on Dance Radio Airplay. That’s to say nothing of tracks which have become underground hits at clubs and festivals around the world. And it all comes from following whatever sound or style caught his ear that day; his biggest singles and wildest experiments are linked by the unrestrained joy of always following his boldest impulses.
Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, comedian, writer and actor.
One of the world’s most popular Aussie live acts, he has been selling out award-winning gigs in the UK, US and Australia for over a decade. His most recent tour, Back, was seen by over a quarter of a million people.
Minchin is the composer-lyricist of the hit musical, Matilda, which won 85 international awards and recently celebrated 10 years on the West End. His second musical, Groundhog Day, won the Best Musical Olivier Award (West End) and was nominated for 7 Tonys (Broadway).
He co-wrote and starred in the TV series Upright, (2019 Sky UK / Foxtel), which won AACTA awards for Best Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy. Season 2 drops 2022.
Other acting credits include Atticus Fetch in Californication, a Logie Award-winning Smasher in the ABC’s Secret River, Pretty Boy in Netflix’s Back To The Outback and Friar Tuck in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood. Stage highlights include Judas in the UK / Australian Arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
His 2020 studio album Apart Together debuted at #3 in Australia and top 30 in the UK.
Live releases include Tim Minchin Vs the Heritage Orchestra Live at the Royal Albert Hall, So F**king Rock, and Ready For This? Catch his impressive live show when he plays at Splendour in the Grass 2022!
The Jungle Giants are fast becoming an unstoppable force. Known for delivering explosive high-energy live performances, the band include all-rounder Sam Hales, (vocalist/guitarist/songwriter/producer), lead guitarist Cesira Aitken, bassist Andrew Dooris and drummer Keelan Bijker.
With the release of their #1 ARIA-charting fourth album Love Signs, The Jungle Giants are channeling hope, love and a dance-pop sensibility into their most irresistible and genre-defying work yet.
Love Signs is the first album that Sam Hales has written, recorded, performed and produced alone. Channeling diverse influences like Timbaland and Ashanti in his ‘90s production style and vocal falsettos, Hales has created The Jungle Giants’ most popular work yet. First single “Heavy Hearted” is ARIA-certified Platinum, with “Sending Me Ur Loving” and “In Her Eyes” close behind.
Previous album Quiet Ferocity paved the way for this success, peaking at #11 on the ARIA charts and winning AIR Awards’ “Best Independent Album.”
Driven by optimism, creative freedom and a desire to “go weird, go funny, and not be scared,” The Jungle Giants are paving the way for their continued metamorphosis.
Mura Masa’s latest record, ‘R.Y.C’ (Raw Youth Collage) takes the listener into the future by way of memory lane. Breathing new life into – amongst other things – New Wave, Emo, Folk and 90s Rave – the results reinvent Mura Masa’s sound whilst also paying tribute to the alternative roots which shaped him when he first became a genuine musical outsider, growing up in the remote island of Guernsey.
Mura Masa began making music at the age of fifteen, lacking total affinity with the local metal and folk scenes, but gaining exposure to electronic music across the water. Mura Masa’s debut album contained snapshots of Alex’s upbringing, but it also soundtracked the very specific move to London and the melting-pot he abruptly became exposed to. What emerged was an album bursting with curiosity and creativity: one in which rap royalty like A$AP Rocky sat next to pop pioneers like Christine & The Queens or Charli XCX – not to mention lifelong heroes like Damon Albarn – with little in common besides Mura Masa’s singular way with modern pop. It went on to shift more than half a million units, and continue a journey which has seen Alex already win a Grammy (and be nominated for two more), be shortlisted for an Ivor, appear on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, and have the confidence on ‘R.Y.C’ to put himself and his generation under even closer analysis.
Led by ‘human firework’ Amy Taylor, the internationally acclaimed punk rock four-piece returns to the stage after a long and productive Covid winter. Following their 2019 ARIA Award win for Best Rock Album, Amyl and the Sniffers released the thrilling, monstrous Comfort to Me. Co-produced with Dan Luscombe (The Drones) and mixed by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, IDLES), the album signals a major gear shift for the Sniffers, where love and hate, spit and sweat, beer and politics collide in 45 propulsive and iconic minutes. Celebrate the Sniffers new world order when they bring their ball-tearing live show to Splendour In The Grass.
There couldn’t be a more favourable moment to be a Manchester based MC, the 0161 has been endlessly churning out rap talents in recent years but few quite like Aitch. Hailing from New Moston, an area in North Manchester, Aitch’s artistry derives from the sheer proximity to the UK’s epicentre and breeding ground for all forms of underground bass music– whether it’s rap, grime, dubstep or drum & bass.
No two Aitch songs are the same but the one trait that makes him distinguishable as a writer and MC is his nonchalant, skippy flow. There are moments where the odd line will leave you laughing and it’s that playfulness in his writing, showcased on early hits ‘Daily Duppy’ and ‘Straight Rhymez,’ that positions Aitch as one of Manchester’s most promising acts.
Aitch is undoubtedly one of the biggest success stories this year. He has gone on to make a solid mark on the scene nationally, his video for ‘Taste (Make It Shake)’ has accrued 23M views, and at one point he even featured on four songs in the UK Official Chart. With his talents recognised across the board and support from the likes of Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and more, Aitch has set the pace and placed himself at the forefront of a new wave of energy on the Manchester music scene. With an ever-expanding fanbase, infectious energy and unrivalled flow, Aitch is force to be reckoned with.
The Melbourne, Australia based drummer, singer, producer, and self-taught writer, G Flip, has been making waves overseas for the past 3 years. Their debut hit ‘About You’ took them from bedroom producer to national superstar. Fast forward and G has sold out all 5 of their Australian headline tours, been nominated for 3x ARIA awards, won an MTV EMA Award, four places in each of the triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2020 and 2019, the highest viewed Triple J Like A Version of 2020, two limited edition Crocs collaborations, and a number of gold, platinum and multi-platinum certified singles. G has played across the world at festivals like Neon Lights, Lollapalooza, Splendour In The Grass, Laneway Festival, & SXSW.
G Flip’s music has earned global attention from triple j, Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, Gorilla vs. Bear, Line of Best Fit. Their debut album ‘About Us’ (August 2019) debuted at #1 on the ARIA vinyl charts & #6 digitally, was a triple j feature album of the week and earned praise from Rolling Stone, NME and more – earning over 180 million streams globally.
In 2021, G Flip went global with a few international collaborations tucked under their sleeve. The first of which kicked off in January 2021, features US indie pop darling mxmtoon, the two joined together on anthem ‘Queen’. The song which is inspired by drag culture is produced by Rostam Batmanglij (HAIM, Clairo) and was chosen as the anthem at Sydney Gas & Lesbian Mardi Gras with TikTok. Subsequent singles have seen G collaborate with Thomas Headon, renforshort and Upsahl. G Flip is the real deal – unfiltered, charismatic and with endless energy to burn.
Ruel’s resumé reads like that of a seasoned global superstar. The Sydney-bred, London-born vocalist is quickly becoming one of this generation’s most influential artists. Since winning the ARIA for Breakthrough Artist in 2018 (the youngest artist to do so), Ruel now has a billion global streams, millions of followers and three sold-out world tours under his belt. Coming off the back of 3 stand out EP’s, Ruel’s sights are now set on delivering his debut album in what will no doubt be a massive 2022 for this young trailblazer.
An internet based vocalist, producer, writer, director and performance artist, Oliver Tree explores the intersection where pop and alternative meet sonically and has arrived where art and entertainment collide visually. From comedy to action sports, mock reality TV drama to WWF wrestling in his live shows, the world of Oliver Tree is unlike any artist who has come before him.
A Santa Cruz, California native, Tree has emerged as a polymath from many different projects and iterations over the last 10 years. As unpredictable as one artist can be, no one can seem to put their finger on what Oliver Tree will do next. Unafraid to make you laugh, cry, think profoundly or feel completely uncomfortable for the length of a 4 minute music video, he is on the road to developing his own blueprint for packaging and marketing pop culture in the internet era. Versatile in every sense of the word, Tree not only explores every type of entertainment but also every type of genre in his music alike. The box he puts himself in is limitless. It has no boundaries. Oliver Tree has built a multimedia project designed to challenge people’s perspective of what art is, and he’s not the slightest bit concerned what anyone has to say about it!
Less than a decade ago, Josh Lloyd and Tom McFarland were two friends with what felt like the impossible dream of one day seeing their name above the door of their local venue, Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Fast forward to now and Jungle have performed on five different continents, headlining shows across the world, while also winning new fans at festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.
Jungle’s international following embraced their albums too. Their Mercury Prize-nominated, Gold-certified debut and 2018’s follow-up ‘For Ever’ both entered the UK Top 10. Those two records have since amassed 750,000 equivalent album sales and close to a billion streams.
The Bristish duo have spent the last year locked in a studio and have emerged, delivering a huge soulful disco record for the post-social distancing age, with a life-affirming, dancefloor-igniting, sun-kissed celebration of all the things that make music irresistibly joyful. With huge sing-a-long hooks, enormous synths, and the pulse-raising rush of pushing the BPM through the ceiling, ‘Loving In Stereo’ gives the listener one long hit of pure euphoria and we can’t wait to enjoy it live when Jungle take the stage at Splendour!
Tom Misch has always chosen the road less travelled. From picking up a violin at age three and training in the Suzuki method, to steadfastly releasing music on his own label Beyond the Groove, to breaking out as a full-fledged star with his critically and commercially hailed album “Geography” – which went Silver in the UK and scored him a cross-generational fanbase that includes Barack Obama – Misch is a shining example of how ploughing your own furrow, staying course and sticking to your guns can pay off in rich dividends.
Fiercely DIY and defiantly uncategorisable, his loose, mellifluous music reflects an upbringing soundtracked by everything from J Dilla to Otis Redding, Minnie Ripperton to John Mayer. He’s a curator, too, with his Real Good Shit playlists ushering in over 120k followers into his eclectic world.
He followed up “Geography” with the sharp leftfield detour that’s “What Kinda Music”, a mostly improvised, beautifully collaborative project with jazz drummer Yussef Dayes, and he’s done it all with his integrity intact and curiosity undimmed.
Misch is a bona fide sensation: 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify. 1 billion streams across his catalogue. Sold out UK/EU and US tours, with 150,000 headline tickets sold globally. “What Kinda Music” also rode a wave of positive critical notices to number 4 in the UK charts on release. Catch Misch’s boundary defying sounds when he performs at Splendour on Saturday 23 July.
Seven albums, 13 ARIA nominations, over half a million records sold and a back catalogue etched into Aussie music history. They’re one of our most durable and, undoubtedly, best-loved rock bands – Grinspoon.
When it comes to the music biz longevity is an elusive beast. Put simply, Grinspoon are the premier rock band in the country. After playing 400+ live shows, seeing six consecutive albums debut in the Top 10, with multi-platinum sales across 25 years, it’s fair to say they’ve earned their place in Australian music history.
With their debut album in September 1997, Guide to Better Living. The double platinum disc hit #11 on the national ARIA Albums charts. Then their 2002’s New Detention, opening with “Chemical Heart” went #2 on triple j’s Hottest 100 in 2003. With tracks like “Lost Control”, “No Reason” and “1000 Miles”, the album earned four more ARIA nominations, yet another double platinum hit. In September 2004 brought fourth effort Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills. The record set another benchmark, winning Best Rock Album at the 2005 ARIAs and selling over 100,00 copies off the back of killer tracks like “Better Off Alone” and “Hard Act To Follow”. Grinspoon delivered yet another gold-selling LP in July 2007’s Alibis & Other Lies.
You are in for a treat when Grinspoon play at Splendour in July 2022!
Orville Peck is a country recording artist and songwriter known for his deep baritone voice, strong musicianship and songs that are boldly sincere in their storytelling. Never confirming his identity, Orville, who is openly gay, grew up living an itinerant life and is never seen without his signature, fringed mask. Following the release of his self-produced debut album Pony in 2019, Orville signed with Columbia Records and released his Show Pony EP. Released to immediate critical acclaim in 2020, the EP features a duet with global icon Shania Twain and puts Orville’s triumphant songwriting skills and intentional craftmanship on full display. Orville, known for his unique personal style, has collaborated with many fashion brands including but not limited to Dior, Michael KORS and Pamela Love amongst others. In addition to touring and performing, Orville lends his time and platforms to activism and the causes he is committed to.
Don’t miss Orville’s talent when he performs at Splendour on Friday 22 July.
Parquet Courts’ thought-provoking rock is dancing to a new tune. Their new album, Sympathy For Life, finds the Brooklyn band at both their most instinctive and electronic, spinning their bewitching, psychedelic storytelling into fresh territory, yet maintaining their unique identity.
Built largely from improvised jams, inspired by New York clubs, Primal Scream and Pink Floyd and produced in league with Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Hot Chip, David Byrne), Sympathy For Life was always destined to be dancey. Unlike its globally adored predecessor, 2018’s Wide Awake! – a Top 30 hit here and an album of the year everywhere from Spin and The Skinny to NME and Australia’s Double J – the focus fell on grooves rather than rhythm.
It’s time to get dancing when Parquet Courts play tracks from the record live at Splendour 2022.
GRAMMY-nominated lyricist and fast-rising superstar Tierra Whack is solidifying her position as a force to be reckoned with after her riveting release Whack World. Loaded with flavorful wordplay and boundless creativity, Whack netted her first GRAMMY nomination for her standout video, “Mumbo Jumbo.” Armed with a love for 90s hip-hop and a passion for poetry, the North Philly emcee eventually delved into rapping, holding her own amongst fellow Philadelphia rhymers and capturing the attention of local luminaries like Meek Mill and DJ Cosmic Kev. Her clever off-the-dome wordplay and a barrage of freestyles (including the 90-second clap-back, “Colorblind”) cemented her early fanbase, and in 2017, Tierra inked a deal with Interscope Records.
Her 15-track debut project Whack World continues to garner her critical acclaim. After being lauded for her lyrical bravery and masterful vision in 2018, the following year, Whack stormed back with five new tracks in five consecutive weeks as part of her acclaimed “Whack History Month.” In June 2019, her stellar wordplay abilities earned her a coveted slot as an XXL Freshman. She also was featured on Apple’s Up Next Program and the following year covered Teen Vogue’s March 2020 issue. Subsequently, Whack partnered with Apple for a lighthearted commercial, which featured new songs “feel good” and “Peppers & Onions.” In 2021, she teamed up with LEGO® for her video “Link.” There, Whack sat down alongside Philadelphia children from ages 6-9 to build a myriad of objects out of LEGO® bricks to inspire her innovative video.
Cub Sport has undergone a transformation from local indie band to global pop powerhouse. With sell out shows across 4 continents, and a community and message that is impacting lives worldwide, the prolific independent Brisbane group are forging their own path to global acclaim.
With over 200 million streams to their name, the energy around Cub Sport is fearless and captures the uniquely vulnerable writing and vocal delivery that has seen the group win praise everywhere from Billboard, i-D, Rolling Stone, NME, The Guardian, Nylon, PAPER, Gay Times, Attitude, The Fader, triple j, BBC Radio 1 and Line of Best Fit to DUMMY, Monocle, Music Week, and many more.
LIKE NIRVANA, the band’s most recently released fourth record, (NME 5/5 stars) debuted at #2 on the ARIA Album Chart, #1 on the Australian Album Chart and #1 on the Vinyl Chart, as well as earning nominations for Queensland Music Awards Album Of The Year and Australian Independent Record Labels Association Awards Pop Album Of The Year.
Los Angeles-based rapper and producer JPEGMAFIA released his fourth full-length album, LP! in October 2021.
The highly anticipated album was first teased with the frenetic “TRUST!”, which Billboard named among the “R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week” and christened as “a standout single.” After a sample clearance snafu, Peggy took matters into his own hands and released to his closest fans the soulful and personal “HAZARD DUTY PAY!”, which was among The Needle Drop’s “Best Tracks This Week” feature – “too good not to see the light of day,” said Anthony Fantano.
LP!, which was written, produced, mixed, and mastered entirely by Peggy, cements his standing as one of the most forward-thinking artists in hip-hop right now. His expanded range as a producer and sound designer is particularly noteworthy on his latest release, moving from the woozy, anxious keys on “DIRTY!” to the manic percussion of “PSALM!” to the 8-bit video game crunch of “NEMO”. Another highlight is the six-minute epic “SICK, NERVOUS & BROKE!”, which shakes between bass and skittering cymbals as Peggy somehow manages to namecheck everyone from Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez to 90s singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan.
Hailing from the suburbs of Sydney’s South Coast, Ruby Fields is an Australian singer-songwriter who creates narratives that people feel a close connection to. Her use of simplistic but poignant lyrics in her work has garnered the attention of the international music industry and fans alike. Combining indie rock chords with punk rock delicacy and delivery, it is easy to see why people started paying attention back in 2017.
Ruby Fields has since sold out multiple national tours, toured the UK, performed a coveted Like A Version for triple j, and has been courted by labels in the US. More recently, her debut album “Been Doin’ It For A Bit” debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album charts to beat out the likes of Drake and Lil Nas X.
Lyrics have always been a major driver of Ruby’s music. Fans the world over have obsessed over her lyrics due to how relatable and stirring her songs are. The album see’s Ruby take her passion for musical and self-exploration even further. This burgeoning singer-songwriter faces the deeper and darker facets of herself as she becomes more self-aware with this debut long player.
The album was written largely from her farmhouse on a cliff edge within a Sydney national park after a soul-searching expedition to Nepal. True to Ruby Fields’ style, it’s full of relatable anecdotes, festival mosh-worthy moments, escapism and humour, but also features previously unrevealed moments that divulge an entirely new side of Ruby Fields.
SOFI TUKKER is the genre-defying duo of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern celebrated for their inclusive and global perspective on electronic music and their work’s themes of liberation, unity, and self-empowerment. Their debut single “Drinkee,” with its instantly memorable guitar hook, jubilant rhythm, and Portuguese lyrics adapted from the contemporary Brazilian poet Chacal, was nominated for a Best Dance Recording Grammy® in 2017, which was followed by a Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy® nomination for their debut album Treehouse in 2019.
In the Spring of 2020 the group started live streaming daily DJ sets from their home outside Miami to millions of people worldwide and released their quarantine anthem “House Arrest” with Gorgon City, which reached #1 on US Dance Radio. SOFI TUKKER’s records have achieved Gold or Platinum status on every continent other than Antarctica, and their electric and energetic live show has sold out venues and graced major festival stages across the planet. SOFI TUKKER are also passionate activists who have raised funds and awareness for Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Natural Resources Defense Council and the March for Our Lives. Their commitment to equality and fostering community while recombining the pillars of dance music into exciting new shapes has established them as a singular act.
Methyl Ethel—the nom de plume of West Australian songwriter, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jake Webb.
Across three albums (2015’s Oh Inhuman Spectacle, 2017’s Everything Is Forgotten and 2019’s Triage) and three EPs (2014’s Teeth and Guts, 2020’s Hurts To Laugh), Webb has proven to be a prolific and masterful purveyor of eccentric alt-pop. Methyl Ethel has attracted two Australian Music Prize nominations, a top 5 Hottest 100 placement with the ARIA Platinum single Ubu, an ARIA Gold single in Twilight Driving and an AIR Best Independent Album award for Everything Is Forgotten.
Methyl Ethel has toured extensively, appearing at internationally renowned festivals including SXSW, Outside Lands, Strangewaves, Levitation, Green Man, Austin City Limits, Field Day and more. In Australia, they have graced the line ups of Splendour in the Grass, Sugar Mountain, Groovin The Moo, Falls Festival, Yours & Owls, Spilt Milk, A Festival Called PANAMA and Laneway Festival, as well as selling out headline shows at some of Australia’s largest and most prestigious venues. We’re thrilled to welcome them back to Splendour in 2022!
Eight years after Julia Stone’s last solo record, Sixty Summers arrived in 2021 as a powerful rebirth for one of Australia’s most prolific artists. Emerging from the wildernesses of folk and indie-rock, with Sixty Summers, Stone dove headfirst into the cosmopolitan, hedonistic world of late-night, moonlit pop. She brought the grit and glitter of the city, with all its attendant joys, dangers, romances and risks. Reimagined, reborn and reinvigorated, this new era for Julia Stone replaces dirt under foot with wet pavements and sticky dance floors; trades blue skies for red lights and red lips. This is Stone at her truest, brightest self, a revered icon finally sharing her long, secret love affair with this vibrant and complex genre. Step into Julia Stone’s brand new world.
Baker Boy was first introduced to adoring fans in 2017, with the one-two punch of debut singles ‘Cloud 9’ featuring Kian, and ‘Marryuna, featuring Yirrmal. The entirety of Baker Boy’s art, from his infectious flow to his music’s modern-throwback production to the jaw-dropping dance moves he perfected as part of the Djuki Mala dance troupe, connected instantly. With each successive release Baker Boy continued to establish himself as a deft, talented rapper, with charisma and verve inherited from the genre’s greats. His list of career accolades includes APRA AMCOS Song of The Year Nomination, six ARIA nominations; an ARIA Gold certification for ‘Cool As Hell’ & ‘Mr La Di Da Di’; seven wins at the National Indigenous Music Awards; an Order of Australia medal, the 2019 Young Australian of the Year award and a memorable performance at the 2021 AFL Grand Final.
With over 48 million streams of his music globally, Baker Boy’s debut album, ‘Gela’, released on 15 October 2021, debuted #1 on the ARIA Hip Hop/R&B, #1 on the Australian and #3 on the ARIA Album Chart. The new album has garnered hit singles, ‘My Mind feat. G Flip’, ‘Move’, ‘Meditjin feat. JessB’ and ‘Ride’ featuring Yirrmal, which took out the 2021 National Indigenous Music Award for Best Film Clip of The Year.
Stella Donnelly has toured relentlessly in support of her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Beware of the Dogs’. Released in March 2019, the album received international praise from outlets such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard, The New York Times & Stereogum .
The record’s release & preceding singles such as ‘Old Man’ & ‘Tricks’ propelled Donnelly to new heights including studio sessions for NPR’s Tiny Desk & KEXP along with an envious international touring schedule which saw her sell out shows across North America & Europe as well as play prestigious festivals including Glastonbury, Roskilde & a stand out performance at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival.
Donnelly has recently finished recording her new album with award-winning producer Anna Laverty (Camp Cope, Courtney Barnett) – the record is her second release with Secretly Canadian. She will release her first single in April 2022, just prior to heading off on a UK /Europe tour with Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, then it’s time for her to bring her stand out performance to Splendour in the Grass in July!
Genesis Owusu’s debut body of work, Smiling With No Teeth arrived in 2021 as an artistic triumph that has resonated with audiences globally, surpassing genre and disrupting boundaries. Six months on from its release, the album has proven a runaway success and garnered universal acclaim from critics, including covers with Acclaim and NME Australia, feature album on triple j, FBi, Triple R and Radio Adelaide and praise from The Needle Drop, Line of Best Fit, The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Rolling Stone, T Magazine, The Monthly, The Australian and ICON.
In 2021, Genesis Owusu received four ARIA Awards for Smiling With No Teeth, including the coveted Album of the Year award, as well as triple j’s J Award for Album of the Year, Music Video of the Year J Award alongside his close collaborator, Riley Blakeway for “The Other Black Dog”.
Since his introduction with the Cardrive EP in 2017, Genesis Owusu has demonstrated his versatility and talent as both a rapper and vocalist on singles like ‘awomen, amen’, ‘Wit Da Team’ and ‘WUTD’. He has amassed millions of digital streams and proven himself an incredible performer at festivals like Splendour in the Grass, Meredith Music Festival, Groovin the Moo and St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. All the while, his talent, vision and creativity have been unmatched.
Surfaces is a Texas-based duo comprised of Forrest Frank and Colin Padalecki. The band formed in 2017, with Forrest manning vocals and production, and Colin handling writing and arrangements, they released their debut album later that year titled Surf. Within a year of partnering, Surfaces’ music began to take off, connecting with fans around the world who found something special in the band’s blend of buoyant production and “no shirt, no shoes, no problem” energy. The enthusiastic response led to two more self-made albums, Where the Light Is (2019) and Horizons (2020), and launched them into global stardom.
The band soared to new heights in 2020 with their global smash hit “Sunday Best” – the double-platinum-certified single peaked at #9 at Top 40 Pop radio, #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, and surpassed 2 billion global streams. The song led to performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and The TODAY Show. 2020 also saw the duo collaborate with one of their idols, Sir Elton John on the anthemic single “Learn to Fly.”
Following their breakout year, the group headed to Malibu to work on new music, where they were inspired the ethereal feeling the Pacific coast gave them, resulting in their captivating new single “Wave of You.” The song gives fans the first taste of what’s to come from the rising hit-makers.
Hooligan Hefs may project a hardcore image, but he’s really about the party. While growing a strong following he has managed to maintain a high level of mystique, becoming recognisable for his motto, “Tell ‘em I’m doing eetswa.”
His hi-NRG singles, ‘The Party’, ‘No Effect’ and ‘IYKYK (They Know Who)’ have racked up more than 8.2M streams on Spotify alone after being released independently across the past few months. Not only that, but his video for ‘Off Guard (Freestyle)’ #1 on YouTube shortly after its release and now holds more than 1M views – pretty impressive for an independent/unsigned 21-year-old. In an interview with Filterzine he shared, “I’m trying to do rap and techno, EDM, dubstep – all of that. Hopefully, this is the new Australian sound.”
Catch the rebel spirit and iconic anthems of pub punk outfit The Chats when they play Splendour 2022! When 2017 single ‘Smoko’ became a bona fide viral hit on YouTube, the band were propelled from their Queensland shed to almost overnight renown in all the right circles. Dave Grohl loved it so much he sent it to Josh Homme, who immediately booked the band to support Queens Of The Stone Age in Australia, followed by Iggy Pop who did the same when he played Melbourne. The Chats released their debut album, High Risk Behaviour, in March 2020, debuting at No.5 on the ARIA Albums chart.
In this world, nothing is certain except taxes, death and Confidence Man. A portable party that’s levelled dance floors and flattened festival crowds as it’s rolled out across the world, their performances are custom designed to make you dance and lose your cool.
Since their conception, the Australian four-piece (led by Janet Planet and Sugar Bones) have played at some of the biggest festivals in the world including Rock en Seine (Paris), Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Governors Ball (New York), Glastonbury (UK), Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival (Australia).
Confidence Man’s debut, Confident Music For Confident People, was one of the joys of 2018, laced with savage lyrics and rapturous melodies; a north star of euphoria in an increasingly joyless world. It won the AIR Award for Best Independent Electronica/Dance Album, was triple j Feature Album and garnered international praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork Mag, Elicit Mag and NME.
Since then, they’ve teased us with the occasional dance-floor snack, but with their sophomore album TILT (to be released via IOHYOU / Heavenly Recordings / PIAS / Amplifire Music on April 1, 2022) they are finally serving us the main meal.
There’s no question that Confidence Man will make you turn it up. Go ahead, feel yourself. It’s ok. Confidence Man have given you that. It’s in the name, after all.
It’s been a breakthrough twelve months for Biig Piig. The Irish (via West London, and Malaga) artist has come of age as a songwriter and young woman: an instantly-identifiable, bilingual voice, blending a suitably global mix of influences (hip-hop, R&B, dance music, stripped-back soul) into confessional, genre-fluid modern pop. Biig Piig’s ability to find moments of calm and clarity in the most chaotic of circumstances remains a constant. At just 23 years old, she no doubt has more life experiences to draw all this from than most new artists. The oldest of four, Jess was born in Ireland but spent her formative years in Spain, before moving to Shepherd’s Bush, London and later working as a poker dealer. Despite speaking English at home, Biig Piig initially only knew how to read and write in Spanish; a rocky transition through which eventually she found her people.
This ability to adjust is a driving force for Biig Piig. While she’s cemented her aesthetic with her sleepy, jazz-tinged bops, Smyth is inherently a creature of adaptation, shapeshifting to fit the environment around her – or, just to suit the environment in her head. We’re excited to welcome her to Splendour in the Grass!
Storytelling is indeed an important part of Holly Humberstone’s craft. She wants all her lyrics to be ones people could tattoo on themselves and she writes lines that are specific to her life, from her sister’s struggles with mental health to growing apart from her friends.
The creativity in Holly’s work is integral to her artistry. Her music videos and the short film ‘On The Run’ all link together, with easter eggs hidden throughout, creating a world around her. When she was invited to perform on The Late Late Show with James Corden earlier this year, she used the fact it had to be filmed remotely to her advantage and picked up the storyline once again, finding herself being thrown into the back of a police van for fictional crimes committed earlier in the tale.
Catch Holly’s inimitable brand of songwriting and visionary creativity when she performs at Splendour 2022 and see why her star is sure to continue to rise.
Following his rapid, tumultuous rise to becoming the biggest rapper in Australia and achieving a Gold album with his debut release ‘Women, Weed & Wordplay’, Chillinit now reveals his most personal and introspective record yet, ‘FAMILY TIES’. Giving even more insight into the people who have been crucial to ChillinIt’s astronomical success; and in the darkest of times, his survival.
With two Double Platinum and eight Gold singles under his belt, ChillinIt is one of Australia’s most decorated artists. In the three years since his debut album, ChillinIt has morphed from an underground sensation to a household name, accumulating 216 million Spotify streams to date. In support of his sophomore chart-topping album The Octagon, ChillinIt sold almost 20,000 tickets to his live shows, marking the biggest Australian headline tour from any artist in 2021. Over in the UK, he is also the first and only Australian to appear on Charlie Sloth’s famed Fire In The Booth series, also going viral on international tastemaker channels JDZmedia and SBTV.
An unforgettably original lyricist, the music of Australian singer/songwriter Alex the Astronaut cycles through a series of radiantly detailed slices of life. Alex documents moments of both the seemingly mundane from a haircut, a therapy session, a trip to the beach and to the supermarket to then utterly life-changing experiences as a caregiver along with the PTSD that followed and her recent diagnosis with autism. The 26-year-old artist imbues her songs with equal parts self-awareness and sensitivity, imagination and idiosyncratic humor and in its intimate exploration of post-traumatic growth, the result is a body of work affirming Alex as a truly essential songwriter, capable of transforming the way we view ourselves and the world around us.
Born in Sydney, she first started writing songs at 12, then moved to New York in 2017 to study math and physics at Long Island University. That same year, she delivered her debut EP To Whom It May Concern and its follow-up See You Soon, whose opening track “Not Worth Hiding” became an unofficial anthem of the Australian Gay Marriage referendum and earned support from Elton John on his Beats 1 radio show. In addition to releasing The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing to widespread acclaim (NPR Music, NME, The Sydney Morning Herald, OUT Magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian), Alex has since taken the stage at major festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Primavera Sound and The Great Escape and toured Australia on a sold-out headline run. We can’t wait to welcome her back to North Byron Parklands in July!
Houston rapper and entrepreneur Maxo Kream released his second major label album Weight of the World on October 18 2021. While the album dropped on the annual anniversary of the passing of one of his childhood friends, it also commemorates the passing of his younger brother, Mmadu Biosah. Directly prior to the album Maxo released “Greener Knots” telling the tale of what young men face coming up in troubled neighborhoods, “Big Persona,” ft Tyler, the Creator that was as massive as its braggadocious nature, and “Local Joker” that unequivocally set the tone for Maxo’s return from his 2 year hiatus.
Revered Australian guitar-pop five-piece Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are lead by singer-songwriter-guitarists Tom Russo, Joe White and Fran Keaney, and rounded out by bassist Joe Russo and drummer Marcel Tussie. Following in the footsteps of their breakthrough debut album Hope Downs in 2018, the band’s most recent LP, the #4 ARIA-charting album Sideways To New Italy garnered praise by critics across the world, locally receiving a 4.5 star review from Sydney Morning Herald and 4 star reviews from The Guardian, Rolling Stone Australia, Q Magazine and NME Australia who declared that ‘…lyrically, Rolling Blackouts C.F have gone high-concept.’ Internationally, the album was crowned Rough Trade’s Album of the Month, a 5 star review from Upset, 9/10 in Uncut and 4 star reviews across The Guardian, NME, Q, Dork & more. Across the band’s career, they have sold out tours across the world, been nominated for the AMP (Australian Music Prize), AIR Awards, Music Victoria Awards, Double J Artist of the Year & more.
Triple One are impossible to categorise, and even harder to ignore. Brash bars come courtesy of rappers Marty Bugatti and Obi Ill Terrors, melodic hooks by Lil Dijon float in paranormal fashion while greyscale production is expertly crafted by Billy Gunns. Triple One are a sonic experiment between hard, soft, and all the textures in between.
Their early cult singles ‘Doozy’ and ‘Overflow’ scored millions of views and streams internationally, but 2019 was the year that Triple One broke into Australia’s consciousness: Their 2019 single ‘Butter’ went Gold and dominated radio airwaves and led to the group’s debut UK/European tour and sold out shows across Australia..
In 2020, Triple One released their debut album ‘Panic Force’ which debuted at #1 on the ARIA hip-hop charts and crowned the triple j ‘Feature Album of the Week’. On stage is where Triple One truly state their case. Having earned a notorious live reputation through relentless gigging across Australia, 2021 saw the band sell out their Panic Force Tour nationally in the midst of difficult pandemic circumstances. The release of BLOOD RAVE and COME OVER heralds the exciting next chapter for one of the most bold and brazen acts out of Australia.
Under the moniker Still Woozy, Portland-based singer-songwriter/producer Sven Gamsky makes psychedelic alternative music with a homespun mix of acoustic and electronic instruments. On his debut album If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is, Gamsky ultimately redefines the limits of modern pop, introducing elements of soul, folk, and psychedelia into a wildly infectious sound that immediately leaves a lasting impact. He shares an ingeniously detailed body of work, including beloved singles “Window”, “That’s Life,” and “Woof,” and graces each song with the uplifting energy he brings to the stage at major festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza. In 2022, Still Woozy hits the road on his If This Isn’t Nice tour across North America and Europe before making his way to North Byron Parklands for Splendour in the Grass!
Bad Dreems have come back with their first piece of new music since the release of Doomsday Ballet back in October 2019, “Desert Television” was recorded during the band’s recent trip to the UK and Europe, which was sadly cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A powerful track that blends element of dark post-punk with furious alt-rock, an atmospheric synth line rears its head throughout as frontman Ben Marwe asks the listener through his South Australian accent, “Desert television/Have you lost the vision?”
Hear it live when Bad//Dreems play on Sunday 24 July at Splendour in the Grass!
Introduced to fans as a member of electronic band Club Cheval, Myd learned his craft through tireless work and experimentation. It was a passionate environment upon which to build a foundation, yet there are always concessions and compromises involved with pleasing a group. After co-producing Brodinski’s album Brava and making beats for a host of rappers, Myd now stands on his own, unabashedly showcasing his eccentric flair, even singing on his own tracks for the first time. In that sense, debut album Born A Loser very much marks a coming of age. At times, his music is fun and flirty, other times thoughtful, dreamy and warm with intergalactic fuzz. It’s intimate, dripping with synth-heavy shine, and in its weathered corners and rich textures, lies the autobiography of Myd – at least in this moment.
Northeast Party House are undoubtedly a party band, but don’t let that fool you. The Melbourne six-piece might be known for their unapologetically hedonistic lyrics and raucous live shows, but behind their songs of excess and frivolity is a band of surprising substance.
Almost entirely self-produced, the band, who met as students at a Melbourne high school, specialise in detailed melodies, sugary hooks, exhilarating beats and rhythmic guitars. They occupy a unique position in the Australian music scene as one of the few acts who are equally accomplished on stage and in the studio. This comes to the fore at their thrilling live gigs, where skilful guitars and drums retain the feeling of a band, while dynamic electronic elements heighten the party vibe.
High-energy party starters Northeast Party House have moved on from warehouse parties in Melbourne’s inner city to national festival closers. Northeast have built a loyal fan base around three self-produced, guitar-driven, dance-heavy LPs ‘Any Given Weekend’, ‘Dare’ & ‘Shelf Life’, which have seen the band tour constantly in their home country as well as internationally, playing sold out headline shows and showcase events at The Great Escape (UK), CMJ (NY) and Culture Collide (LA).
A proud South Lononer of Bangladeshi and Irish heritage, Joy Crookes is a multi-hyphenate artist shaped by a rich tapestry of influences. She’s a singer-songwriter, an instrumentalist, a Brit nominated rising star. Defying genres, Joy’s timeless vocals are reminiscent of a bygone era and communicate her stories and reflections with a presence and lyricism that could only exist today – she wouldn’t do any of the above so well if she wasn’t so attuned to those around her.
Her first studio album, Skin, is a statement of selfhood, the DNA of what makes her Joy Crookes as well as an examination of the relationships that have shaped her. Relish in the UK artist’s storytelling as she takes the stage at Splendour in the Grass in July.
In a moment of drunken clarity, at the summit of a Ferris wheel, Rhian Teasdale and Hester chambers decided to start a band. Armed with their guitars, a penchant for french disco and a hive of imagination that draws on everything from Pierre Bachelet, the Ronettes, and Jane Birkin through to Best Coast, The Strokes and the B52s they set about making some recordings of their own. This has spawned an ever growing catalogue of inimitable, chaotic alt/pop majesty. From Ferris wheel to record deal, things have moved fast for the Isle of Wight natives. Signing to Domino Records, Wet Leg released their debut single ‘Chaise Longue’ in June 2021.
Since then the song has clocked up over 3,000,000 streams, over 1,000,000 video views and won Wet Leg fans in the likes of Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Iggy Pop, Florence Welch and film critic Mark Kermode.
Wet Leg followed with single ‘Wet Dream’. A 2 and half minute slice of exuberance as unforgettable and buoyant as ‘Chaise Longue’ that cements them as one of the most thrilling bands to emerge this year.
Enter the kaleidoscopic world of Wet Leg when they play at Splendour in the Grass. Everyone’s invited to the party!
Mo’ju has been called “one of Australia’s most exciting singer/ songwriters” and their music has amassed critical, commercial and cultural influence. 2018’s release “Native Tongue” was one of the year’s most important and award-winning releases, impacting not only Mo’ju’s life and music but also the Australian musical landscape. With the album being career definer for the sing/songwriter, Mo’ju had documented a deep and intimate exploration of family and identity, in particular her Wiradjuri and Filipino roots.
2019 saw the release of a mini-album Ghost Town, reaching into an electronica inspired sound and 2021 sees a new E.P. ‘O.K.’, a vulnerable and introspective reflection on mental health and loneliness, which, through Mo’ju’s provocative songwriting , offers up music as an antidote for sadness.
Not only is Mo’ju known for being a prolific recording artist but also for their hard work on the touring circuit. A career of which was at an all-time high for the artist right before the pandemic, having completed almost 200 shows on 3 continents in 18 months.
Highlights included national tour supports for both The Hilltop Hoods and Paul Kelly, Festival dates including WOMAD and SXSW and 2 Headline tours including dates at Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre. In February of 2021 Mo’ju returned to the stage with a full band for a one off show accompanied by the Victorian Orchestra at Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Toronto punk band PUP are back with their highly-anticipated 3rd LP, “Morbid Stuff”, out now. PUP have spent the past 5 years touring the world on the back of their first two records, which earned them love and accolades from The New York Times, Pitchfork, SPIN, and helped to cement them as one the most energetic and exciting up and coming bands in the punk community. “Morbid Stuff”, produced by Dave Schiffman (Vampire Weekend, Weezer, The Mars Volta), is the band’s best and most complete effort yet – a noisy, biting, and recklessly fun ode to nihilism and depression.
A strong, proud Anangu/Torres Strait Islander woman, Miiesha released her debut collection of songs entitled Nyaaringu in 2020. Meaning ‘what happened’ in Pitjantjatjara language, Nyaaringu explores the stories and the strength Miiesha inherited from her late Grandmother, whose interludes narrate the project. Since its release, Nyaaringu has not only garnered critical acclaim, but received the 2020 ARIA for Best Soul/RnB Release, a QLD Music Award, a NIMA, and went on to top multiple Album of the Year lists.
Recently she released Smoke, the first EP in a two-part EP release. The five-track EP contains current NIMA Song of the Year winner ‘Damaged’.
Inspired by the sounds of RnB, Gospel and Soul, and the power of spoken word poetry, Miiesha is using her music to bring people together to help educate and inspire.
With a voice that showcases vulnerability and strength, often in the one breath, Miiesha sings of her people, her community and her story with the raw emotion of lived experience.
Miiesha’s story is not just worth hearing, it’s needed.
When Mildlife’s debut album, Phase, was released in 2018 it didn’t so much explode on to the scene as ooze. Their mellifluous mix of jazz, krautrock and, perhaps more pertinently, demon grooves, was the word of mouth sensation of that year among open-minded DJs and diggers searching for the perfect beat.
By the end of 2018 they’d been nominees for Best Album at the Worldwide FM Awards (Worldwide’s Gilles Peterson was a notable champion) and won Best Electronic Act at The Age Music Victoria Awards back home in Melbourne. Their progress post-Phase was cemented with a UK deal with Jeff Barrett’s Heavenly, who released How Long Does It Take? replete with Cosmic doyen Baldelli and Dionigi remixes, while last year they were officially anointed by DJ Harvey when he included The Magnificent Moon on his Pikes compilation Mercury Rising Vol II.
With their latest album, Automatic, the band have made a step-change from their debut. It’s more disciplined, directional and arguably more danceable. As on Phase, they are unafraid to let a track luxuriate in length without ever succumbing to self-indulgence. The arrangements, tightly structured thanks to Tom Shanahan (bass) and Jim Rindfleish’s fatback drumming, permit space for the others to add spice to the stew, topped off with Kevin McDowell’s ethereal vocals as Mildlife effortlessly glide between live performance and studio songwriting.
This is music you can dance to rather than ‘dance music’ and it’s all the better for it.
Jarreau Vandal is somewhat of a household name for those that have been binging on Soulection for the past few years. Be it Masego, IAMNOBODI or Monte Booker, the international network, friendships and collaborations Vandal has amassed through the collective have proven to be invaluable.
However, his musical adventures pre-dating Soulection years are not as well known. Born in Maastricht, Vandal has been producing since the age of 16. Practice makes perfect, and, a decade later, Vandal is enjoying a cult following in Europe, North America and Asia. The Amsterdam resident has soundtracked commercials for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Vodafone and boasts sustained support from the likes of Beats 1, BBC 1Xtra, Rinse, and Boiler Room
Straight Outta Sligo, Ireland, Brame & Hamo have expertly produced some of the most effortless house music of the last few years via their first imprint Splendor & Squalour.
In 2017 they launched their eponymous second label to critical acclaim. Trants EP, the label’s debut release saw them head into a world of jacking Chicago rhythm, retro-futurist haze and early bleep techno and was premiered by Mixmag. ‘Trants’ is regularly championed on dance-floors across the world.
Their second release in February 2018, was the hugely popular Club Orange EP. All three cuts were premiered by leading publications including Mixmag and Resident Advisor. The EP sold out on vinyl in one day, hit the charts on Beatport, Decks.de, and was featured in many leading playlists on Itunes and Spotify. ‘Space Dub’ also made it onto Maceo Plex’s fabric 98 Mix.
Whilst garnering a dedicated cult following and solidifying themselves as one of the most exciting break-through artists, Brame & Hamo’s profile across the globe has grown rapidly seeing them share lineups and support from the likes of Ame, Bicep, Denis Sulta, Gerd Janson, Laurent Garnier, Mall Grab, Nick Höppner, Optimo, Radio Slave, Soundtream, and Paul Woolford amongst many others.
There is no doubt that Brame & Hamo have not only put Sligo on the map, but are taking over the world one club and festival at a time with their arsenal of dance-floor ready tracks…
Shannon Shaw is terrified of spiders.
But the powerhouse singer-bassist of retro-rock band Shannon & The Clams had bigger fears when she went to an astrologer two years ago. Shaw was at an emotional tipping point — willing to try anything — because everything she loved was falling apart.
Things began to unravel in 2016 with the tragic Ghost Ship warehouse fire in the Clams’ DIY community in Oakland. In 2018, the California wildfires in Napa almost caused her parents to evacuate their homes. In 2019, a lurking intruder drove Shaw out of the beloved apartment she’d lived in for 14 years. And then, right as her band was getting invited on big tours with bands like Greta Van Fleet and The Black Keys, her father was diagnosed with cancer.
The astrologer told her to summon Durga when she felt powerless, a Hindu goddess who holds a weapon in each of her eight arms. Shaw saw the connection and Year Of The Spider, the band’s sixth studio album was born.
The album rages against death and disease with the power of a thousand angry Ronettes. Songs on the album pulse with girl-group elegance and punk ferocity. On a Clams record, you always get both. Hear it for yourself when the Oakland band play at Splendour in the Grass on 24 July.
Can you see a rainbow in the sky??? Byron Bays very own hippy-rockers Babe Rainbow bring their zest to Splendour in the Grass 2022. The histories in the Rainbow Archive come from a range of perspectives, you can feel the Aquarius everywhere. Babes music is so big it’s almost psychedelic, guaranteed to blow your mind. Zest is best. “Protect it and go with it,” tread lightly. Their Splendour performance will bookend a 12-month cycle that started with Babe Rainbow alongside Jaden Smith pushing imaginations on what the intersection of rainbow psyche music and hip hop sounds like. A tune lifted from the bands fourth album ‘Changing Colours’ that a Clash Magazine reviewer called “Psych-pop constructed with a painterly touch, Babe Rainbow seem to thrive on feeling, unhooking themselves from logical realms and embarking on lengthy journeys across turbulent inner oceans.” And the cycle now rolls across the release of new single “Smash The Machine” and expected long player #5 not too far into 2022.
Three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Tai Verdes was an essential worker at a Los Angeles Verizon Wireless store. Now, his debut album TV has reached #3 on Billboard Heatseekers and #5 on Spotify charts. After posting a series of TikTok videos, Tai’s breakout single, “Stuck In The Middle” took flight, becoming one of the biggest viral hits in the US, hailed by The New York Times as one of the “Best Songs of 2020.”
Tai’s single “A-O-K” followed a similar path, earning him #1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart. The song continues to climb charts going #12 at Top 40 Pop Radio, and #34 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tai has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The TODAY Show, as well as Lollapalooza 2021 to a crowd of 35,000 people, his first-ever live set. The pop rising sensation has garnered praise from Rolling Stone, Billboard, MTV, NYLON, Genius, Complex, Variety, Stereogum, and more.
“I’m gonna be a problem,” says the 6’7 singer with a smile, who carries himself with as much charisma as stature. “I love everything that’s happening. But this is not a one song thing, this is a 10-album thing.”
Following a tense chart battle with Demi Lovato, The Snuts became the first Scottish band to achieve a UK Number 1 for 14 years with their 2021 debut album ‘W.L.’ – selling over 20,000 sales. The album encapsulates the band’s journey from four working class kids growing up with a dream in Whitburn, West Lothian, to becoming one of the UK’s most exciting and vital bands of the new decade.
Featuring their Radio 1 playlisted single and love song for the ages, ‘Somebody Loves You’, a fresh take on fan and live favourite ‘Glasgow’, the hip-hop driven ‘Elephants’, the hauntingly heartfelt anthem ‘Always’ and main stage festival ready hymn, ‘All Your Friends’, the album entranced critics all over. The Sunday Times labelled the record as “a sun-soaked singalong”, the Daily Star stated that “W.L will blow you away”, and the Daily Record declared the band “Kings of Scotland”.
The Snuts released fiery new single ‘Burn The Empire’ in November 2021. We can’t wait to catch their uninhibited, sweat-drenched live show when they play Splendour in the Grass on Sunday 24 July!
The ascent of Sycco, aka 19 year old First Nations artist/writer/producer Sash McLeod, only started in 2020 (mid-pandemic) but her pop-driven, psych-infused, dance-inducing brand of electronica has already won her fans near and far. Following the release of a string of successful singles including “Dribble”, ‘Germs’ and ‘My Ways’, she released a concisely-titled debut EP “Sycco’s First EP” (out now via Future Classic). Sycco’s most recent release is “Weakness” a collab with Alice Ivy that is currently dominating the airwaves.
Sycco’s trippy bops have seen her land in the pages of Vogue (Australia), NME, Billboard, Paper, Cool Hunting, Nylon, Paste, Ones To Watch, triple j, among others and amassed +20 million streams (and counting). She’s sold out her debut national headline tour, landed #29 in the Hottest 100, won big at the Queensland Music Awards and picked up nominations at the AIR and NIMA Awards and performed for KCRW and triple j’s Like a Version.
Sycco was recently announced as YouTube’s Music Foundry Class of 2021, scored a Times Square billboard as the face of Spotify’s Equal Campaign, named as Apple Music AU’s Up Next Artist for August and won Australia’s prestigious Levi’s Music Prize — and she’s only just getting started.
Big Twisty & The Funknasty are arguably one of the hottest upcoming funk/hip hop act in Australia right now. Whipping crowds into a funk frenzy across the country with their explosive, 10-person live show, they are here to open up your mind, free your body and have a funkin’ good time.
Since the formation of the band in 2019, Big Twisty & The Funknasty have wasted no time in developing their live act, appearing on numerous support tours with the likes of Dune Rats, the Vanns and Ocean Alley. Following the release of ‘King Is Back’, ‘Pickup Truck’ and ‘Pussycat’, the crew took off on their own headline tours supporting each single and selling out all shows across the east coast of Australia. Big Twisty & The Funknasty are no strangers to the big stage, having played Yours and Owls festival and the Australian Grand Prix.
One of Australia’s most exciting rising indie punk acts, Perth four-piece Sly Withers set themselves apart from the pack with their uncanny knack for writing brilliant harmonies. This is heart-on-your-sleeve rock at its best.
The success of recent album, Gardens, and the rise of Sly Withers has felt inevitable over the last few years. After several standout releases, including ‘Closer’ and ‘Google Maps’, the band signed with Dew Process in 2019 and released the breakthrough EP, Gravis–gaining their first national recognition thanks to the single ‘Lately.’ Relentless touring continued to build their reputation as a live force, and then the release of the single ‘Cracks’ blew them up to a whole new level, as Sam Blitvich (vocals & guitar) lamented out loud about his inability to “write an opening line”– only to find he’d written the perfect one. From there the floodgates were open, with the success of the emotional and powerful follow up single ‘Clarkson’; an appearance on triple j’s Like A Version that blew the world away; a coveted place as the triple J Feature Album; and finally a band that a year earlier was only on the fringes of success went and landed in the top 10 of the ARIA Albums Chart.
With their new album “The Prettiest Curse”, Hinds are aiming to bring some magic back into this grey, broken world. It may seem like we’re going to hell in a handbasket – politically, socially, environmentally – but the foursome of Carlotta Cosials, Ana Perrote, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen are setting out to be the force for change, albeit in their own, deliciously inimitable way. In the immortal words of Ghostbusters, who you gonna call? Hinds, of course!
The Prettiest Curse is Hinds most sparkly, unashamedly widescreen record to date, one stuffed to the gills with vaulting ambition, insidious harmonies and, yes, a soupçon or two of pure magic. The album in effect, is the breathtaking sound of a band finally harnessing the full extent of their pop prowess and unleashing songs which sound ten times bigger, bolder, and more complex than anything they have done before. Which isn’t to say they have turned their backs on being Hinds – quite the opposite in fact. Here, they double down on what, precisely, makes them so special – the bright melodies betraying heartbreaking themes of isolation and betrayal, the empowering, don’t mess with us all-girl gang glow – while going even further. Although much of The Prettiest Curse radiates raw sensitivity, Hinds never shy away from speaking their truth with uncompromising boldness.
Get ready for Hinds impressive set when they play Splendour on Saturday 23 July.
Sloan Struble, who records music as Dayglow, explains that his sophomore album Harmony House began life as an imaginary sitcom. He’d begun writing new music after the release of his runaway 2018 debut Fuzzybrain, and found himself drawn to piano-driven soft rock from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. He was also watching a lot of Cheers, the long-running sitcom that took the viewer to a place where, as the theme song goes, “everybody knows your name.” “At the very beginning, I was writing a soundtrack to a sitcom that doesn’t exist,” he says. The music would generate a kind of impossible nostalgia for something that had never been real.
Struble was born and raised in Texas and wrote the first song he recorded for Harmony House while still in his dorm room. Much of the album is about growing up and coping with change; after Fuzzybrain, Struble left university and decided to fully commit to being a musician. At 21, he’s now out of school, but as he did on his debut, he writes, produces, records, and mixes all of his music himself—in his bedroom, no less.
Harmony House is a finely calibrated, carefully fussed over expression of encouragement for anyone who needs it. Witness it live as the lovable Dayglow takes to Splendour with his boyish and gentle tenor in July 2022.
Born on the streets of Los Angeles, Starcrawler are a band of misfit rock & rollers for a new generation- for the freaks and weirdos in everyone. Led by lead singer Arrow de Wilde’s and her cathartic performances the band brings an unforgettable chaotic electricity to every concert. Alongside her, guitarist Henri Cash plays the perfect foil to Arrow with an undeniable style and performance of his own, tearing at the guitar like few have before him. Alongside bassist Tim Franco, the band has the undeniable charisma and artistry to cut through the noise and pretenders – poised to explode into the mainstream.
Since their early days, Starcrawler have gone from bashing out songs in the garage to winning the love of such legendary artists as Shirley Manson and Elton John. They’ve opened for the likes of Beck, Foo Fighters, Spoon, The Distillers, and MC5 and toured across the UK, EU, Australia and Japan. 2022 brings a new LP under construction and early reports are that it is the sound of Starcrawler going full throttle and coming into their own.
Alice Ivy sits at the intersection of producer and tastemaker. A revered collaborator, she’s equally adept at uncovering new dimensions to those who you thought were well established, household names as she is seeking out and helping to break new ones. For the musician however, platforming new artists and helping new voices to break-through to the mainstream goes beyond just tastemaking.
In the years between the release of Ivy’s Australian Music Prize nominated 2018 debut I’m Dreaming, the curator has grown into one of Australian electronica’s most prominent advocates for female producers, putting her instep with tireless voices such as Grimes, Alison Wonderland and beyond. From her sophomore LP to her recent slew of standalone collaborative singles, Alice Ivy’s discography increasingly reads like an enviable, hand-picked roster of the most exciting established and emerging non-male and gender diverse artists from Australia and around the world.
Through her choice of collaborators, many of whom are female and non-binary, Alice Ivy is working to diversify the sound and look of the traditionally male-dominated studio space – a cause moves forward again throughout her second LP. Following her latest joint single with Camp Cope frontperson Georgia Maq, ‘Someone Stranger’, ‘Weakness’ continues to build on the refined curatorial efforts of her Australian Music Prize-shortlisted second LP, Don’t Sleep, a record which boasted collaborations with the likes of Odette, Montaigne, Ngaiire, Thelma Plum, Bertie Blackman and more.
He might be young, but there’s always been something wise-beyond-his-years about Budjerah.
Featuring the acclaimed singles Missing You and Higher, his debut, self-titled EP released in early 2021, displayed an aptitude for the sheen and indelibility of old-school soul singers, a quality that spoke to the classic records he was raised on growing up in coastal New South Wales.
He soon followed with the gleaming, soulful track Talk feat. MAY-A and his timeless new single Wash My Sorrows Away; and collaborated with dance music superstars PNAU on Stranger Love.
Budjerah announced a partnership with Warner Records US, was named an Apple Music Up Next artist and was selected as one of the artists from around the globe for #YouTubeBlack Voices Artist Class of 2022. Most recently he won New Talent of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards and was nominated for five ARIA Awards including Best Artist, Best Soul/R&B release, and the Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist Award.
Budjerah’s personal highlights include supporting local luminaries including The Avalanches, Thelma Plum, Jack River and Lime Cordiale, and performing to a sold-out crowd in Sydney.
Don’t miss Budjerah’s impressive talent when he takes the stage at Splendour 2022.
If you’re a Hip Hop fan in Australia, you should by now know the name JK-47. Whether you know him as the 2020 Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year, or from his jaw-dropping Like A Version where he put a fantastic twist on ‘Changes’ by 2Pac, you would already know that the talented Indigenous artist is a force to be reckoned with. It’s no surprise to see acts like Illy, Chillinit, Allday, 360, Nerve and many more showing him love.
At the age of fourteen, JK-47 began writing rhymes & rapping. Over the years his name has become all too familiar, not just on home turf in the shire of Tweed, but also right across the Australian hip-hop landscape. His ability to put pen to pad & produce timeless lyrics, painting pictures with his music, is second to none.
Having already scored a triple j feature album with his stellar debut ‘Made For This’, NIMA Album of the Year, nominations for Best New Act at the 2021 Rolling Stone Awards, Acclaim Magazine Rookie of the Year as well as being booked for festivals across Australia, including Splendour in the Grass, you can’t deny JK-47 is well on the right path for a bright future. The man is on a mission to touch the hearts & minds of those not just his home country, but all around the world. A mission he will achieve.
JEFF The Brotherhood is an art project whose inception dates back to 2002. In an unassuming basement in Nashville, Tennessee, brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall began experimenting with a riveting blend of kraut rock, jazz, black metal, and the avant-garde. The Brotherhood began with one goal in mind: to do or create whatever they want with no rules or boundaries.
Over the last 15 years, their experimental and expansive art has taken them to Hawaii, New Zealand, and Russia, spanning over a thousand live performances. They’ve created countless art objects in conjunction with music, including zines, puppets, videos, and twelve full-length albums. In the process, they’ve swept up countless allocates from the international music press.
Their latest offering sees the band deliver something different in the form of a sprawling double album dubbed Magick Songs. The record marks a departure from previous styles. Elements of ‘80s Japanese experimental music meld with Indonesian Gamelan forms, clever improvisation and abundant hand percussion, and synthesizer. Later, it’s dreamy and ethereal, evoking psychedelic rock and ‘90s indie styles. Many of the compositions were written in collaboration with Kunal Prakash (Viva L’American Death Ray Music & Quintron’s Weather Warlock Band) and Jack Lawrence (The Greenhornes & Raconteurs & The Dead Weather), and feature a host of guest collaborations including vocals by Jenna Moynihan (Daddy Issues & Fever Blush) and saxophone and clarinet by Reece Lazarus (Bully).
Don’t miss Jeff The Brotherhood at Splendour 2022.
Following her acclaimed debut album Morningside in 2017, Fazerdaze – the recording project of Wellington-born Amelia Murray – returns in 2022 with fresh new material and a brand new live show.
After what felt like an endless hiatus for her loyal fans, NZ Summer 2022 marks a much awaited return. Following an inwards journey of self-reflection, connecting back to herself through a whirlwind of pandemic anxiety and health issues- Fazerdaze is ready to grace the stage once again.
With a plethora of new songs, Fazerdaze sets to build upon the solid foundations and accolades of her 2017 debut record; nods from Pitchfork and MOJO, a performance at the iconic Coachella Music Festival in 2018 and a sold out headline world tour – all nestled among support slots for major artists that she now stands alongside as her peers – The xx, Haim and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
This return marks the beginning of a new era and one that sees Fazerdaze stronger and more sure of herself than ever.
King Stingray is a story of lifelong friendship and two cultures coming together. Growing up together in Yirrkala in North-East Arnhem Land, founding members Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu (frontman) and Roy Kellaway (guitar) have been playing and making music together for as long as they can remember.
Yirrŋa and Roy formed King Stingray with mates Dimathaya Burarrwanga (rhythm guitar backing vocals and yidaki), Campbell Messer (bass) and Lewis Stiles (drums). The band seamlessly blend ancient indigenous melodies with surf, indie and funk influences to create a unique sound of their own: Yolŋu surf-rock.
Propelled by the instant success of their debut track “Hey Wanhaka” in October 2020, accidental lockdown anthem “Get Me Out”, and current groove-laden dance jam “Milkumana”, the band have soared to unexpected heights. In just over 12 months King Stingray have performed for triple j’s Live at the Wireless, appeared on ABC TV’s The Sound, been profiled in The Guardian and Rolling Stone, and won triple j’s Unearthed Artist of the Year J award.
The band spent 2021 dodging COVID-19 restrictions to wow crowds along the eastern states, completely selling out their first ever tour in March/April and gaining new fans at Dark Mofo in Hobart and Splendour XR. Now it’s time for King Stringray to take the stage at Splendour IRL!
Kiwi four-piece Mako Road have fast become one of New Zealand’s favourite bands – their recently released debut album ‘Stranger Days’ brilliantly captures the band’s epic indie-rock grooves and psych-surf sounds, and cements the band’s reputation as the most exciting independent act on the horizon. The album includes hit singles ‘Surfing On Mars’, ‘Helicopter’, ‘Don’t Keep Me Waiting’ and ‘Stranger Days’, all of which have been riding waves of popularity across sales, radio and streaming charts.
Hailing from Christchurch, the festival favourites have translated their hazy summer psych grooves into an explosive live set, resulting in multiple sold-out Australasian tours. Recently nominated for Best Rock Act in NZ’s Aotearoa Music Awards, their music has made regular appearances at the pointy end of the independent music charts with multiple Gold and Platinum certifications.
Fans have eagerly dived in on streaming sites, with over 90M streams, 2M YouTube views, and 36k Instagram followers.
The sky’s the limit for Mako Road band members Rhian Ward, Connor Jaine, Connor McErlich and Robbie Day.
For renforshort, music is her diary: unfiltered, full of angst and tackling everyday teen struggles hit hardest when coming of age. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter doesn’t pretend to have it all figured out, but she wants us to be by her side while she does. After releasing just two independent singles, Lauren inked her first record deal with Interscope Records just last year. At the peak of the pandemic, she shared her debut EP teenage angst, brimming with seven soul-baring, alt-pop bangers influenced by everyone from Nirvana to Amy Winehouse.
And she hasn’t slowed down since. While quarantine found many teens biding their time making TikTok videos, renforshort continued cutting her teeth writing music. The result is her sophomore EP off saint dominique, a collection of deeply reflective and snappy tracks that range from acoustic pop to alt-rock to pop-punk. Finding inspiration in cinematic horror and Stranger Things, there’s a darker, more mature edge to off saint dominique. “Sonically there’s inspiration everywhere from hyperpop, to grunge to even almost Disney vibes,” renforshort says. With off saint dominique, renforshort wants to continue taking listeners along with her as she navigates the complexities of young adulthood and becomes more comfortable in her art.
As MAY-A, 20-year-old Sydney-based singer-songwriter Maya Cumming distils her life into understated indie-pop vignettes which are universally poignant, charmingly astute, endlessly empathetic and disarmingly honest. In the process, she deftly and authentically captures the peculiar sensations of being a young person alive in this moment, articulated with a clarity, vulnerability and maturity beyond her years. For MAY-A, music has always been a means to untangle how she makes sense of both herself and the world around her, compelled towards creation as an act of therapy. Her confessional, stream-of-consciousness lyricism captures the excitable fullness of her interior life, full of whimsical asides, wry observations and heartrending moments of clear-eyed emotional clarity. Her music thus achieves a remarkable and delicate balancing act: a compelling, tender document of her maturation as it unfolds before herself and us. Brimming with compositional left turns, crystalline pop vocals, 90’s pop-rock channeling instrumentation, nonchalant cool and the post-genre sensibilities of contemporary bedroom-pop, MAY-A paints her indie-pop in shades of anthemic that never consciously reach for the anthemic.
On her 2021 debut EP, Don’t Kiss Ur Friends, she charts the course of an autobiographical relationship, telling the story of a blossoming queer identity and budding transition from adolescence to adulthood, growing ever more into her own music along the way. Traversing first loves, break-ups and more, Don’t Kiss Ur Friends undercuts the elated rush of those formative years with the pangs of hurt that so often accompany them. Across all of her releases to date, MAY-A has honed her ability to take the small moments of life and make them feel larger than they seem, injecting her lyrical vignettes of navigating relationships and everyday existence with an unguardedness that invites you in but hints at something left unseen. Like previous singles, her debut EP is wonderfully open – and it’s this natural impulse towards sharing that inculcates MAY-A’s music with a deeply-felt universality that underwrites the specificities of the subject matter: her own life.
The Lazy Eyes are Harvey Geraghty (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Itay Shachar (vocals, guitar), Leon Karagic (bass) and Noah Martin (drums). Deep in Sydney, Australia’s quaint suburbia lies the nonchalant ‘Lindfield Studios’. A cosy blue house turned creative hub where raging guitars, sombre grand pianos and more bleed from a single room into its cascading bushland. The serenity of the space, albeit unassuming, weaves its way across The Lazy Eyes’ music, who douse the neighbourhood in a psychedelic ooze.
At 15 years old, they met at a performing arts high school which provided fertile ground to pursue their creative endeavours. In the time since, the group have built a cult following with their magnetic live set. Long before their debut single, word of them spread like wildfire. This eventually reached the BBC’s Abbie McCarthy who aired the then unreleased ‘Cheesy Love Song’ during a takeover on Australia’s national youth broadcaster, triple j. In the year that followed, their debut EP saw The Lazy Eyes sell out headline shows, amass a combined 3 million streams and receive praise from Apple Music’s Matt Wilkinson, Bandcamp, Atwood Magazine, American Songwriter, Monster Children, land at #17 on triple j Unearthed’s Top 50 Most Played Artists of 2020 and many more.
In just a few short years Adrian Eagle has gone from writing music at home to playing festival stages and arenas worldwide. After garnering widespread acclaim for breakout singles 17 Again and ARIA nominated A.O.K, the Adelaide-bred singer-songwriter went on to feature on Hilltop Hoods’ ARIA Award winning single Clark Griswold, perform a sincere rendition of Ocean Alley’s ‘Confidence’ for triple j’s Like A Version, and release his debut EP ‘MAMA’.
Channeling his trademark sound, the ‘MAMA’ EP features ode to his hometown of Adelaide ‘Housing Trust’ and breakout single ‘17 Again’ which tells his journey of overcoming suicidal thoughts after weighing a life threatening 270kg at just 17 years old. The EP also features powerful positivity anthem ‘A.O.K’- which serves as an important message: that kindness and love overcome adversity.
The ‘MAMA’ EP is Adrian’s life and experiences laid bare for the listener, an outlet to share his struggles with the world in the hope of helping others overcome whatever struggles they are facing in their lives too. Produced in majority by Jerome Farah, ‘MAMA’ oozes in neo-soul traditions and classic hip-hop grooves layered under Adrian’s powerful emotive vocals and lyrical storytelling unlike anything else.
Banoffee is a Melbourne-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and producer with a musically transgressive and deeply vulnerable approach to pop. She has toured with Taylor Swift on a worldwide stadium tour as part of Charlie XCX’s troupe, and represents the new wave of mutant pop bubbling up from today’s queer club underground. She has been described as one of pop music’s “recent great forward thinkers” (FACT) and is known for infectious melodies that belie more unsettling, experimental textures and beats.
Look At Us Now Dad is Banoffee’s debut album, and it is an uplifting, hopeful journey that celebrates survival in the face of abuse and adversity. Featuring collaborations with SOPHIE, Empress Of, Cupcakke, Umru, and co-produced by Banoffee and Yves Rothman, it is an exciting musical hybrid of experimental club sounds and earworm pop.
Flowerkid, the moniker of now 20-year-old Flynn Sant, released his revelatory debut EP, Everyone Has A Breaking Point in 2021, the natural culmination of his years of introspection and art-making.
We find flowerkid in typical form on the EP— deftly pivoting between genres and frames of mind in the pursuit of healing. Brittle one moment and bitter the next, Flynn is anything but timid as he leads the listener through the pain and the beauty of his coming of age.
Using a voice that remains both timeless and unmistakably of the now, Flynn has reached the apex of his creative approach thus far. Though always conceived from his personal experiences, his songs manage to hum with universal relevance. It’s the kind of music that by sharing, encourages you to share — to consider your own life and concealed pain. It also offers to do that alongside you, guiding you through with tender confidence. Like an outstretched arm or a knowing glance, Everyone Has A Breaking Point is pop at its most empathetic.
We can’t wait to feel all the feels when flowerkid takes the stage.
A fizzled-out Tinder date collided with a Gumtree ad, and from the flaming ashes rose The Buoys, the sweet and savory all-female Sydney outfit making noise across Australia. Provoked by workplace feuds, slow walkers on the footpath and a tonne of bad dates, The Buoys carve out a fresh space in the indie guitar scene, traversing the bounds from uncertainty to curiosity, disappointment to determination.
Taking 2021 by storm, The Buoys sold out headline tours across Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with their single ‘Bad Habit’ hailed as “the musical definition of a bullseye” by Richard Kingsmill. Solidifying their spot as front runners in the Australian music scene, the band sat in triple j’s Most Played for weeks on end (including cracking the top 5), as well as becoming cover girls for Spotify’s ‘Local Noise’ and ‘Rock Out’ playlists. The band swiftly followed this up with the release of cathartic banger ‘Lie To Me Again’, becoming the most playlisted Australian act across streaming platforms in release week, receiving a full rotation triple j add, cover placement on Spotify’s ‘Indie Arrivals’, as well as charting in Shazam’s Top 100, and Spotify AU Viral 50.
Moktar is a DJ and producer effortlessly combining club and techno with traditional Arabic instrumentation, sampling and producing to emphasise his Egyptian-Australian background. A hybrid style, Moktar’s music is new to the clubs of Australia and is itching to make its way across dancefloors.
Moktar’s heritage has always been at the forefront of his identity. Navigating racism and abuse was an everyday reality growing up in the Shire, especially in the years surrounding the Cronulla riots. Regardless, Moktar’s Middle-Eastern background found its way to become a source of pride: and with that pride comes the inspiration to share the sounds of his culture through his own music.
Although he plans to split his years between London and Melbourne in the future, for now Moktar is resigned to Australian shores to share his signature sound. Signed to Mall Grab’s label Steel City Dance Discs, Moktar will release his debut self-titled EP, an expansive and expressive exploration of techno and IDM through the lens of Arabic percussion and instrumentation.
His first single, “SILK”, is a microcosm for this sound, embracing complex and traditional rhythmic ideas while traversing emotive melodic states. With a debut Australian tour around the corner, Moktar’s music is beginning its journey and is taking everyone with it.
Hailing from the beachside town of Wollongong, NSW, 18-year-old musician Stevan is a young musical powerhouse on the rise. The multi-talented producer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist combines his many musical skills to create woozy, dreamlike pop songs that defy genres and classification. Before even graduating high school the multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter garnered a loyal underground following on Soundcloud and signed to US label Honeymoon Records (an imprint of Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment) and became Astral People’s latest management signing.
Stevan draws inspiration from classic musicians such as Bob Marley, Al Green and Stevie Wonder. He fuses this with his love for contemporary musicians Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar and the collision of the classic and contemporary is evident in his sound today, which infuses classic R&B songwriting with modern production. While still in high school, the self-taught multi-instrumentalists, producer and singer made a name for himself releasing demos on Soundcloud which quickly garnered him a loyal underground fan base and attracted industry attention. Before even graduating high school Stevan signed to the US label Honeymoon Records (an imprint of Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment) and became Astral People’s latest management signing sitting alongside fellow Australian artists like Cosmo’s Midnight, Winston Surfshirt and Milan Ring. With an arsenal of musical talent and a devoted fan base, Stevan is on his way to big things.
Led by leggy front-woman, Lizzie Mack and featuring the legendary OG-Red-Wiggle, Murray Cook, on lead guitar, The Soul Movers’ music takes fans on a ride across a cool musical spectrum of 1960s and 70s Soul, Pop, and rock and roll, making them one of the most entertaining live music acts on the national touring circuit.
The Soul Movers lineup features a star-studded cast of musicians who count themselves among the best in Australia. At times described as a “supergroup”, Lizzie Mack and Murray Cook are joined by bassists Matt Crawford and Tony Mitchell (Sherbet), Marko Simec on keys (Waiting For Guinness) and legendary session drummer Luke Herbert (Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers, Don Walker etc). Together they deliver a unified and electrifying live performance that impresses audiences and critics alike wherever they go.
The Soul Movers have recorded in both the US and Australia to create four critically acclaimed albums – including their current for ABC Music ‘Evolution’ plus their current brand-new EP ‘Not Putting It Down’. Get groovy as the The Soul Movers showcase their incredible energy and skill at Splendour in the Grass on Sunday 24 July!
With a triple j Unearthed High-winning debut ‘Circles’ in her stride, the last two years have been big for 18-year-old George Alice. Officially signing a global deal with US label Loma Vista Recordings (Denzel Curry, St. Vincent, Skegss, Soccer Mommy) George made a splash with follow-up singles ‘Stuck In A Bubble’, ‘Teenager’ and ‘Mid Years’, with all four singles now having amassed a total of 20 million global streams.
She has completed headline Australian tours as well as played Yours and Owls, Laneway (Adelaide), Field Trip, SummerSalt, and Rolling Sets Festivals, supported Allday and Crooked Colours and now she’s on route to Splendour in the Grass in 2022!
Composed of rappers rako, goyo, DALI HART, producer-singer Nerdie and producer pokari.sweat, 1300 initially came together following a chance encounter at a house party, after years spent orbiting around one another in Sydney’s Korean-Australian music scene.
Less than a year into the 1300 project, they’ve already blazed an incendiary trail with their debut single, ‘Brr’, released in January 2021 and its breakthrough March follow-up, ‘No Caller ID’, both of which amassed local and international praise from the likes of Acclaim Mag, Sound Doctrine and top Korean rappers Paloalto & Lil Boi, alongside receiving rotation adds across triple j Unearthed and FBi Radio. Transposing the energy of those early singles to an exhilarating, boisterous live show, the group’s ability to transcend genre and audience has, in that short time, seen them already notch a slew of notable support slots, appearing alongside Genesis Owusu, Shady Nasty, Jono Ma, Taka Perry, 3K, Kota Banks and more.
With one foot in Korea and the other in Western Sydney, 1300’s music embodies the abundant possibilities that emerge when you have to find your own way, existing between and across cultures. What ties it all together is the crew’s uncompromising pursuit of raucous energy, a constant momentum and intensity born in studio sessions that is then given shape and sound through their music. From Seoul to Sydney and everywhere in between: 1300, the future of K-hip hop, now.
Mickey Kojak is Australia’s favourite acid-taking, video-game-playing son. Mickey’s music and live shows are an explosive romp through his diverse catalogue, blending innovative and modern sounds with classic songwriting sensibilities.
In 2021, he released two dance-floor heaters “Lights Out” and “Club Is On Fire”, his first new music in nearly 18 months and the first taste of his upcoming debut record Ultra.
During the last 12 months, he has toured nationally with Confidence Man, The Jungle Giants and will be playing his own headline shows in summer 2021/2022, making sure his band known as “The Little Kojak Buckeroos”* are in peak playing condition for Splendour in the Grass 2022.
(*name subject to change at any given moment depending on the band’s mood)
Dro Carey is Sydney-based producer and DJ Eugene Ward. With a discog already spanning an impressive lineup of labels, he’s released on esteemed experimental imprints such as The Trilogy Tapes and Templar Sound, as well as London club heavyweight Greco-Roman.
His productions are eclectic – casually darting between deep, low-slung UK Garage and energetic, neon Grime beats. Though prone to frequent genre shape-shifting, Dro’s tracks always manage to carry a singular vision and unmistakable feel – an approach built around structures and hooks that elude traditional club formulas.
Following on from his string of acclaimed EPs & singles of dancefloor constructions, 2020 saw Dro turn his attention to his debut album. The record is a refreshingly eclectic culmination of all sides of Dro Carey that we’ve heard in the past & more; including his trademark layered production, thumping dance floor heaters & a mysterious edge that keeps the Dro Carey project one of the most exciting coming out of the country.
DJ Scorpion is the solo project of Amelia Jenner, label boss and radio host of cult Australian electronic label Body Promise and co-founder of the NECTAR agency. As half of Body Promise she spins the hottest bangers and champions local artists; as a co-founder and member of Nectar she throws some of the most considered parties and events Sydney has to offer.
Her solo DJ guise is the rarest emergence of them all and one of the most exciting of her forms. Scorp moves at a breakneck pace across genres, leaning towards driving rhythmic tracks built for the floor that are both fresh and refined. Taking a darker and more twisted approach, you can expect anything from jungle, DnB, IDM, deep techno, broken beat and big euphoric face melters, the likes of which can be seen through her mixes for Bizarro (named one of Resident Advisor’s mixes of the month), Melbourne Deepcast, Red Light Radio and Animalia. 2019 saw her undertake her debut Australian tour which included a slot at the now iconic Freedom Time festival in Perth on New Years Eve.
Be sure to hit the dancefloor when DJ Scorpion takes over.
PRICIE made her grand debut with the release of her powerful and charismatic single ‘too dang good’ in early 2021, leading the rapper, singer-songwriter to be labelled as one to watch. Then the Australia/Nigerian talent gave fans another taste of her fresh, slick and soulful sound, releasing ‘FRIENDZONE’, featuring one of Australia’s most in-demand talents, Genesis Owusu.
PRICIE has impressed a long list of tastemakers around the globe, from Apple Music’s Ebro Darden, to Acclaim, Early Rising, NME, Pilerats, Red Bull, The Line Of Best Fit, Tonedeaf, Wonderland Mag, and more recently Billboard.
With her list of accolades ever growing, make sure to keep a firm eye on this diverse and ever so talented artist when she takes the stage at Splendour in the Grass!
Mylee Grace kicks your shins with music that’s sunshine sweet and beatdown gutter-street all at the same time. Hers is a sound that triumphs over the ordinary. Joy and melancholy are merely her playthings as she moves between meaning and mayhem, poetry and pandemonium, life learnings and shed skins with all the effortless whimsy of a woman at the peak of her art form. Grace’s troupe are her musical friends and family with whom she has defined the sound of alternative country anti-folk rock and roll. To enter their world is to “feel” the music at full force.
Mylee released her debut solo album, Whiplash in the Moshpit, in November 2021 – the record comprises songs Mylee wrote over the last seven years. Her music has been described as “Music that makes you feel like you’re on holidays with friends “. It is in some ways a distinctively Australian sound, but not in any traditional way. It’s not country; more like country’s coastal cousin maybe.
Catch the Northern Rivers based artist’s feel-good singalongs when she takes the stage at Parklands.
Andy Golledge’s performance at Splendour in the Grass follows the release of the Sydney alt-country rocker’s debut album ‘Strength of a Queen’. This show is set to be a wild and stimulating experience, and much like all of Golledge’s live shows, you can expect it to be exhilarating and unpredictable.
If Andy Golledge is only just now beeping onto your radar, we almost envy you the voyage of discovery. A local legend and a visual icon, he has been colourfully described as “an intriguing man with a horny moustache.” Characteristically rambunctious, energetic, and thrilling, don’t miss the opportunity to witness Golledge and his stellar band as they take the stage.
If you are going to discover one thing at Splendour, make sure it’s Andy Golledge.
Alternative pop artist Charlie Collins will be making her long awaited return releasing her second album, Undone which is set to arrive on Fri March 11th. The follow-up to her ARIA nominated and AIR award winning debut Snowpine, will include her recently released album title-track plus single’s ‘Fuck it’ and ‘Just My Luck’.
With 5 million artist streams to her name, Charlie has successfully been building her solo career since 2018. With the release of Snowpine she crossed music genres, won numerous accolades and performed support slots for Sam Fender, Orville Peck and Gang of Youths with festival appearances at Laneway, Fairgrounds and Woodford Festival. Now it’s Splendour’s turn!
Pink Matter are redefining what it is to be an all-female band. Following a long line of women doing it better for themselves – from The Supremes, to Destiny’s Child, The Spice Girls, TLC, HAIM, and all the talented powerful women in between – Pink Matter are shaping this tradition in their own way on Australian shores. Crafting a unique intersection between neo-soul, jazz and dance genres, the three-piece have quickly developed a devoted following in their hometown of Brisbane and beyond. Evoking notable hints of KAYTRANADA, The Internet and Koi Child, their debut 5 track EP Human Error (grammy-nominated engineer/producer Nick Herrera) was released in August 2018, and the group have since then earned support slots for Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Harvey Sutherland and The Internet and booked for the country’s biggest festivals, Laneway and Splendour In The Grass.
Memphis LK is a Melbourne based artist, producer, vocalist and DJ.
Memphis fell in sync with electronic music in her late teens, teaching herself Ableton and eventually combining early soul, pop and RnB influences with her love of underground electro, UKG, 2-step and breakbeat. The versatile performing artist/DJ has paved her way within the Melbourne club music massive, twisting parties with the likes of DJ Koze and Ms Boogie.
Memphis’ independent single ‘Speak Honestly’ launched the self-produced artist/DJ into her solo career in 2019, landing her a record deal with Remote Control Records (Dot Dash). Her second single ‘Roses’, gained support from DSP’s, triple j and triple j Unearthed, naming her Unearthed feature artist in February 2020. ‘Green Light’ was Memphis’ first offering of 2020 – a powerhouse bass-driven anthem that comes with an endearing homemade video created inside her apartment during isolation. The track landed her in the triple j Unearthed ‘5 star club’ with the second highest start rating from presenters.
‘Letters in Concrete’ is the latest offering from Memphis, packed with powerful lyricism, dreamy synths and danceable lo-fi breaks. This release signifies an artist staking her claim as a dance pop force to be reckoned with.
The South African-born, Australian-raised Dena Amy is a chameleon of the arts; an accomplished DJ, singer, producer, dancer and actress.
Dena has stockpiled a seriously impressive list of festival and club plays including Splendour, Falls Festival, Field Day, FOMO, Harbourlife, Beyond The Valley, Spilt Milk, For The Love and Snowtunes. In the U.S, Dena has played at Coachella, EDC Las Vegas, CRSSD Festival, Electric Forest and a number of exclusive RÜFÜS DU SOL & Friends events.
From South African street parties to LA rooftops, Sydney sunsets and sweaty Berlin warehouse raves, Dena’s musical palette is rich and well refined. Her desire to represent a visual motion of movement and expression through dance – whether in the literal sense or through the speakers is her main driving force, we’re excited to move with her when she plays Splendour again in 2022!
Jordan Brando, 23, is at the forefront of the minimal house movement in Australia. His original productions have been supported by house heavyweights such as Chris Stussy, Prunk, Dimmish, and are heavily featuring on dance charts around the globe.
Recognised by BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong & tastemakers globally, Jordan’s abilities as a DJ and a producer raise no questions to why he is “a rising star in Australian dance music.” Standout performances at revered festivals Beyond the Valley and Pitch Music & Arts, and being handpicked to share the stage with the likes of Patrick Topping to Jamie Jones, have all contributed to solidifying Brando’s name as one Australia’s most promising dance music exports.
Shantan Wantan Ichiban has proved to be one of the most versatile DJs on the circuit. He has created some of Sydney’s most successful party nights across a wide range of genres. Through brands such as ‘Dutty Dancing’, ‘Player Haters Ball’, ‘Pop That’ and ‘Pineapple Republic’, he has built a reputation for fun parties turning even the darkest and dankest of rooms into a ‘queue-around-the-corner’ night club. Not surprisingly, Shantan possesses the uncanny ability to transform the quietest and most introverted party-goer into an ass-popping ratchet on the dance floor. Some say this ability was learned but the legends have it as he was born with it.
Shantan’s gift to put together energetic sets across different genres has made him one of Australia’s most sought after DJs. With an arsenal of Hip Hop, R&B, Trap, Indie, Dance, Throwback Pop Anthems and electronic music to pick from, his sets often obliterate any given dancefloor due to the sheer amount of dancing.
From throwing parties since 2011, to working in events for VICE and Ableton, and hosting shows on triple j and FBi Radio, Luen has been a valuable member of the dance music community for close to a decade.
Her first foray into production began in October 2019 with the self-released, self-titled debut Luen EP. Made in her bedroom with basic hardware, a plethora of samples and a microphone, it was created with dance floors in mind. Fast paced, crunchy and stripped back with splatters of owl samples and her own effected vocals.
To celebrate the release Luen took her free womens DJ Workshops on tour around Australia. Teaching over 300 female identifying, non-binary and trans women how to operate DJ Decks, connect with audiences and consider space and time in their sets. To date she has taught over 1000 women to DJ across Australia since 2016.
Luen has supported Peggy Gou, Wolf + Lamb, Red Axis, Dj Seinfeld, Honey Dijon, Project Pablo, Sleep D and DJ’d around the globe from Portugal to London and New York to Peru. She works alongside DJ’s Jad & The and Dom Bird to bring forth the Beats Of No Nation music podcast and Genie Stuart to present TAXX on Skylab Radio.
Luen is an avid gardener studying horticulture, who draws inspiration from nature in her production.
Behind the decks Luen takes a wide approach, mixing house, acid and techno classics with tasty and rare oddities from across the globe.
Honey Point (Dame + Deepa) have safely solidified their place in the Sydney underground dance scene as ‘Sydney’s Sweethearts’. Placing an emphasis on all things jazz and house, these two are clearing a path for a vibe almost undiscovered and a community yet to flourish.
Fresh off their Boiler Room debut the Honey Point pair have earnt themselves a reputation for creating high energy, love-filled and groovy sets. With selections tangential to jazz and house, you can expect to hear sounds spanning from liquid to dub, Chicago through to acid house and perhaps a drop of pop.
Through a collective goal for wider community engagement, this femme-fronted initiative seeks to create a platform for those less represented in the underground Sydney music scene.
Be a part of it when Honey Point take Splendour in the Grass 2022!
Sydney born and bred radio host, DJ/producer AK Sports is pioneering nu-rave; high NRG sets spanning breaks, bass & percs, techno hybrids and nostalgic warehouse cuts, finding her footing as a respected multifaceted artist based between London and Los Angeles.
2020 saw her debut EP Polarize released. Eclectic breakbeats, cathartic drums and aggressive bass tones are matched with luscious chords and brooding synth work. Following this release with originals and remixes on Club Glow, Dansu Discs, Raiders Records (Berlin), Toofelz Music and Mad Decent, AKS brings a celebration of UK styles into a modern 4×4 hybrid with experimental layers and twists and turns. Catch a glimpse ‘into her dark ravey mind’ at Splendour in the Grass 2022!
Ananthu Nair, better known by his pseudonym, aywy is an Indian-Australian artist & record producer based in Sydney, Australia.
Starting his career as a DJ/Producer, he founded the international online music collective & label, Flow Fi with international producers Fortune (Los Angeles) & Subdaio (New Jersey). After releasing a slew of singles & mixtapes on Soundcloud, he went on to play Sydney shows hosted by Boiler Room & Places + Faces, as well as international shows in Korea, Japan, China & the USA, all the while hosting secret underground warehouse parties & raves in Sydney’s Inner-West suburbs. From here he went on to work with artists such as Goldlink (Maryland) & produced a bulk of Anik Khan’s first project – Kites. He most recently produced for Ghanaian Afro-Fusion artist Amaarae on her project – The Angel You Don’t Know.
Aywy is an independent artist, releasing primarily through his international label – Flow Fi, & recently founded Sydney label, Ivory Records (IVRY®), a hub for South-Asian & POC talent. His production style weaves between contemporary & classic hip hop, R&B/Soul, Hindustani/Carnatic & world influences. His latest work features his vocal styling, mid-way between raps & sung melodies – further expanding his arsenal of creativity.
In 2022, aywy seeks to push the boundaries of electronic, R&B and hip hop music in Australia, through the output of his label – IVRY Records.
Carolina De La Piedra is a DJ from Sydney, Australia. In the past 24 months of DJing Carolina has played events such as Secret Garden Festival, Laneway Festival (twice) and Darwin Festival. Carolina also works for dance/hip-hop promoters BBE as an Assistant Booker and has worked with Kali Uchis as a Tour Rep and also Tour Managed Venus X. Importantly, she has become a mainstay on Sydney’s cultural scene and an omnipresent voice for women of colour.
Splendour is thrilled to welcome Carolina Gasolina to the festival in in July 2022!
Munasib is your favourite artist’s favourite DJ, keeping company with burgeoning local talent and sharing stages with international superstars. The Australian born, Bengali DJ marks a sea change in Australian dance culture, reflecting the plurality of the country’s multiculturalism with sets that as easily include Bollywood beats as Vince Staples’ ‘Norf Norf.’
Based in Eora/Sydney, Munasib surrounds herself with good art and good curators, a member of local tastemakers Astral People, emerging South Asian collective Kerfew and host of monthly Nomad Radio show, PAIRED, as well as providing mixes for FBi Radio and triple j. Combining baile funk with local hip-hop, alte cruise with amapiano, and traditional Bengali music with experimental trap, Munasib is set to take the stage at Splendour in the Grass and Sydney Opera House, all in the next few months.
Regularly sharing the stage with musician friends and collaborators including Milan Ring, IJALE and Bodega Collective, Munasib has a curatorial ear for just about everything. Each smoothly unpredictable transition reflects multiplicity and a journey through the cultural abundance that makes up Munasib.