Below the predictable billing of Flume and The Strokes and the other wildcards like Tim Minchin and Midnight Oil, the booking agents for Splendour In The Grass have put some real attention into the detail of the lower-billed acts on the lineup this year. There’s some seriously good ones. We’ve compiled the seven we’re most excited about.
Trio from the US who blew up HORD when Trampoline got synced to an Apple commercial and ZAYN jumped on the remix, which was all over the radio. Will they bring ZAYN to Splendour? Not a chance! Will their dark, moody pop be quite fun live? Absolutely!
We first got fully obsessed with MUNA when their LGBTQ+ safe space anthem I Know A Place resonated the world over in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. Since then, their sharp electropop’s resulted in two albums and zero Australian tours. This one’s probably the most out of the box booking on the Splendour lineup but the one we’re most thankful for. Whoever at Secret Sounds secured this booking, please send us details and we will send you a prize pack.
Last year’s Unearthed High winner is George Alice, a South Australian singer and songwriter and queen of pink hair who only played her first festival a few weeks back at Laneway. And fuck, it went well. Lots of people. Lots of exciting new songs – and this one. By Splendour time I’m positive we’ll have a few more to listen to. She’ll be a real highlight.
One of the UK’s most exciting pop prospects did a one-woman-band set at Glastonbury last year and if that’s anything to go by, she’ll be very fun at Splendour too.
Fucking thank GOD Splendour’s finally booked a solid EDM performer like this. Gryffin is one of the world’s most revered live dance-pop acts – I saw him at Lollapalooza a few years ago before he properly broke and it blew my mind. Gryffin’s not a particularly well known act out here – he’s not a triple j artist nor really a commercial radio one, but those who know, KNOW. The prize for whoever booked MUNA, applicable to this booking too.
SURFACES!!! The beautiful RnB-tinged pop of Texas duo Surfaces will be very good, preferably at sunset, on the Sunday afternoon. This is my only request.
Probably the most deserved Australian billing of the year is the inclusion of Cry Club. The Wollongong duo – with an emerging powerhouse of a frontperson in Heather Riley and go-to producer Jonathon Tooke beside them in a matching and ever evolving outfit – are an electrifying live experience that everyone who’s seen them live can attest to. They will command an early afternoon Ampitheatre set, if Splendour gives them what they deserve.
Aaaaaaaaaand if you haven’t seen the rest of the lineup…
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2020 is happening Friday 24 July, Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July at North Byron Parklands. The tickets are on sale Thu 27 Feb, 9.00am AEDT from moshtix.