Splendour in the Grass 2015 is home to a plethora of rich international and home grown talent. Kicking off with a pre-game warm up on the Thursday, the festival will officially run for 3 days from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th of July in the heart of Byron Bay. Splendour is renowned for its iconic line-ups. With more than 100+ artists performing in 2015 there is a lot to process. For this reason we highly recommend you learn the playing times to prioritize your choicest picks. Keeping this in mind we have created the top 5 acts you must catch at Splendour in the Grass 2015 to ensure you maximize your experience.
#1 Dads -
Baring a weighted appreciation for homegrown Aussie talent, it’s difficult to look past #1 Dads. Formed as a side project of Tom Scary (Big Scary’s Tom Iansek), the group have stated that Splendour in the Grass 2015 and their supporting side shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth will be the last of their performances as #1 Dad. Extra sideshows were added to their final “putting the project to rest” tour, with the impact of popular demand from their latest LP release titled About Face in July 2014. #1 Dads have an effortless sensibility that is gently caressed by strong, authentic vocals. This was showcased during a hauntingly beautiful cover of FKA Twigs’ “Two Weeks” in the Triple J’s Like a Version studios. Their indie presence will be joined by other alternative Australian acts such as Ziggy Alberts, Dune Rats and Xavier Rudd. These acts are set to exceed expectations as they perform in front of familiar crowds as they hold a home court advantage.
UV Boi -
18-year-old Brisbane producer UV Boi is an up-and-coming artist who is a must see at Splendour 2015. UV Boi’s electronic/hip-hop style is peppered with his iconic iPhone tone samples. By making reference to the next wave of digital sound, UV Boi’s trappy, base filled soundscape gels perfectly within the all-encompassing range that is Splendour in the Grass. His ultraviolet presence and mesmerizing stage graphics will be debuted in his inaugural tour this July. Gaining intensity and momentum online, with fans such as Ryan Hemsworth, Nina Las Vegas and the Sad Boys crew, UV Boi is just entering the beginning of a very big career.
The chill vibes SITG has to offer -
Splendour in the Grass is one of Australia's biggest music festivals with around 12 stages. The festival creates a diverse, vibrant atmosphere offering far more than just the element of music. This kaleidoscopic fair includes Splendour Arts, illustrating live art, dance, sculpture, installation and performance works throughout the festival. It also includes Splendour in the craft, Yoga and Dance workshops, drumming circles, market stalls and the highly anticipated comedy shows. Featuring well-known Triple J personalities such as Matt and Alex, Veronica and Lewis, Gen Fricker and Michael Hing, the comedy shows are set to draw crowds.
Self-taught producer Porter Robinson is no stranger to the Australian stage. This forward thinking electronic producer has received many number one singles across different electronic genres. He produced an EP titled Spitfire in 2011 and a studio album titled Worlds more recently in 2014. Winning MTVu’s Artist of the Year 2015, Porter Robinson is definitely an act to catch. He’ll be spinning his set at the Mix Up Stage on Day 1, where you will experience the energy and heat that manifest from his feel good tracks. Each colourful track produced by Porter Robinson epitomizes his progressive journey. Wave Racer and Midnight Cosmos are set to support Porter Robinson during his SITG sideshows and are predicted to generate a hive of liveliness and vim. There is no doubt that Porter Robinson’s unique sound will be complemented by his extensive light show for his first ever appearance at Splendour in the Grass.
The Wombats -
Indie rock British band, The Wombats will be returning to the Splendour stage for the second time after their debut appearance in 2008. From their earliest studio album A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperations in 2007 to their most recent album Glitterbug in 2015, the Liverpool boys have managed to maintain an unwavering standard of quality in their poetic yet hearty rock. Their refreshing lyrics take an alternate outlook on the whims of romance and enlighten us to the joys of youth. The Wombats are one of the biggest international acts that will be playing at SITG. Their more recent tracks Greek Tragedy and Emoticons are set to go off at the Amphitheatre on Saturday night.
Written by Otara Ath