We’ve just rolled on into April, which now means that the lineup for Australia’s biggest music festival, Splendour In The Grass, is very much upon us. After the likes of King Kendrick Lamar, Love Club Leader Lorde and everyone’s indie bffs Vampire Weekend headlining the coveted festival last year, we’ve been itching to see who’s following in their footsteps. With the official lineup dropping this Wednesday, April 3, at 8AM on Triple J with Ben & Liam – we seriously can’t wait any longer, and have already had way too much time to pull together links and hope that a crystal ball will show our SITG future.
One thing that gives us a clear indication as to who will possibly be making their way to Byron Bay in July are the artists confirmed to appear at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan; a festival that’s known for sharing acts between each other has some pretty big names included on their bill. With just days to go until the full lineup is released, here’s a few acts we think we’ll be seeing make their way to Splendour this year.
Back making new music and being named as one of the headliners for Coachella this year, it looks like Kevin Parker is going to be having a pretty jam-packed 2019. With no dates scheduled around July, it looks like the Perth band could very well be making an appearance as one of the headliners for this year’s festival.
Parker and his boys have a history of playing Splendour when an album is on the way – performing in 2012 on the eve of their Lonerism release and in 2015 before the launch of their ARIA award-winning and Grammy nominated album Currents.
A man who’s also no stranger to Splendour In The Grass is the incredibly talented James Blake. After dropping his fourth studio album Assume Form in January this year, Blake has been touring the album across Europe and North America and has also now been announced to appear at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival, and again with no others dates locked in around Splendour – we’re pretty sure he’ll making his way down to croon the Byron crowd for a third time.
Ever since we saw the ASTROWORLD head planted on Sydney Harbour and the advertisement trucks spotted around Melbourne, we’ve been jumping in excitement at the possible fact that Travis Scott will be making his appearance at Splendour In The Grass this year. His album ASTROWORLD made waves in Australia and despite touring the album in North America earlier this year, there’s been no dates locked in around July. We can only hope he’ll stay for a full AUStroworld tour, too (please).
Janelle Monáe’s debut Australian appearance was meant to take place way back in 2014, but due to illness Monae had to cancel and hasn’t returned to Australia since. Now the 33-year-old has been riding the wave of her Grammy nominated album Dirty Computer, which features wavy tracks such as Django Jane and Pynk. Having been announced to perform at Fuji Rock Festival too, there’s a strong indication that we’ll finally get to see Miss Monáe at Splendour.
It’s been a while since the Canadian DJ/Producer has been to Australia, specifically a couple of FOMO Festivals ago. His last album 99.9% dropped back in 2016 which featured tracks including LITES SPOTS and YOU’RE THE ONE. Despite there being no rumours of a new album coming out soon, Kaytranada has been also been announced to perform at Fuji Rock and if that means he’s coming Splendour, then we definitely won’t be complaining.
All in all, this is just a batch of speculation and no matter what the official lineup dishes out for us, we’re sure it’s going to get us all talking. If you’re lucky enough to be going this year, the dates for the festival are spread across the 19th, 20th and 21st of July 2019 in the North Byron Parklands.
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