The weather is getting colder, the scarves and sweaters are coming out, and Splendour in the Grass is drawing ever closer – not that we’re counting the days or anything (56). That means one thing: it’s time to learn which insanely great Australian and international acts will be supporting during the many official Splendour sideshows. Although our sunny state misses out on the shows, as is tradition because we’re lucky enough to be close enough to the North Byron Parklands site to simply road trip it, that doesn’t mean we can’t give these wonderful musicians credit where credit is due. And hey, if for whatever reason you’re missing out on SITG this year (I’m so sorry), maybe you can treat yourself to a little holiday down to Sydney or Melbourne to catch some of these guys? Take one look at this list and try to tell me it’s not worth it. (Hint: you can’t, and it is.)
In some very upsetting but also very unsurprising sideshow news, The Vaccines‘ Melbourne show has sold out in the wake of the release of their third album, English Graffiti. Guess a lot of Victorians are keen to feel some pretty intense feelings over a beer and disaffected rock. Who knew.
2015 SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOW SUPPORT ACTS
This Future Classic wunderkind has been consistently making waves ever since her collaboration with Flume, but it’s the music she’s made on her own that has really solidified her as a formidable producer and singer. Can we take a minute to appreciate how many Australian women are creating fantastic electronic music right now? George Maple is a total pioneer.
These Sydney natives keep it in the family quite literally: chief songwriters Charlie and Chris are married, and they’ve banded together with their siblings (a brother and sister each: Crystal and Kurt from Charlie’s family; Elodie and Alexi from Chris’s) to make warm, kaleidoscopic alt-pop that’ll prove the perfect pre-MS MR experience.
YEARS & YEARS (MELBOURNE SOLD OUT)
You now have Always stuck in your head. I’m not even sorry and you shouldn’t be either because it’s fantastic and Panama are too. If you locked yourself down a ticket to the Years & Years Melbourne sideshow then rejoice, because everyone else in your state misses out. If you’re in NSW then you best get on that train ASAP.
HELL YES. Scungy, rough around the edges Adelaidian alt-rock set against Wolf Alice’s wailing 90s grunge pop? This is a match made in heaven and I feel bad for everyone who doesn’t get to see it unfold.
Harts (Melbourne show)
This guy is a total rock star. Super talented multi-instrumentalist who knows how to write a hook that’ll rip right through you, and can rock a leather jacket to boot. Plus, Prince (yes, THAT Prince) once said he reminds him of himself at that age, so, you know. Do with that what you will.
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders (Sydney show)
Okay, these cool cats are people you need to see live. We reviewed them a few weeks back, and it was such a completely riveting gig that I’ve spent my time since then going on and on about it to anyone who will listen. Get amongst that silky smooth baritone and reverbs. Marvel at how tall Jack (real name Tim Rogers) is. Just go see them.
This is going to be quite a night of excellent Liverpudlian jump-around-pop. Circa Waves are a fairly young band (they formed in 2013) but they’re on their way to bring absolutely massive, and for good reason. We reviewed their debut album, Young Chasers, noting that it’s “bursting with brightness, longing and carefree woo-oohs”. What more could you want?
Another set of English bands together, another perfect match. NME called Palma Violets’ debut album, 180, “one of the best albums of the decade”, so you know their upcoming effort Danger In The Club is gonna be killer. Get ready to get loud and shouty at these sideshows and accidentally spill your drink on your date but barely even care because you’re having too much fun. Check out the video for their single English Tongue here.
Click here to get dates & venues for the sideshows that haven’t sold out yet, because you can bet they will if you wait too long.