Splendour under the radar

In issue nine of Blank we shone a spotlight on the gals set to light Splendour up in 2014. So now it’s time to cast a keen eye across a few of the non-headlining acts on the bill, to help you unearth those hidden musical gems scattered amongst the bulging Splendiferous line-up.


Friday 25 July

The Strypes: bursting out of the pubs and music halls of Ireland, although barely old enough to raise a tipple, these prodigiously talented young sixties throwbacks peddle a highly authentic strain of garage-raw rhythm and blues. Get along and see why musical luminaries such as Paul Weller and Jeff Beck are shouting their praises.


Saskwatch: (pictured above)electrifying Melbourne nine piece who’ve lit up stages from Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival through to coveted support slots for Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble just to name a few. These sassy operators are sure to move and groove the masses on the back of their latest record Nose Dive.

DMA’s: (feature image above) this talented and much lauded Newcastle three piece have been making epic waves across the blogosphere with their Britpop channeling smarts. Their self titled debut EP has recently garnered much acclaim via Aussie independent record label I Oh You, also home to Violent Soho and DZ Deathrays. Be sure to check out what all the fuss is about!

Saturday 26 July

Circa Waves: brash young Liverpudlians Circa Waves have experienced a meteorically giddy rise to acclaim in their homeland, recently headlining a full-scale UK tour as well as hitting the road with fellow Splendour big-fish Interpol. With a swag of shiny new indie pop/rock anthems ready to foist upon us, they’re sure to be winning over plenty of new converts this coming Splendour. Fans of The Vaccines, The Strokes and The Libertines take note…

Little May: spunky Sydney three piece Little May look like breaking out big in 2014! The Triple J endorsed act, who list The National and Local Natives as influences, have been winning over converts at a rapid rate on the back of an appearance at the Sydney leg of the Laneway Festival, as well as delivering the goods on their own successful East Coast tour.

Future Islands: Baltimore synth-poppers who’ve released material on esteemed indie labels such as Thrill Jockey and 4AD. With prestigious recent slots at the South By South West and Coachella festivals, this is a band whose star is very much on the ascension.  Not to mention a much talked about appearance earlier this year on David Letterman, where the uniquely charismatic stage persona and gutsy vocals of singer Samuel T Herring got plenty of tongues wagging in awe. Future Islands are a sure thing to capture attention and win over hearts and ears this coming Splendour!


Sunday 27th

Wild Beasts: having been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for their 2009 album Two Dancers, UK indie dandies Wild Beasts return to our shores on the back of their fourth record Present Tense to deliver some eccentricity and panache to the Splendour proceedings.

Parquet Courts: having wowed all and sundry on their first Australian tour earlier this year, New York based Texans Parquet Courts are set to once again slay with an edgy wallop of driving, garagey post-punk framed with their distinctively biting, sing-speak ruminations.  Fans of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and classic indie-rock take note…


Courtney Barnett: (pictured above) make no bones about it, Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is a uniquely talented artist who is rapidly going places. Fresh from supporting Billy Bragg on his recent Australian tour, she’s already appeared on a swathe of big festival bills and has been selling out shows in New York and the UK. The idiosyncratic slacker-songstress crafts uniquely enlightening portrayals of urban mundanity, delivered in her distinctive Aussie tones.

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