With a plethora of both fresh and favourite artist about to splendourise our airwaves and headspaces, let’s focus on what the ladies have to bring to the musical table this upcoming Splendour in the Grass.
Friday 27 July
Kelis: her milkshakes will be bringing all the boys (and gals for that matter) to the yard this Splendour, so be sure to make a date with this Grammy nominated, sassy r&b and hip hop operator, who’s just dropped her sixth album.
Tkay Maidza: you may know this rapidly rising Adelaide rapper for her track Brontosaurus, which stomped all before it on the local hip hop landscape late last year.
Saturday 28 July
Tuneyards: the brain child of one Merril Garbus, tUnE-yArDs, (as she likes to spell it) is a one woman wonder of loop pedals, ukelele and snare drum, bashing out some of the most astonishingly unique sounds to be heard in a long time. Her third album Nikki Nak has just hit, so be sure to check out just why The Arcade Fire chose her to support them on their recent Reflektor tour.
Sky Ferreira: one of the hottest ‘bright young things’ of the music world, Venice Beach synth-pop starlet Sky Ferreira is set to take things up a notch on the back of the rapturous response she received earlier this year when she impressed all and sundry at a sold out and much talked-about Sydney show.
Gossling: having recently delivered her debut record Harvest Of Gold and currently on tour with Vance Joy, Melbourne enchantress Gossling will no doubt bring the wow-factor to Splendour with her gorgeous song craft, which channels artists of the ilk of Goldfrapp and Metronomy.
Little May: sassy 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.
Sunday 29 July
Lilly Allen: having turned heads on her debut Splendour appearance back in 2007, sassy mega-star Lilly Allen returns to the fold this year to headline the coveted Sunday slot of this year’s festival. She’ll no doubt have a bag of killer tracks from her new record Sheebus to wow the masses who will no want see out the festival with her…
First Aid Kit: be sure to make a festival date with the Soderberg sisters Johanna and Klara, outta Sweden, when they let their charming, retro-folk influenced sounds waft across Splendour.
Courtney Barnett: make no bones about it, Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is a uniquely talented gal who is rapidly going places. Fresh from supporting Bill Bragg on his recent Australian tour, she’s already appeared on a swathe of big festival bills and has recently sold 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. Wildcard for festival highlight…
Nina Las Vegas: Having played on the bill of Pharrell William’s most recent Australian tour, Sydney DJ and producer Nina Las Vegas is probably best known for her long time gig as regular host of Triple J’s House Party. Be sure get into the groove as she pumps out her renowned dance mash-ups!
KLP: KLP, aka Sydney singer and producer Kristy Lee Peters, was recently anointed by Aussie dance music bible inthemix as one of the 10 Local Producers You Need To Hear. The new host of Triple J’s House Party is going places fast, so get along and say you were there from the start…
With honourable mentions to the following acts, all of which feature at least one female within their ranks: Buraka Som Sistema, Spiderbait, Angus and Julia Stone, Ball Park Music, The Preatures, Saskwatch, The Head and the Heart, The Jezabels, Chvrches, Grouplove, Phantogram and Broods.
If you haven’t already got a Splendour ticket bad luck. This popular event was sold out within hours of going on sale. You can get details on side-shows and fawn over the program anyway though: splendourinthegrass.com.