The Evolution of Splendour in the Grass

Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and CVURCHES among the headline acts, source: Triple J

Australia’s world renowned festival Splendour in the Grass recently announced its lineup and it is dynamite!

Kendrick Lamar is the obvious headliner – the winner of Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2017 is currently at the top of his music game. New Zealand native Lorde returns for her second performance at Splendour, “Last time was my first big festival show…I feel like it will be a way to bring it full circle and we have such a beautiful show for this record” Lorde told Ben & Liam on Triple J Breakfast.

Other international acts include Vampire Weekend, Khalid, Chvrches, The Wombats, Miguel, Superorganism, Yungblud, Franz Ferdinand and MGMT.

Leading the Australian pack are Gang of Youths, Hilltop Hoods, Amy Shark, DMA’S, Angus & Julia Stone, Methyl Ethel, PNAU, Cub Sport, The Jungle Giants, Ball Park Music, Ocean Alley, Hockey Dad, Safia, Touch Sensitive, Alex Lahey and Jack River.

Source: Savannah Van Der Niet

Unfortunately numerous international artists means a higher ticket price and since most of the headliners are not performing side shows, the event will no doubt sell out in a matter of minutes. At $400 per ticket, it is a mighty high price for students. 

Splendour in the Grass has new owners, Secret Sounds sold its managing shares to Live Nation, an American events promoter. However, Secret Sounds CEOs Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco said “our ethos and concepts will remain as they always have – to bring the best artists and experiences from around Australia and overseas to our events.” 

Of the 101 acts announced on the lineup, 43 contain members who identify as female, a 31% increase in female artists compared to last year. Former Splendour co-producer Jessica Ducrou released a statement when issues around female representation at festivals occurred. She said they had a “very conscious and strong agenda to book female talent,” however it wasn’t always available at headline level.

Source: AAA Backstage

This years music lineup is quite mainstream, with many high profile artists that are played on Nova100 and FoxFm. Americanisation could possibly be taking place, however festival organisers insist they will keep the Australian flair to the festival. Live Nation said they hope to “curate the lineups that fans love, while also experimenting with new and exciting ways for fans to experience live music.”

Splendour in the Grass will continue to take place at its home in the North Byron Parklands from July 20-22nd. 

So who’s skipping university and selling their soul to go?


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