Splendour in the Grass Lineup 2013

It’s that time of the year again, when the rumour mongering comes to an end and all is revealed. Yes, the Splendour in the Grass lineup has been announced.

First impressions: there’s no real, spectacular drawcard here. Certainly, Frank Ocean is exciting, but where’s, I dunno, Blur? When your top headliner is … eh … Mumford and Sons, you’re not blowing anyone socks off.

However this is a deep lineup. While Splendour 2013 might not have a truly amazing name at the top of its list, there are a lot of great live acts. Bands/artists I’d love to see, in rough order:

  • TV on the Radio
  • Frank Ocean
  • James Blake
  • Polyphonic Spree (performing Rocky Horror Picture Show!)
  • Wavves
  • The National
  • Palma Violets
  • You Am I
  • Babyshambles

I won’t be able to see all of them (because, unfortunately, teachers can’t just take weekdays off), but these groups and plenty more will likely get me purchasing a ticket. One – minor – complaint is that many of the acts on the lineup have been in Australia recently in the last couple of years (many for Harvest or Laneway); some more bands Australia hasn’t seen in years would have upped the excitement factor for me.

One thought on “Splendour in the Grass Lineup 2013

  1. I’ve been thinking about it, and while at first I was all “where’s the big headliner??”, I remembered how I felt after the Kanye/Coldplay year, and was kinda sick of Splendour feeling like it had to be the biggest and best festival with massive name headliners. I first loved Splendour because it had great across the board lineups, and I really think they needed to scale back on the massive name acts and get some smaller quality instead.

    So I’m psyched to see:
    Polyphonic Spree take on Rocky Horror
    James Blake again (hopefully with a crowd there less for big dupstep drops like last time)
    if Palma Violets are as good live as I’m hoping
    You Am I play their classic albums in full,
    … and heaps of great middling/smaller bands I probably wouldn’t dish out for alone (ugh at gig prices these days) but still want to check out.

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