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!)
- The National
- Palma Violets
- You Am I
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.