The countdown to Splendour in the Grass 2017 has begun with some of the world’s best bands set to blaze across four stages at North Byron Parklands, writes Georgina Bible.
The stars have aligned for Splendour in the Grass Music & Arts Festival. Organisers have dropped possibly the best line-up since 2010, featuring a blockbuster cast of rock royalty, electro pioneers and hip hop innovators.
Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Royal Blood, Sigur Rós, HAIM, Two Door Cinema Club and Father John Misty lead a stellar international cast. Two Splendour 2017 exclusives: ScHoolboy Q and Future Islands will feature in their only Australian shows.
On the Australian front, Bernard Fanning, Peking Duk, Pond, The Smith Street Band, Cut Copy, Bag Raiders and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are set to perform.
In all, over 100 acts will perform over three days across the Amphitheatre, GW McLennan tent, Mix Up and Tiny Dancer stages.
Tickets to the festival sold-out within an hour of going on sale this week. Splendour co-producers, Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco, were thrilled by the response but were quick to show their love for locals who had been devastated by the recent floods that hit the region.
“Once again we have been overwhelmed by your love and enthusiasm for Splendour. We can’t wait to bring you another awesome show,” they said. “Our thoughts are with all those in our local Northern NSW community that have been devastated by floods over the past week. We will be announcing a fundraising initiative soon to assist with the recovery. In the meantime, we’re sending you all our love.”
For those that missed out on tickets, Moshtix provides a resale facility that will be available from Monday, May 8.
But Splendour isn’t only about great music. Splendour in the Grass will also play host to an innovative arts and cultural program that will showcase some of the best arts practitioners from Australia and around the world. The 2017 program will once again transform North Byron Parklands into a contemporary outdoor art space, featuring live art, happening performances, installations and more.
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2017
Friday 21 July, Saturday 22 July and Sunday 23 July
North Byron Parklands
Tweed Valley Way, Wooyung (15 mins north of Byron Bay)
THE XX • QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE • LCD SOUNDSYSTEM • ROYAL BLOOD • HAIM • SIGUR RÓS • SCHOOLBOY Q (ONLY AUS SHOW) • VANCE JOY • TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB • PEKING DUK • RL GRIME • BONOBO • FATHER JOHN MISTY • CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN • TASH SULTANA • PAUL KELLY • STORMZY • KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD • GEORGE EZRA • FUTURE ISLANDS (ONLY AUS SHOW) • BANKS • BERNARD FANNING • DUNE RATS • CUT COPY • ÁSGIER • ALLDAY • MEG MAC • RAG‘N’BONE MAN • THUNDAMENTALS • LIL YACHTY • SAN CISCO • CLIENT LIAISON • REAL ESTATE • DAN SULTAN • VALLIS ALPS • D.D DUMBO • MAGGIE ROGERS • TOVE LO • POND • BIG SCARY • THE SMITH STREET BAND • OH WONDER • A.B. ORIGINAL • DOPE LEMON • THE KITE STRING TANGLE • YOUNG FRANCO • JULIA JACKLIN • KINGSWOOD • AMY SHARK • LUCA BRASI • THE LEMON TWIGS • VERA BLUE • SLUMBERJACK • BAD//DREEMS • BAG RAIDERS • TOPAZ JONES • MIDDLE KIDS • OCEAN GROVE • CONFIDENCE MAN • BISHOP BRIGGS • LATE NITE TUFF GUY • JULIEN BAKER • KILTER • LANY • HOCKEY DAD • KIRIN J CALLINAN • AIRLING • COSMO’S MIDNIGHT • GRETTA RAY • MOONBASE • THE PEEP TEMPEL • TORNADO WALLACE • THE MURLOCS • MALLRAT • LUKE MILLION • THE WILSON PICKERS • ROMARE • JARROW • GOOD BOY • KUREN • ONEMAN • WINSTON SURFSHIRT • SET MO • HWLS • HARVEY SUTHERLAND & BERMUDA • CC:DISCO! • ENSCHWAY • DJHMC • NITE FLEIT • ALICE IVY • WILLOW BEATS • WILLARIS. K • MOOKHI • TRIPLE J UNEARTHED: WINNERS PLUS… SWINDAIL • DENA AMY • ANDY GARVEY • PLANÈTE • SAM WESTON • SUPER CRUEL • CHRISTOPHER PORT • LEWIS CANCUT • KINDER