Splendour In The Grass announce enormous 2018 line up

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From Ben Harper to Henry Rollins, there’s a lot to digest here…

The 18th annual Splendour In The Grass festival happens at the North Byron Parklands this July. The line up has landed and, as always, it’s a monster.

Let’s get into it.

The top line has some heavy-hitters who will probably divide opinion. Big names Kendrick Lamar and Lorde are geniuses, but polarising. The anthemic indie of Gang Of Youths will no doubt provoke some stirring singalongs in that big amphitheatre, as will the sleek modern R&B of Miguel and Khalid.

If you want more on the big headliners that the kids are gonna go nuts for, our friends at triple j have you covered.

But you don’t need to go too far down the list to find favourites that those of us with a few years under our belt remember fondly and still love dearly.

 

We’re talking preppy indie-pop dynamos Vampire Weekend who released their game changing debut a whole damn decade ago. We’re talking delightful Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand, who delivered a solid new record earlier this year. We’re talking electro weirdos MGMT, whose brilliant debut is also ten bloody years old now. We’re talking perennial blues and roots hero Ben Harper, who’ll perform with 74-year-old blues harp legend Charlie Musselwhite.

Then there’s the always stunning Angus & Julia Stone, electro stalwarts PNAU, comeback kings The Avalanches (DJ set only, but still good!), former Black Flag frontman turned expensive car spokesman (and former Double J Artist in Residence) Henry Rollins, punk rock party-starters The Bronx, atmospheric indie master Ben Howard, mash-up king Girl Talk, The Strokes’ guitar hero and solid solo artist in his own right Albert Hammond Jr and sleek electro-funk bros Chromeo.

 

A cavalcade of newer Double J favourites are also on the bill. This includes the best rapper in the country Sampa The Great, the most affable and stunningly-voiced Didirri, indie-rock torchbearers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, stirring American indie folk outfit Lord Huron, and superstars in the making Middle Kids.

And, of course, there are some smaller names that we think you absolutely must check out. Those include locals like Ara Koufax, Amyl & the Sniffers, ALTA, Teischa and Haiku Hands, and internationals like Bully, Soccer Mommy and New York disco king Tim Sweeney.

Here’s the line up:

Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Vampire Weekend, Khalid, The Wombats, Hilltop Hoods, Chvrches, Miguel, Girl Talk, Angus & Julia Stone, Gang of Youths, Franz Ferdinand, MGMT, Ben Howard, Dune Rats & Friends, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, PNAU, James Bay, The Avalanches (DJ Set), Chromeo, DMA'S, Ball Park Music, Henry Rollins, Safia, The Jungle Giants, Lil Xan, Methyl Ethel, Amy Shark, The Bronx, Ocean Alley, Carmada by LDRU & Yahtzel, DZ Deathrays, Lord Huron, Middle Kids, Hockey Dad, Towkio, Cub Sport, Touch Sensitive, Sampa The Great, Dean Lewis, Skegss, Albert Hammond Jr, Mallrat, Marmozets, Alex Lahey, Riton & Kah-Lo, Jack River, Superorganism, Anna Lunoe, Lewis Capaldi, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Alex The Astronaut, Yungblud, Crooked Colours, Nina Las Vegas, Soccer Mommy, Elderbrook, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Tim Sweeney, Stella Donnelly, Bully, Baker Boy, Wafia, No Mono, WAAX, Angie McMahon, West Thebarton, Eves Karydas, G Flip, The Babe Rainbow, Haiku Hands, Didirri, Alice Ivy, Amyl & the Sniffers, Ziggy Ramo, Fantastic Man, LO'99, Human Movement, Manu Crook$, Kasbo, Madam X, Andras, ALTA, Ara Koufax, Two People, B Wise, Made in Paris, Jensen Interceptor, Woodes, Teischa, Antony & Cleoptara, MUTO, Elk Road, Mike Gurrieri, Love Deluxe, Lauren Hansom, Poolclvb, Godlands, Nyxen, Emma Stevenson, Ebony Boadu

Splendour In The Grass takes place at the North Byron Parklands from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 July.

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