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This year's Splendour In The Grass lineup is absolutely heaving with talent, but it's not just about the headliners. We love a new music discovery, so we've picked out a handful of acts worth getting up early for.
With artists like Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Chance The Rapper leading this year’s Splendour In The Grass, it’s easy to understand why the festival is currently the talk of the town.
Here at Ticketmaster, we love a new music discovery, so we’ve taken a deep dive into the lineup to introduce you to some lesser-known (but equally as fabulous) acts who are definitely worth adding to your festival schedule.
We featured these Hobart punks in our New For ’19 list because we knew they’d have a huge 2019, and with their spot on Splendour In The Grass added to a schedule that includes a national tour supporting West Thebarton and a huge UK trip, the next part of the year is looking bright. They’ve spent the last few years blowing crowds around the country away with their fierce, raw, and raucous live show – and having already graced the stages of Falls, Mona Faux Mo, and Bigsound, make sure you check out A Swayze.
Speaking of our New For ’19 predictions, Sydney high-schoolers Erthlings were also on our list. They may be only 16, but they’ve been making music together for half their lives. With only a couple of singles under their belts, they’ve captured the attention of music fans and critics the world over. We are obsessed with their ability to balance a sound that is both entrenched in classic sounds of the past and experimentally forward-thinking. By the time SITG kicks around, they’ll have already played arenas around the country supporting Amy Shark, and we predict they’ll be headlining in no time.
We might stop talking about our New For ’19 alumni soon (though probably not) but we really want you to know about Kwame before he hits up Splendour In The Grass. If you aren’t already acquainted, Western Sydney rapper Kwame is the future king of Australian hip hop. His incredible ability to bend genres and push the boundaries of what hip hop can be has seen him storm through stages around the country and support heavyweights like Skepta and Migos. You might have caught him opening the amphitheatre last year, but if not, now’s your chance.
Brother/sister-duo Lastlings are stacks of fun. The indie-electronic act have been releasing stunning singles (and a couple of EPs) online for the last five years, but after taking a step back so Amy could finish high school, they returned towards the end of 2018 with a bang. After signing to Rüfüs Du Sol’s label Rose Avenue Records, they dropped a gorgeously catchy single Deja Vu. Now they’re heading overseas to play Day Club Palm Springs’ highly sought after Coachella party before they storm through Splendour. See you for a boogie.
Moaning Lisa are an actual gift – their catchy, dreamy, attitude-soaked tunes are top-notch, they are so cool they’ve overtaken Questacon as the best thing to come from Canberra, and their anthem Carrie (I Want A Girl) is equal parts pride anthem, female empowerment banger, and charming gem. We have no doubt that Moaning Lisa are set to be one of the biggest rock acts in Australia so you probably want to get on this train quick smart.
Heading over to the UK for this one, because Sam Fender is an absolute legend. With razor-sharp and socially-aware lyrics and guitar lines that will be stuck in your head for days, it’s no wonder he has caught the world’s attention so quickly. Off the back of his gorgeous Dead Boys EP he scored the BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice for 2019 and has been selling out shows left, right, and centre. He had to postpone his debut Australian visit after Falls Festival clashed with his debut album studio time, and we absolutely can’t wait to see what he has in store for us.
With her perfect blend of electro-pop beats and raw, honest storytelling, it’s no wonder that Thani Phoenix has been touted as one of the future superstars of the Australian pop scene. Her powerful vocals are incredible, which is why she’s been called up by a stack of top-notch artists, and her influences (from UK garage to her South African roots) stretch to all corners of the globe. Her’s is a voice you need to hear live.
Okay, one more band from our New For ’19 stack – this time handpicked by our New Zealand mates. Auckland band The Beths make some of the best, most enjoyable guitar-pop we have heard in years. Bringing together bright pop hooks, pop-punk grit, and indie-rock charm, their debut album Future Me Hates Me is one of our favourite releases of last year. They’ve been touring the world non-stop, so we’re super stoked to have them back on our stages soon. Check ’em out.
Delightfully catchy folk-pop is the flavour of Gamilaraay singer-songwriter Thelma Plum’s music, and we are all about it. Her unique voice and beautiful storytelling carry raw and personal stories of love, growth and everything in between. It was four years between her Monsters EP and her next slice of music, but the three singles since, promise big things for Plum.
Splendour In The Grass goes on sale on Thursday 11 April at 9am. The event will take place at North Byron Parklands from Friday 19 July until Sunday 21 July. Tickets through our mates at Moshtix.