We all remember our 20th birthdays (or do we?). They’re always a grand affair, filled with enough debauchery and guava cruisers to last us until kingdom come (or maybe that’s just us). But Aussie music festivals take it to another level, pulling acts from all across the world to celebrate their special days’. With Field Day recently celebrating its 18th birthday with some of the most loved Hip Hop and EDM artists doing it right now, there’s no doubt Splendour is gonna go all out for its 20th.
We’ve studied past lineups, analysed tour schedules, and most importantly, stalked instagrams.
We think we’ve got the drop on who could be playing Splendour this year. Check it below.
It just wouldn’t be right if ol’ mate Flume didn’t come back for the 20th bash you know? Killing the Mix Up Stage in 2013 in one of his first proper music festivals, we’ve literally watched the young EDM superstar from the Northern Beaches grow up through the years, smashing out sets at Splendour as well as Coachella, Burning Man, and Lollapalooza. What better way to celebrate 20 years than recruiting one of our very own? He’s playing FVDED In The Park on July 10th, which gives him exactly two weeks to chill out a bit before Splendy. Looks like the stars are aligning folks.
The Texan native needs no introduction but he gets one anyway. A modern day pioneer of the Hip Hop genre, La Flame has well and truly made his mark with albums like Rodeo, Birds In The Trap and Astroworld. He’s got the live performances to match too, with sets at festivals like Reading + Leeds and Rolling Loud being everything you could want from a Travis Scott set and more. He’s playing Coachella this year but so far has no plans for July. We can certainly help you out Trav, just come on down to Byron and blow our minds into the next dimension.
It’s safe to say the nation has fallen in love with the Kiwi superstar over the past couple years, with her bubbly personality and infectious hits captivating all who turn her way. She hasn’t played Splendour yet, but with her recent sets at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and Spilt Milk absolutely going off, it’s more than fair to say BENEE has earned her way onto the Splendour lineup. No matter how many times we see her live, it’s never enough, and we can’t wait for her to come down under again.
An all time rock band whose influence has been felt ever since their debut studio album Cheshire Cat was released in 1995, Blink-182 have helped define the stratosphere of rock and punk. With their high energy live shows, hard hitting lyrical content and overall rowdiness, the group have truly helped pave the way for countless bands doing it now. They’re playing a show in London a week and a bit before Splendour, so it’s definitely possible they could swing past Byron for a quick set (and hopefully a national tour).
We’re huge fans of Yeezy in the LWA offices, and we have no doubt that if the Hip Hop pioneer came down under for Splendy, all hell would break loose in the best possible way. Having already played Splendour in 2011, West would be a welcome return for Hip Hop lovers all across the nation. With endless hits, innovative stage production and enough stage rants to last us all three days of Splendour, the Chicago native would be truly unforgettable live.
The NYC dream pop extraordinaire is a true queen of hearts, with her soulful and gut wrenching lyrics resonating with music lovers across the globe. She’s got mad classic albums under her belt as well, with albums like Born To Die and Lust For Life being revered all across the world. With her new album While Hot Forever slated for a 2020 release, Lana would bring a soulful sophistication to Splendour that only she could bring.
The Aussie EDM trio are an absolute staple in the festival scene, combining psychedelic visuals with mind bending tunes that’ll have you dancing all night. Setting the Ampitheatre stage on fire in 2018 on Splendy day three, we know Pnau would have no problems bringing the heat to Byron. It’s only been two years since they played, but let’s be real, Pnau at Splendour would be unreal and one to remember.
Playing Splendour two years ago when she only had two songs out, Melbourne superstar G-Flip has truly come into her own over the past year, releasing the critically acclaimed About Us and scoring sixth in the Hottest 100 for her soulful bop ‘Drink Too Much’. An absolute favourite amongst Aussie punters, the multi-instrumentalist superstar has truly captured Australia’s heart. And besides all of the above, it would just be so dope to see G-Flip take to the Splendour stage in 2020, but this time with an album full of hits under her belt as well as the love of all the nation.
One of the greatest house acts to ever grace a stage, the English EDM duo have electrified crowds across the world for years on end. With their masterful and exhilarating production, there’s no denying that Disclosure would hands down be one of the funnest and grooviest sets of the three day bash. All we ask boys is that you play ‘White Noise’, ‘Latch’, ‘Magnets’, and ‘Omens’ amongst your many other hits. So far they don’t have any concerts scheduled for July, so it’s very possible they could make an appearance in Byron. Fingers crossed hey?
Okay, okay, hear us out. The Biebs has come a long way since pissing in buckets and egging cars. Being a newly married man and rocking an odder moustache than Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs Of New York, he’s a real grown up now. And let’s be honest here, the new R&B joints he’s been releasing in the past couple weeks have been straight fire. With tracks like ‘Yummy’ (An office favourite) and ‘Intentions’ absolutely killing it lately, there’s no doubt the new album will be overflowing with those one of a kind JB bangers. And tell me I’m crazy, but hits like ‘Baby’ and ‘Sorry’ would absolutely go off at Splendy, and if you don’t think so, you obviously don’t have Bieber fever.
As you can tell we’re just a bit keen for Splendour’s 20th bash, and if the mega festival managed to snag even half of these acts, there’s no doubt the three day party would be an absolute time and a half. I’m not sure how much longer we can wait for the line up, but at this point, it looks like it won’t be too much longer until the Splendour gods let us know what they’ve been cookin’.