Last week, Splendour In The Grass announced an impressive lineup for the 2017 edition of the festival. The festival is held in the stunning location of Byron Bay, enhancing the experience of the festival goer. But as always, some of us will miss out on this experience – due to lack of funds or just the mere fact that Byron Bay is miles away. Its because of this that we wait to see if the bands playing Splendour will be so kind as to come and play in our city. Well, the Splendour sideshows announcement was made this morning; and as always there’s good news and bad news, which is dependent on your location. Here’s the low down on who the real winners and losers of the sideshow announcements are.
The first thing that needs to be said – it seems The XX, LCD Soundsystem and Schoolboy Q will unfortunately not be playing any sideshows; keeping their Splendour In The Grass appearance as exclusive as possible (but we’re secretly praying this isn’t the case).
As always, Sydney has received a healthy does of inclusion, and is listed in every sideshow announcement. Apart from HAIM (who’s only sideshow is in Sydney on July 20), every artist who has announced sideshows has included Melbourne in their itinerary. So Melbourne-ites can get excited about the prospects of seeing Queens Of The Stone Age, Sigur Ros, Father John Misty, Bonobo, Asgeir and many more.
While Queens Of The Stone Age, Sigur Ros, and Father John Misty have skipped over Perth, there are still a handful of impressive names that Western Australians can look forward to, including Bonobo at Metro City on Jul 21, Asgeir at The Astor Theatre on July 25, Two Door Cinema Club at Metro City on July 19 and Banks at The Astor Theatre on July 18.
Given Splendour’s close proximity to Brisbane, no sideshows have been announced for the Sunshine State’s capital. But those of you who live in Darwin…have you guys lucked out!
Rock legends Queens Of The Stone Age will play a show in Darwin (a city that international artists tend to completely avoid on tours) on July 16, before doing the rounds in both Sydney (July 19) and Melbourne (July 20). Adelaide has received just a small handful of dates – Real Estate, Bag Raiders, and grime artist Stormzy are the only acts to announce dates in South Australia. Did everyone else just forget you guys are down there, or…?
Obviously, those of you who will be making the jaunt up to Byron Bay for Splendour are the real winners. Sydney and Melbourne have done pretty well, most bands will stop by and play for you all. Perth has done alright, Adelaide not so much. Where does Darwin sit? Well, you guys do have Queens Of The Stone Age to look forward to, which is a huge plus.
Check out the dates below.
Tue 25 Jul – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Thu 27 Jul – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Thu 20 Jul – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Two Door Cinema Club
Wed 19 Jul – Metro City, Perth
Fri 21 Jul – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Tue 25 Jul – Festival Hall, Melbourne
Tue 18 Jul – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Wed 19 Jul – Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Wed 26 Jul – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Fri 28 Jul – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
Fri 21 Jul – Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
Mon 24 Jul – 170 Russell, Melbourne VIC
Sun 23 Jul – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tue 25 Jul – Factory Theatre (all ages)
Thu 20 July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Fri 21 July – Howler, Melbourne
The Lemon Twigs
Sat 22 Jul – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Tue 25 Jul – The Curtin, Melbourne
Fri 21 July – Max Watts – Melbourne
Sat 22 July – Metro Theatre – Sydney (all ages)
Father John Misty
Sun 23 July – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Mon 24 July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Mon 24 July – Metro Theatre – Sydney
Wed 26 July – 170 Russell – Melbourne
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Fri 21 July – Festival Hall, Melbourne
Sun 23 July – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Fri 21 July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Mon 24 July – Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Tue 25 July – Astor Theatre, Perth
Fri 14 July – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Sat 15 July – Fat Controller, Adelaide
Sun 16 July – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Thu 20 July – Villa, Perth
Thu 20 July – Big Top, Sydney
Sat 22 July – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
Sun 23 July – Metro City, Perth
Tue 25 July – Powerstation, Auckland
The below shows aren’t official sideshows, and tickets are available from different promoters. Links are below.
Queens of the Stone Age
Sun 16 July – Convention Centre, Darwin (all ages)
Wed 19 July – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (all ages)
Thu 20 July – Festival Hall, Melbourne (all ages)
Thu 20 July – Metro City, Perth
Fri 21 July – The Gov, Adelaide
Mon 24 July – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Thu 27 July – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Tue 18 July – The Astor Theatre, Perth
Sun 23 July – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tue July 25 – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Fri 21 July – The Forum, Melbourne
Sat 22 July – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Tue 25 July – Metro City, Perth