Splendour In The Grass has announced playing times for this years event, and with a lineup so international, numerous, local and essentially, colossal; clashes are to naturally be expected. But even so, many of this year’s clashes are still strange. This year, the organisers of Australia’s largest music festival have placed acts with similar fan bases(both past and present), and even similarly orchestrated comebacks, at the same time on different stages. Below are the timetables for each day of the festival – all with their most bummer clashes:
Thursday, July 24th:
None. DJ Spex has a clean sweep.
Friday, July 25th:
Outkast and Angus & Julia Stone – The most highly anticipated international comeback of 2014 must contend with the sort of inevitable comeback of Australia’s favourite on-again, off-again folk duo Angus & Julia Stone. The choice is real: a window to the soul of a 16 year old in 2010, or ‘Roses’.
Kelis, Saskwatch, and Remi – Like, seriously?? Are they trying to limit the funk?
The Preatures and The Kite String Tangle – While they aren’t THAT similar, people who like one seem to like the other. So while coming from Melbourne or Sydney may enable you to see either act around their home city independently of Splendour, those who aren’t will have to miss one.
Saturday, July 26th:
Vance Joy and City and Colour – You can’t just throw a festival with Vance Joy AND City and Colour and expect people to be cool with having to choose which of the two they miss three songs by. That’s right – there is a FIFTEEN MINUTE clash. Walking between both stages might even equate to missing a FOURTH song, too. I don’t even want to joke about ‘Riptide’ being pulled out towards the start of Joy’s set. Refunds central.
The Jezabels and Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose wisely between two of Australia’s fiercest front women.
Andras Fox and Rüfüs – So I presume that if you’re that into either of these acts, missing Vance Joy won’t entirely obliterate your festival experience (I presume). However, this is a shitty clash nonetheless.
Metronomy and Tune-Yards – These two sets run entirely simultaneously. What I find interesting is that those who already know and love Metronomy would likely be at least curious to catch Tune-Yards; not so similar musically, but similar in a classy indie way. And thus, boo.
Sunday, July 27th:
Lily Allen and Darkside – THE NERVE. Darkside fans had better hope that Lily Allen gets her new material (lol) out of the way by 11:30 pm, because otherwise they’ll be denied the nostalgic pleasure of witnessing the bitchiest hits of the naughties. I don’t care who you are, what music you like or how far past pop music you’ve passed (I mean, Darkside) – we are ALL curious and just a little bit pissed about this.
Courtney Barnett, Illy and Grouplove – FUCK THIS. Kidding -it’s perfect. Touché Splendour.
Happy planning, everyone!