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11 local dance stars you can’t miss at Splendour

It’s only six weeks until Splendour in the Grass kicks off for 2015 and you’d best believe we’re counting down. Because as big as this year’s bill is – hello, Mark Ronson, Porter Robinson, Blur and Tame Impala – there’s just as many homegrown reasons to be excited. Don’t believe us? Here’s eleven local dance stars we’re tipping to steal the show at this year’s SITG (and yes, we’re taking big dogs Flight Facilities as a given).


Carmada

If you go see Carmada at Splendour, be warned: you should probably wear a shirt you don’t care about too much, and maybe take a towel to wipe off the sweat after: according to reports, L D R U and Yahtzel’s recent national round of sold-out live shows featured everything from crowd surfing and confetti cannons to death circles. In other words, a Carmada show comes hand-in-hand with more adrenalin than a dozen back-to-back screenings of Point Break.

The song that will rule the set: L D R U and Yahtzel devised the Carmada project at Splendour last year, so it will be a very special moment when the pair drop their biggest hit Maybe back where it all began.


George Maple

If you were lucky enough to catch the official live stream of What So Not’s set at Coachella earlier this year, in which George Maple came out to own the stage for two songs (including their collab’ Gemini) then you can stop reading right now – you don’t need us to tell you why you need to see her live at Splendour. For everyone else, trust us when we say that Maple has onstage gravitas you can’t peel your eyes away from, and breathy live vocals that sit somewhere in the intoxicating range between soprano and sultry: there’s a reason why Future Classic snapped her up.

The song that will rule the set: Talk Talk, the Flume-produced breakthrough that makes for a very good sing-a-long.


UV boi

Could UV boi be the most likeable man in local dance music? Judge for yourself when the Brisbane-via-Sudan producer ticks Splendour off his bucket list to a crowd of adoring believers (trust us, they’ll be there). The 19-year-old fast-riser – real name Emmanuel John – delivers one of the funnest shows we’ve seen, dancing around stage, putting his trap arms up, dropping bombs and even managing to pause for mid-set selfies with fans during his time under the lights. Doesn’t hurt that the tracks are great, either.

The song that will rule the set: One of the killer remixes for Banks, Chingy or Tkay Maidza.


Alison Wonderland

It’s been a heady rise for Alison Wonderland from playing the in-between sets on the Mix-Up Stage at Splendour 2013 to being a veritable headliner with her own swag of original material for this year’s festival. And there’s never been a better time to see the Sydney prodigy live: her debut album Run has been killing it worldwide, and she’s only recently returned from conquering the USA to play her second sold-out series of warehouse shows around the country…trust us when we say that her set is going to get rowdy.

The song that will rule the set: Watch the walls melt when Wonderland drops her huge single U Don’t Know.

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