13 local dance stars you can’t miss at Splendour

It’s just a few days until Splendour in the Grass kicks off for 2016 and you’d best believe we’re counting down. There’s no chance you’ve forgotten about that headline appearance from Flume, the live return of the Avalanches, or sets from the likes of Duke Dumont, What So Not and Golden Features, who we started getting excited about back when the bill was announced. But they aren’t the only dance stars you need to see this year in Byron – in fact, we’ve picked out 13 more locals you’d be be mad to miss this year at Splendour. Here they are.

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The Meeting Tree

If you enjoyed their work in r u a cop?, the definitive guide to “real DJing”, their take down of gronks or that time they tore into Chet Faker at the ARIAs, we’re sorry to tell you: Splendour in the Grass will be The Meeting Tree’s last ever show. They’ve put their split down to “legal reasons,” and while we might not know WTF that means, we do know that the final bow from the self-appointed “Godfathers of ADM” will be lot of fun and hopefully a little bit inflammatory.

Be there: Saturday / 3:30-4:00pm / Mix-Up Stage

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Mall Grab

Australian dance music isn’t all synths and sunny vibes – just ask Mall Grab. The Newcastle-bred producer has been making some of the best low-slung beats of the past year (we dubbed his track I’ve Always Liked Grime one of 2015’s best, and his 2016 output is just as good) and now he’s ready to show them off on the Splendour stage.

Be there: Friday / 5:55-7:00pm / Tiny Dancer Stage

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Photo credit: Anthony Berlangeri/@bellnjerry


Netherlands born, Australian raised Wafia has been turning heads since the release of EP XXIX, which spawned the big single Heartburn. She’s signed to tastemaker label Future Classic, currently collaborating with Ta-ku, has slipped into high triple j rotation, and is apparently beloved by Pharrell Williams. TL;DR – she’s going to be a big deal, so this is a set to catch before she blows up. According to her Twitter feed, she’s currently preparing some new eye popping visuals for the occasion.

Be there: Sunday / 6.00 – 6.55 pm / Tiny Dancer Stage

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Hayden James

Hayden James sure knows how to craft a hit. First there was Permission to Love, then Something About You and now the brand new release Just A Lover, all of which have done big things for the Sydney’s production titan. We hope to hear all three tracks – plus his remix of Duke Dumont’s Ocean Drive – in rapid succession at Splendour, please.

Be there: Friday / 5.30-6.30pm / Mix Up Stage

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Jess Kent

There’s a hell of a lot of buzz around Jess Kent right now, and with good reason. She’s the UK-born, Sydney-raised artist who bolted out of the gate with single Get Down – you might have heard it if you’ve been near a radio in the last six months – and then collaborated with Paces on 1993 (No Chill). She’s already got a rep’ for a killer live show, even though she only made her live debut at Field Day this year.

Be there: Sunday / 12.15 – 1.00pm / Mix Up Stage

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There’s a reason why the lead single from Swick’s new EP is called Energy – this is forward-thinking club music at its finest, full of pinballing synths and relentlessly fizzy bleeps and bloops. If you’re after a set so fun and frenetic it makes your limbs blur, Swick’s the one for you.

Be there: Friday /5.00- 5.30pm / Mix Up Stage

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Running Touch

If you have a soft spot for moody, emotive dance tunes with a funk kick, get around Running Touch. We named him one of the locals who’ll rule 2016 and at the midway point, the Melbourne producer is delivering on that promise with tunes like Courtesy Of and the brand new Levitate. Like Zhu, but better.

Be there: Saturday / 3.00-5.00pm / Tiny Dancer Stage


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