Tomorrow, Splendour in the Grass will drop their 2017 line-up. While there’s been the usual flurry of rumours and suspect tour dates floating around, we’re still mostly in the dark as to who will be performing.
So who can you expect to see this July in Byron Bay? We’ve got a couple of ideas – read on to find out who just might be repping dance music at Splendour ’17 and head back here tomorrow morning for the official reveal.
After years away, electronic legend Aphex Twin is well and truly back on the festival circuit. He’s already locked in Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, Ireland’s Forbidden Fruit, London’s Field Day and Japan’s Fuji Rock (which takes place a week after Splendour) for 2017. Given that Fuji Rock has a long history of sharing drawcard acts with SITG, there’s a good chance he could make an appearance. But then again, Richard D. James has never been predictable.
It’s not entirely out of the question that James Murphy and co. could appear at Splendour. They’re playing Pitchfork Music festival in Chicago the week before SITG, and Fuji Rock festival in Japan the week after – so perhaps a quick getaway to Byron is just what they need. It would certainly fill the Australia-sized hole in their current list of festival commitments. We live in hope.
While we’d love to hear tracks like Cold Water, Lean On and Get Free light up the Amphitheatre, it’s not going to happen in 2017. The trio have already pencilled in a performance in Las Vegas that weekend, so a Splendour set is pretty much out the question. Maybe next year?
Speaking with triple j just before the release of their latest record I See You, the UK trio heavily hinted/pretty much confirmed there was an Australian tour in the works. They’re playing a heap of major festivals in the Northern hemisphere over the coming months – but there’s a notable Splendour-sized hole in their schedule. They’re also playing Fuji Rock festival in Japan the week after SITG, which is another big hint.
There are two concrete reasons why the L.A. based producer will appear at Splendour. One, he’s deep in touring mode due to the recent release of his sixth studio album Migration, and two: he just announced a show at Auckland’s Town Hall on July 27, only a few days after Splendour wraps up. He’s definitely not coming all this way for one show, so expect to see him in Byron Bay.
There’s no question that Gorillaz will be in high demand this year. They’ve just announced the release date of their long-awaited album Humanz, the follow-up to 2011’s The Fall. They also revealed the first of what will hopefully be a stack of tour dates, playing their own ‘Demon Dayz’ festival in England on June 10. So far, no other dates have been announced, meaning that a Splendour appearance isn’t out of the question.
Sydney’s What So Not has a busy few months ahead, with an appearance at Coachella and shows with Flosstradamus and RL Grime across North America locked in. Thankfully, he doesn’t seem to have any plans for late July yet, indicating that the Splendour favourite could definitely make a return to the Mix Up stage this year – the scene of some of his best sets.
Long a festival favourite, Alison Wonderland probably won’t be making a return to Byron this year. She’s slammed with tour dates in North America right up to July, when she’ll duck across to Europe to play a slew of festival dates before heading back to the U.S. We’d like to think she has time to catch a flight down here, but we’re not holding our breath.
Bjork is definitely no stranger to our shores – she was here last year to play Sydney’s VIVID – but odds are we won’t see her in Byron Bay this year. She’s already locked in to headline Friday night at Los Angeles’ FYF Festival, which takes place on the same weekend at Splendour. So unless she can turn around from that Friday gig in the U.S. to play Splendour on the Sunday night, it’s unlikely we’ll catch the Icelandic icon out our way.
Already well-known thanks to guest spots with SBTRKT and Drake, Sampha solidified his reputation with the release of his stunning debut album Process. He’s going to be in Australia in late May for a headlining VIVID show, but there’s no reason he won’t return for a Splendour spot as well. Given that he’s supporting The xx on their run around North America, it doesn’t seem out of the question that he’ll join them in Australia as well.