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Splendour In The Grass 2018: Which Day Has The Best Line-Up?

Which day comes out on top?

Splendour in the Grass revealed their 2018 line-up this morning, with Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, and Vampire Weekend locked in as the big three headliners for the Byron fest.

More excitingly, they’ve now dropped the day-by-day line-ups for the festival — so we can get a better idea of just how Splendour 2018 is going to shape up. But of all three days, which line-up comes out on top? Let’s have a gander.

Lorde is handling headline duties on the opening Friday night, with R&B hitmakers Khalid and Miguel scheduled to appear right before her. There’s also a fair whack of rock, including Black Flag veteran Henry Rollins, LA hardcore outfit The Bronx, UK act Marmozets, and local thrash lords DZ Deathrays.

Dance fans won’t be put off either: Touch Sensitive, Nina Las Vegas, Chromeo, LO’99 and Alice Ivy will all be stepping up to the decks on the Mix-Up stage. There’s also some nice hip-hop talent too: Manu Crook$ and Baker Boy will both deliver their sets on Friday.

Saturday is a big one for Aussie acts, with Sydney favourites Gang of Youths set to reprise their phenomenal 2016 performance in the Amphitheatre, and fellow locals Amy Shark, Hilltop Hoods, Alex Lahey, Methyl Ethel, and the Jungle Giants all scheduled to appear. Saturday will also see the first major Australian performance from ‘About You‘ hitmaker G Flip, who’s making her Splendour debut. As for the headliner? It’s New York indie kings Vampire Weekend.

Sunday has Kendrick Lamar stepping onto the Splendour stage for the very first time (it’ll also be Australian audiences will hear DAMN. up close and personal.) His previous support act, Sampa the Great, is also locked down for Sunday — making it a great day out for hip-hop heads. Dance fans will have MGMT, Pnau, and Girl Talk to look forward to, while indie lovers get The Wombats, Ben Howard, Ball Park Music, and Middle Kids.

There’s a huge amount of variety across each day’s line-ups, but we reckon Friday will give you the most bang for your buck. Check out the full day-by-day line-ups below.

Splendour in the Grass will take place at North Byron Parklands from Friday July 20 to Sunday July 22 . Tickets are on sale Thursday April 19 at 9am.

Friday July 20

Lorde
Khalid
Miguel
Angus & Julia Stone
Dune Rats & Friends
Chromeo
DMAs
Henry Rollins
SAFIA
The Bronx
DZ Deathrays
Lord Huron
Cub Sport
Touch Sensitive
Marmozets
Riton & Kah-Lo
Jack River
Nina Las Vegas
Stella Donnelly
Bully
Baker Boy
Wafia
West Thebarton
Didirri
Alice Ivy
LO’99
Human Movement
Manu Crook$
Madam X
Alta
Woodes
Mike Gurrieri
Love Deluxe
Emma Stevenson

Saturday July 21

Vampire Weekend
Hilltop Hoods
Chvrches
Gang of Youths
Franz Ferdinand
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
The Jungle Giants
Lil Xan
Methyl Ethel
Amy Shark
Ocean Alley
Carmada
Alex Lahey
Superorganism
Anna Lunoe
Lewis Capaldi
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Alex The Astronaut
Tim Sweeney
No Mono
Waax
G Flip
The Babe Rainbow
Haiku Hands
Fantastic Man
Andras
Ara Koufax
Two People
Antony Cleopatra
Elk Road
Lauren Hansom
Godlands

Sunday July 22

Kendrick Lamar
The Wombats
Girl Talk
MGMT
Ben Howard
Pnau
James Bay
The Avalanches (DJ set)
Ball Park Music
Middle Kids
Hockey Dad
Towkio
Sampa The Great
Dean Lewis
Skegss
Albert Hammond Jr.
Mallrat
Yung Blud
Crooked Colours
Soccer Mommy
Elderbrook
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Angie McMahon
Eves Karydas
Amyl & the Sniffers
Ziggy Ramo
Kasbo
B Wise
Made In Paris
Jensen Interceptor
Teischa
Muto
Poolclvb
Nyxen
Ebony Boadu

Photo credit: Jack Toohey/inthemix