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The Splendour In The Grass 2018 Line-Up Has Landed

All your faves are heading to Byron.

Hold onto your butts, everyone: the Splendour 2018 line-up has finally landed, and it’s big. 

Lorde, Vampire Weekend, and Kendrick Lamar have been locked in as the major headliners for the three-day festival, while acts such as Khalid, Miguel, and Chvrches, and Girl Talk will also be making the trip to Byron.

A stack of other internationals are on the bill as well, including Franz Ferdinand, MGMT, and Ben Howard, while locals like Gang of Youths, Pnau, and Amy Shark will also deliver sets.

Surprisingly, Arctic Monkeys are noticeably absent on the line-up, despite being widely tipped to appear. Check out the full line-up below.

The Splendour announcement comes at a time when the Australian music industry is grappling with issues of diversity and representation on festival line-ups. Earlier this year Falls Festival was widely criticised for only featuring nine women on their 2017/2018 line-up, and were publicly called out by one of those acts — Melbourne’s Camp Cope — while they were on stage in Byron.

The organisers behind Falls Festival and Splendour — Secret Sounds — released a statement last month addressing gender representation on their line-ups, more specifically taking issue with triple j’s By The Numbers survey, which found that Falls and Splendour had the lowest percentage of female and non-binary acts among the major Australian festivals.

Secret Sounds thoroughly criticised triple j’s methodology within the report, and argued that it doesn’t take into account touring musicians, or singers that feature within another act’s set (such as AlunaGeorge jumping on stage with Peking Duk for one song.)

At a glance, the Splendour 2018 line-up is tracking much along the same lines as previous line-ups, with only three female or female-featuring acts in the first three tiers on the line-up.

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.

Splendour 2018 Line-Up

Kendrick Lamar
Lorde (only AUS show)
Vampire Weekend (only AUS show)
Khalid (only AUS show)
The Wombats
Hilltop Hoods
Chvrches
Miguel
Girl Talk (only AUS show)
Angus & Julia Stone
Gang of Youths
Franz Ferdinand
MGMT
Ben Howard
Dune Rats & Friends
James Bay
PNAU
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
The Avalanches DJ set
Chromeo
DMA’S
Ball Park Music
Henry Rollins (only AUS show)
SAFIA
The Jungle Giants
Lil Xan
Methyl Ethel
Amy Shark
The Bronx
Ocean Alley
Carmada (L D R U & Yahtzel)
DZ Deathrays
Lord Huron
Middle Kids
Hockey Dad
Towkio
Cub Sport
Touch Sensitive
Sampa The Great
Dean Lewis
Skegss
Albert Hammond Jr
Mallrat
Marmozets
Alex Lahey
Riton & Kah-Lo
Jack River
Superorganism
Anna Lunoe
Lewis
Capaldi
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Alex The Astronaut
Yungblud
Crooked Colours
Nina Las Vegas
Soccer Mommy (only AUS show)
Elderbrook
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Tim Sweeney
Stella Donnelly
Bully
Baker Boy
Wafia
No Mono
Waax
Angie McMahon
West Thebarton
Eves Karydas
G Flip
The Babe Rainbow
Haiku Hands
Didirri
Alice Ivy
Amyl & The Sniffers
Ziggy Ramo
Fantastic Man
Lo’99
Human Movement
Manu Crook$
Kasbo
Madam X
Andras
Alta
Ara Koufax
Two People
B Wise
Made In Paris
Jensen Interceptor
Woodes
Teischa
Antony & Cleopatra
Muto
Elk Road
triple j Unearthed winners

Plus…

Mike Gurrieri
Love Deluxe
Lauren Hansom
Poolclvb
Godlands
Nyxen
Emma Stevenson
Ebony Boadu

Photo Credit: Jack Toohey/inthemix