Splendour In The Grass 2019: Which Day Has The Best Line-Up?
Does Friday, Saturday or Sunday offer more bang for your buck?
Splendour In The Grass’ 2019 line-up dropped this morning, with Tame Impala, Childish Gambino and Chance The Rapper respectively headlining Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
Combing through the 100+ act line-up can be a little overwhelming at the best of times, so we’re breaking down which acts are playing on which days — and determining which one’s your best bet if you can only make it for one night.
Friday starts off Splendour fairly eclectic, which makes sense when you finish up with pysch-rock. Before Tame Impala headline, British rock favourites Foals and electro-R&B hero Santigold will play just before.
It’s a solid day for punk fans thanks to Warpaint, Fidlar and Slaves, and for pop-aficionados, too. Kiwi siblings Broods will bring their electro-pop to the main-stage, while local heroes Hatchie, Odette, Meg Mac, Winston Surfshirt and Thelma Plum all offer their distinct cross-genre bops.
It’s a big day for dance fans too. The Mix-Up Tent line-up is a solid mix of Australian favourites — Hayden James, Andy Garvey, Body Promise, electro-industral pop-star Rebel Yell — and rising international acts, like Berlin wunderkind Natahn Micay and Seb Wildblood.
Saturday might be headlined by Childish Gambino, but it’s really rock’s day.
On the Australian front, we’ve got Courtney Barnett and Pond in the later end of the day, but we’d strongly advise catching the arvo sets from Ruby Fields and Canberra’s shoe-gaze fourpiece Moaning Lisa.
Or if you’re into things on the heavier side, there’s Dear Seattle and Tropical Fuck Storm, too. And who might that ‘mystery Oz act’ be?
Internationally, Saturday’s got quite a few UK imports: returning are Splendour favourites Catfish And The Bottleman and The Streets, who haven’t been seen in Australia since 2010. Friendly Fires and Wolf Alice add more guitars to the fire, while criminally underrated rapper Little Simz will be one not to miss.
As for Sunday, we’ve got a stack of huge international names. Chance The Rapper is headlining off the back of his long-awaited debut album, while SZA returns to Australia after playing FOMO at the start of 2018.
Post-dubstep singer James Blake will bring wub-wubs to the cold night air at The Ampitheatre, just after The Lumineers make you cry. Between Blake, The Lumineers and Matt Corby, Sunday might just be the night of angelic voices.
Meanwhile, the Mix-Up tent has a solid line-up that may prove hard to leave. Cosmo’s Midnight, Set Mo and Detroit legend Kyle Hall will warm things up before What So Not headlined, proving why he was trusted to finish off Coachella last year.
Where does that leave us? It’s a tough one, but we might have to give it to Friday: it creeps just ahead of Sunday due to its solid mix of genres and international/local talent, spread out across the day.
Splendour In The Grass 2019 will take place at North Byron Parklands from Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July. Tickets on sale from Thursday 11 April, 9am AEST. Find the full day-by-day line-up below.
Friday July 19
A. Swayze And The Ghosts
Skin On Skin
Triple J Unearthed Friday
Saturday July 20
Catfish And The Bottleman
Mystery Oz Act
Allday & Friends
Tropical Fuck Storm
Harvey Sutherland (DJ Set)
The Nude Party
Noise In My Head
Triple J Unearthed Saturday
Sunday July 21
Chance The Rapper
What So Not
The Teskey Brothers
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Close Encounters (DJ Set)