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Here’s Who Could Be Headlining Splendour In 2020

Splendour's line-up is dropping earlier than usual next year - and we have some ideas about who's gonna be on it.

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Sure, it feels like like Splendour in the Grass 2019 wrapped like, two days ago, but time moves fast and July 2020 will be on us before we know it.

In fact, Splendour in the Grass 2020 feels more immediate than ever, thanks to the fact that next year’s line-up is being announced a lot earlier than previous years. Yup, we’re gonna find out which bands are going to be taking to the stage from July 24 through July 26 some time in the new year.

You know what that means: it’s rampant speculation time!

We’ve scoured the internet for clues, compared tour diaries, gazed earnestly into a crystal ball, and made our best guesses which bands will be playing Splendour in the Grass 2020.


Rage Against The Machine

Listen, this one’s as much wishful thinking as anything else. The recently reformed band have only a few tour dates listed on their 2020 calendar, so although there’s no clash, there’s a lot of empty space that makes the idea of a trip Down Under fairly improbable. They have a lot of other countries to hit up before they necessarily have to cater for us — even their American tour is pretty limited in terms of pit stops.

But hey, they’re a big act that love Australia, so there’s at least a glimmer of hope that our hearts will be mended after the catastrophe of that fake Splendour in the Grass announce.

Prediction: We Live In Hope.


Tame Impala

Tame Impala will wrap up their London shows in May, leaving them with a spare two months to get ready for Splendour. And hey, the band are hometown heroes — it’d make sense that one of the biggest Australian acts in the world would headline one of the biggest Australian festivals. We made Tame Impala what they are today, and the band haven’t forgotten that by any stretch.

They have a habit of dropping by Splendour to debut their new records, and they’ll have one of those early next year. That said, they did headline last year, so this one might not come to pass again.

Prediction: Maybeeeee


Thom Yorke

People have been putting Radiohead in lists like this for literal years now. But there’s a reason why the band keep popping up in the Splendour conversation — Australians love ’em.

So, wouldn’t it be a coup if the band’s headliner, Thom Yorke, made his way down here to promote his newest record ANIMA? Sure, it’d be something of a plot twist, but every festival on the planet is looking for a way to increase social media chatter, and nabbing Yorke rather than the band that he leads would be exactly that.

Oh, and though Yorke touring throughout much of next year, there’s a big old gap right around mid-July that makes this one feel like a little more than a hunch.

Prediction: I Mean, Perhaps


Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell tour wraps up around the beginning of June, giving her plenty of time to recoup before headlining Splendour 2020 — at least, that’s what we hope.

After all, Del Rey makes her way to our part of the world far too infrequently, and Australian audiences have yet to be treated to the soothing sounds of her latest masterpiece. Oh, and her previous tours Down Under have always sold out lickety-split, making this one financially viable for everyone involved.

Please, Lana. We need this.

Prediction: Pipe Dream


Cardi B

Cardi B never toured ‘Press’, her newest single, around Australia, making Splendour 2020 a perfect time for her to show off her newest banger. It’s true that no record has currently been announced, but it seems inevitable that rap’s freshest voice will drop something in 2020, dovetailing neatly into a headline spot at one of Australia’s biggest festivals.

Sure, having a baby slowed down her touring schedule a little, but Kulture should absolutely come Down Under with her rap superstar mum. The people demand it.

Prediction: Left Field


Travis Scott

In this day and age, it’s hip-hop that rules the airwaves, making it pretty likely that the Splendour In The Grass 2020 headliner will be a rap superstar. And who’s bigger in rap right now than Travis Scott? ‘Sicko Mode’ has been one of the most important songs in the world ever since it first dropped, a perfect midpoint between camp excess and pure, stripped-down meanness.

Scott has London dates running all the way till the beginning of July, meaning that there’s some legs to this gossip. Could 2020 finally be the year we get Scott at Splendour? Let’s hope so.

Prediction: Likely


Nick Cave

Nick Cave hasn’t yet announced an Australian tour for his newest record, the soft and beautiful Ghosteen. And sure, while that album doesn’t necessarily work for a festival audience — imagine a crowd of tipsy punters bumping and grinding to ‘Spinning Song’ — the man is a celebrated and incendiary live performer.

Add to that the fact that Splendour organisers always love having an Australian leading the Australian festival, and this one feels like it might be on the cards. The only question is whether Cave himself would go for such a slot — and that’s a big question.

Prediction: A Possibility


Photo Credit: Travis Scott via Wikimedia Creative Commons Licence 2.5, Lana Del Rey: Supplied