It is hands down my favourite festival of the year, and now the first lineup for the 9th edition of the Splendour Bender Weekender is up. It’s good. Not great. (Two of the headliners have already visited our shores once in the past six months.) And selfishly, I’m kind of glad, since I can’t go this year. Sigh.
Delighting your eyes and ears (and nose and mouth, ew) in Byron come July will be:
The Flaming Lips – Always good when your sanity levels begin to reach ‘normal’
Jane’s Addiction – Original lineup. Maybe some fighting? One can only hope.
The Specials – Shit yeah!
Hilltop Hoods – It’s a festival, of course they are
Friendly Fires – I’ll be sideshowing this one, fo sho.
Birds of Tokyo
The Gutter Twins
Manchester Orchestra – Ridiculous. Ridiculously sick!
Yves Klein Blue
The Middle East
Tickets go on sale at nine o’clock on the dot (I’m in my drop top cruisin’ the streets) on May 14, through what is definitely one of the most frustrating ticketing websites to have ever existed, Q Jump. I suppose they’re slightly better than the Oztix Debacle of 2007. Remember these guys?
Sat July 25th and Sunday July 26th Belongil Fields, Byron Bay