By hmcclure | July 25th, 2012
Held between July 27-29, Australia’s premier festival Splendour in the Grass will be returning to its spiritual home this year. After two years at the (much larger) Woodfordia Grounds in Queensland, 2012 will see the Winter Festival back at Belongil Fields, just out of the tourist haven of Byron Bay. The festival organizers are still working on another development, purpose-built for Splendour in the Grass, but this won’t be ready till next year.
It’s not only the venue which has been altered, with this year’s line-up returning to a more “Splendour appropriate” look. Last year, the decision to include acts like Coldplay and Kanye West was met with mixed reviews, and the festival failed to sell-out – unheard of for the hugely popular three-day event. This year, the event sold out in less than an hour. The return to Byron and smaller capacity played a telling factor, but the line-up is stellar.
Always a great mix of international and home-grown talent, this year’s list of international acts are as varied as they are brilliant – with anticipation heavy for performances from the likes of Jack White, Smashing Pumpkins, Lana Del Rey, and Azealia Banks. Here’s my top ten.