I am not going to Splendour in the Grass. I am not going to Splendour in the Grass. I am not going to Splendour in the Grass. I am not going to Splendour in the Grass. I am not going to Splendour in the Grass.
The Splendour line-up has been revealed, and it’s pretty damn good. Highlights include The Strokes, Pixies, Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine, Frightened Rabbit, Ash, Ben Harper & the Relentless 7, We Are Scientists and many more. If I could possibly afford it, I’d be there. But I can’t, and it’s not the end of the world. Remember: there are sideshows.
I’ve already got my Strokes sideshow ticket, and I’ve already seen Florence & Frightened Rabbit this year. If their sideshows don’t clash, I’ll probably see them again. My next priority in the world of sideshows is Ash, provided they promise to play “Girl From Mars” and “Burn Baby Burn”.
Because so many great bands will be here at the same time, it’s possible that some of the smaller acts will end up supporting the bigger ones at the sideshows – around the time of last year’s V Festival, I saw the Kaiser Chiefs supported by Razorlight [and Oh Mercy]. You also get to experience a different kind of festival – you don’t get to go away and camp, but in the space of a week you find yourself out at shows almost every single night. In 2008 I saw The Wombats, The Fratellis and Cold War Kids over four days [which, combined with uni and work, kept me quite busy].
While listening to Triple J this morning as they play songs by all the acts announced for Splendour, I am still a bit jealous of those people who will get to experience this pretty stellar line-up. But I will survive, and I’ll still get to see The Strokes.