Splendour in the Grass 2012 – Not So Splendid?
The wait is over…
The Splendour in the Grass line-up for 2012 was announced less than an hour ago, and I must say – I’m not that impressed. It’s not that the line-up is bad, exactly, it’s just a little underwhelming.
I’m excited to see Jack White at the top of the list. Somehow I’ve not yet seen him live, and I think it’s time to make that happen. While I won’t be attending the festival, his sideshow is certainly a must-see. Other enticing big names are The Shins [who haven’t been to Australia in five years] and Smashing Pumpkins [whose older stuff I adore, although I’m not too keen on their more recent material]. The Kooks absolutely rocked at Falls, so it’s great to see them back again so soon. Recently reformed At the Drive In should also put on a pretty decent show.
Bloc Party are coming back [yawn], as are Beth Ditto’s Gossip [they only have one good song – why do they still exist?]. Plastic-faced Lana Del Rey will hopefully not cancel this appearance – considering all those fans who bought tickets to see her at the Toff in Town earlier this year [although I’m not sure I’d see her if you paid me]. Hilltop Hoods continue to get more attention than they deserve, but considering that they’re the only Aussie hip-hop group that I don’t completely hate, I don’t mind seeing them around.
Speaking of local acts, I don’t think anyone is shocked to see woman-of-the-moment Kimbra on the list. Tame Impala‘s new stuff is pretty good, and I absolutely cannot wait to see Ladyhawke live. Also, don’t write off Missy Higgins too soon – she played a surprising early evening set at Falls, and was charming. I’m a little surprised to see Spiderbait on the list, as I thought they broke up several years ago. Obviously I was wrong. Ball Park Music put on an excellent show at the Corner over the weekend [part of their sell-out national tour], so it’s great to see that they’ve been added to the festival circuit.
Lots of people seem to love Miike Snow, so they’ll be happy. Metric managed to put a song on the Twilight soundtrack and not lose any credibility, which is quite a feat. It’s good to see Lanie Lane and Big Scary doing the rounds [they’ve both been everywhere, recently]. And Django Django are lovely and Scottish [and according to Wikipedia, their name “has absolutely nothing to do with Django Reinhardt”, which is odd].
So, who else?
Dirty Three, 360, Azealia Banks, Explosions In The Sky, The Afghan Whigs, Wolfmother, Mudhoney, Band Of Skulls, Gypsy & The Cat, San Cisco, Last Dinosaurs, Electric Guest, Muscles, Angus Stone, DZ Deathrays, Howler, Fun., Michael Kiwanuka, Seekae, Friends, Yacht Club DJs, Bertie Blackman, Jinja Safari, Blue King Brown, Youth Lagoon, Pond, The Beautiful Girls, Tijuana Cartel, The Rubens, Ben Howard, Bleeding Knees Club, Zulu Winter, The Medics, Shihad, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Husky, Kate Miller-Heidke, Father John Misty, Emma Louise, Chet Faker, Here We Go Magic, Parachute Youth, Mosman Alder, The Cast Of Cheers, Wolf & Cub, Gossling.