The official 2019 Splendour In The Grass sideshows have been announced.
Update - 17 April, 2019: Due to overwhelming demand, James Blake has announced a second Melbourne date (Forum on 20 July), after selling out the original date in less than 24 hours.
Splendour has already sold out for another year but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on seeing your favourite acts.
Every year the festival brings out a dazzling array of sideshows for a few sweet weeks across Australian venues, and 2019 promises to be no different.
Get ready to jump behind your telescope and prepare for an influx of international asteroids. Here we go!
with special guests Warpaint
Foals will arrive in Australia in the midst of a creative frenzy which has been responsible for the creation of not one but two albums. 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)' was released in March and 'Part 2' will be put out later this year. Support for these dates will come courtesy of indie rockers Warpaint.
Mon 15 July – Margaret Court Arena (Melbourne) Wed 17 July – Hordern Pavilion (Sydney)
Catfish And The Bottlemen
UK rockers Catfish And The Bottlemen return to their second home, bringing with them a brand-new album slated for release in late April. 'The Balance' will be their third release.
Mon 22 July – Hordern Pavilion (Sydney) Thu 25 July – Margaret Court Arena (Melbourne) Sun 28 July – HBF Stadium (Perth)
James Blake brings the success of the strongest record of his career in 'Assume Form'. James has hit his straps musically and personally, and it's the beating heart ensconced within the tracks on 'Assume Form' that will make these shows special.
Fri 19 July - Forum Melbourne - sold out Sat 20 July - Forum Melbourne* added 17 April Wed 24 July - Enmore Theatre (Sydney)
with special guests The Avalanches (Melbourne)
After retiring The Streets in 2011 following six studio albums and countless unforgettable singles, Mike Skinner will play massive sideshows in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, where it all started. The Avalanches will grace the Festival Hall stage for lucky Melbourne fans.
Tue 16 July – Metro City (Perth) Thu 18 July – Festival Hall (Melbourne) Fri 19 July – Enmore Theatre (Sydney)
Scottish indie legends Friendly Fires are back in Aus for the first time in six years. Touring on the back of 'Heaven Let Me In', Ed, Edd and Jack will arrive in Australia at the peak of a career renaissance.
Sun 21 July – 170 Russell (Melbourne) Mon 22 July – Metro Theatre (Sydney)
LA skate-punk heroes FIDLAR will roll into a number of locations for their sideshows, celebrating third album 'Almost Free'. The group keep their tongue firmly in cheek to create a riot of bubblegum riffs and personality.
Fri 12 July – Metropolis (Fremantle) Sun 14 July – Lion Art Factory (Adelaide) Wed 17 July – Croxton Bandroom (Melbourne) Sat 20 July – Cambridge Hotel (Newcastle) Sun 21 July – Metro Theatre (Sydney)
English MC Little Simz will be showing audiences what all the fuss is about. Her third studio album 'GREY Area' was released last year and has received praise worldwide.
Thu 18 July – Factory Theatre (Sydney) Sun 21 July – Corner Hotel (Melbourne)
London-based duo Maribou State will hop off the Splendour tour bus for two huge shows. Beginning life as in-demand remixers, Chris Davids and Liam Ivory dedicate their work ethic to touring and recording.
Wed 17 July – Sydney Opera House Thu 18 July – Forum (Melbourne)
Tycho has spent the last 15 years perfecting rich, vocal-based electronica. Known to his friends as Scott Hansen, Tycho is also adept in photography and design but truly excels in the realm of music. He was nominated for a Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.
Tue 23 July – Forum (Melbourne) Wed 24 July – Sydney Opera House
If you distilled California into soundwaves and vibrations, it might resemble the work of Los Angeles quintet Local Natives. They've progressed their sound over four full-length albums, most recently 'Violet Street', an ode to LA and the spirit of the city.
Fri 19 July – Oxford Art Factory (Sydney) Sat 20 July – The Espy (Melbourne)
Returning after leaving us all in his wake last year, English boy genius Sam Fender will perform just before the release of his debut record. Sam takes his lyrical cues from the likes of Billy Bragg and Paul Weller.
Tue 23 July – Corner Hotel (Melbourne) Wed 24 July – Oxford Art Factory (Sydney)
English duo HONNE are a warm blend of addictive electronica and lush harmony. Their first two records 'Warm On A Cold Night' and 'Love Me / Love Me Not' took them to festivals around the UK and Europe. They'll be at the peak of their powers.
Fri 19 July – Corner Hotel (Melbourne) Sat 20 July – Factory Theatre (Sydney)
British singer-songwriter Jackb Banks will unleash his talents in Sydney and Melbourne. Having recently released his debut album 'The Village', this soulful miracle-maker has taken in millions of streams, talk show and festival appearances.
Sun 21 July – Oxford Art Factory (Sydney) Mon 22 July – Corner Hotel (Melbourne)
The Nude Party
In the vein of The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, and The Strokes, North Carolina natives The Nude Party will bring their effortless guitar pop to intimate venues in Melbourne and Sydney.
Thu 18 July – The Curtin (Melbourne) Fri 19 July – The Lansdowne (Sydney)
A power-pop explosion of melody and youthful urgency, Brooklyn's Charly Bliss continue the New York migration with these sideshows. The three-piece are on the verge of releasing their second record 'Young Enough'.
Fri 19 July – The Curtin (Melbourne) Tue 23 July – The Lansdowne (Sydney)
Brooklyn's Phony Ppl offer a round-the-world adventure on a multi-genre flight. The nine-piece take all they've learned, pop it in a blender and rejoice in what is produced.
Tue 23 July – Northcote Social Club (Melbourne) Wed 24 July – The Lansdowne (Sydney)
Sometimes dark, sometimes sunny, a synth and sax-heavy experience with one foot in the glory days of nostalgia and one in a post-apocalyptic future = The Midnight. They visit Australia for the first time for Splendour and their sideshows.
Wed 17 July – Corner Hotel (Melbourne) Thu 18 July – Oxford Art Factory(Sydney)
General sale for the official Splendour sideshows begins at 9am local time on 16 April.