A guide to Splendour in the Grass

This story first appeared on former NRMA site Live4 on July 24, 2014.

Running from July 25-27, Splendour in the Grass turns 14 this year. And while 2014 has sadly seen the end of some great Australian music festivals – like Harvest, Pyramid Rock and Playground Weekender – and the downsizing of others like the Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass is one of the lucky few that continues to thrive. The festival sold out early on, so if you’re one of the lucky few who snared a ticket, read on to see what’s in store.


This year’s lineup brings together three days of huge acts that cater to all kinds of music lovers.


It’s a heady start to Splendour with huge headliners including hip-hop duo Outkast  (who are heading to Oz for the first time), New York legends Interpol, R&B queen Kelis, Australian EDM giants The Presets (replacing London Grammar) and Childish Gambino (aka rapper/ actor Donald Glover). Plus much-loved Australian talents including Angus and Julia Stone, The Preatures, Spiderbait and the iconic Hoodoo Gurus.


Day two’s acts are no less impressive, including internationals Metronomy, City and Colour and Tune-Yards. Saturday also features a strong local contingent with the likes of RÜFÜS, Art vs Science, The Jezabels, Touch Sensitive, Vance Joy and Sticky Fingers.


The third and final day of the festival is a cracker with plenty of incredible music on offer for punters. Darkside, CHVRCHES, Wild Beasts, First Aid Kit, Parquet Courts, Phantogram, Jungle, Hilltop Hoods, plus UK pop queen Lily Allen and the sunny sounds of California’s Foster the People.


If you find yourself wanting a break from the main stage, there’s plenty of other fun places to explore. Head over to the Global Village for meditation, art classes, workshops, performances, chanting monks, a fireside drum circle and late-night music sessions.

Or for something a little more interactive, the Splendour Forum offers a fantastic live discussion program that brings together accomplished activists, artists, writers, thinkers, politicians and comedians in an array of events including panels, debates, talks and interviews.

Meanwhile, electronic music lovers should pop into the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA). Returning to Splendour for a second year, 2014 sees Peanut Butter Wolf, the US producer/DJ and founder of Stones Throw Records, head it up alongside local talents such as Remi, Roland Tings, Sampology and Cassius Select.

There’s also a heap of art dotted around the parklands – be sure to check out ‘Skywhale’, an immense hot-air balloon work by Patricia Piccinini – and Splendour in the Craft, a crafts zone full of free workshops in which to get creative.


Okay, so you’ve sorted the basics (tickets, a ride and where to stay), but here are three things you may not know – but should – if you’re heading to Splendour this year.

  1. If you’ve got a camping ticket but aren’t really a fan of setting up camp, you can book a stay at one of the festival’s pre-established camps. There’s Tent City Hire (low-key camping where you bring the basics like a sleeping bag), Tepee Village (teepee-style camping with some little extras) and Flash City (camping in fine style).
  2. Know what you can and can’t bring into the festival before you go. The banned items list includes alcohol, glass, umbrellas, video cameras, skateboards, folding chairs and more.
  3. If you’re still keen to go but missed out on tickets, you can try your luck on Splendour’s new RE-SALE facility where you can purchase tickets from people who have tickets but can no longer go.