Splendour in the Grass won't drip-feed 2012 lineup

Image for Splendour in the Grass won't drip-feed 2012 lineup


Between the line-up rumours, venue changes and general fervour for the 2012 edition of Splendour in the Grass, it feels as though the wait for this year’s proceedings has been a long one. The good news is that we won’t have to hold on much longer, with this year’s lineup announcement due for some time over the next couple of weeks. Better yet, the festival has confirmed that they won’t drip-feed the announcement, instead laying it all on us in one awesome, giant musical dump. Thank fuck for that!

On their Facebook page, Splendour promised that it has no plans to torture fans with a drip-feed announcement. “Haven’t done it in the past, not about to start” came the assurance, before the festival warned fans against being duped by the requisite fake “lineup leaks” that flood the internet at this time of year. “Please wait for the OFFICIAL lineup announcement in a few weeks and don’t take the many unofficial “announcements” and “confirmations” as anything but conjecture and speculation until you get the good word from Splendour itself”.

There’s no word on the exact date of the announcement, though eager fans will note that last year’s lineup was released on April 13; the 2010 bill came on April 15 and in 2009 it landed on April 22. We’d tip the 2012 bill to arrive towards the end of next week.

In the meanwhile, there are a few clues for what the hotly-anticipated bill holds on the dance front. Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival, which falls around the same time as Splendour, usually offers some clues as to what to expect. Among this year’s Fuji Rock bill are Justice, Caribou, Busy P and James Blake, all of whom definitely fit the Splendour atmosphere. Likewise, Splendour also often shares acts with Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival. SBTRKT, Sigur Ros and Passion Pit are confirmed for this year’s Summer Sonic, so we could (fingers crossed) be seeing them at Splendour. Bloc Party and Ladyhawke are also looking very likely.

Splendour in the Grass 2012 will be held at its original home of Belongil Fields in Byron Bay over three days, from Friday July 27 – Sunday July 29.