Our Picks – Splendour – Part 1

Splendour in the Grass, the opportunity to escape what you know, and enter another world. Freeing yourself from all inhibitions and living in the present for three days of bliss with friends, laughs and unforgettable times.

It’s only 17 sleeps away, and the excitement for Splendour in the Grass 2011 is building! This will be my second Splendour and although the line-up has been debatable, it will prove to be amazing none-the-less. Apart from headliners Kanye West, Coldplay and cult-classic Jane’s Addiction, there are bands and artists alike that are sure to blow you away just as much with their hard hitting or chilled out festival beats.

Let’s take a look at my top ten picks for Splendour in the Grass 2011!

10: Kele

The lead singer from Bloc Party blew audiences away at Parklife 2010. No doubt he will do it again, hopefully playing more of his older sound (the BP days).

9: Cut Off Your Hands

Reigning from the shores of New Zealand, indie-pop band Cut Off Your Hands will be sure to melt hearts with their hit tunes such as ‘Oh Girl’.


PNAU, Sydney duo who spilled onto the scene successfully and with an arguably even more successful side project of Empire of The Sun. With electronic pop influences, the duo had an apprenticeship under a perhaps questionable musician, Elton John, who then later signed the boys after listening to their self-titled album. With plans to release their new album, Soft Universe, a week prior to their Splendour in the Grass 2011 show, PNAU only plan a select few shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle so be sure to catch them in the festival spirit at their Woodfordia digs.

7: Noah and the Whale

“L.I.F.E. G.O.E.S. O.N., you got more than money and sense my friend”. If you do not see Noah and the Whale at Splendour 2011, you have no sense. Hailing from England, this indie-folk five piece are definitely ones to watch.

6: The Vines

Australian alternative-rock Gods, originating from Sydney and although having changed their name countless times, The Vines are here to stay. With the recent release of their new album, Future Primitive, the band promises a bigger and better show than their packed main stage gig at Splendour in the Grass 2010.


Be sure to stay tuned for the second part of this Splendour feature for my top FIVE acts that are a must see at Splendour in the Grass 2011!

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