Purple Sneakers Approved: Splendour In The Grass 2016
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS is back again for another year and another massive bill! Seriously, the line-up is nuts.
We know you’re already keen to check out the likes of The Avalanches, The Cure and Flume (who isn’t?), but here at Purple Sneakers we were stoked to see so many up and coming local acts, friends and tastemaking internationals further down the page.
So setting aside the big must-see names, we’ve taken a look through the deepest, darkest regions of the lineup. And have come up with the contenders we think you should fill your day slots with at Splendour in the Grass 2016, as part of our Purple Sneakers Approved series.
Take some notes and circle these names on the timetable, we’re here to help.
If you haven’t heard of this 23 year old Norwegian prodigy, you’re missing out. Last we heard from Lido he was selling out stadiums, supporting Beyonce, and working with the likes of Banks, Halsey, Disclosure, Chance the Rapper and The Weeknd. Having pulled out of Listen Out 2015, we look forward to what he’s going to bring to SITG.
Kacy Hill is Kanye’s little Arizonian princess. Having signed to GOOD Music in 2014 after being one of Kanye’s back up dancers for the Yeezus tour, there’s no slowing down for Kacy Hill. Her sound is a mix between a beautiful ethereal voice contrasted with some heavy hectic beats. Not one to sleep on, I’d get educated on Kacy Hill real soon.
Melbourne locals Total Giovanni have really made a dent in the local scene. Having played this years Sugar Mountain, their easy listening live discotheque tunes are perfect for a classic Splendour boogie. Earning notoriety from their visually unique and highly energetic live shows Total Giovanni create dance music to enable collective psychic liberation. Definitely one to see if you’ve got your dancing gumboots ready.
You’ve probably heard Sydney sider Ngaiire‘s perfect voice on tracks by Thundamentals, Kilter, and Chet Faker, or from her own hit single ‘Once’. Ngaiire is recognised as one of Australia’s leading future-soul artists. Together, with her band members Jack Brittan and Andrew Bruce, Ngaiire (pronounced Ny-Ree) is ready to bless your eardrums and your dancing feet with an incredible range and beautiful compositions at this years Splendour.
Another Sydney favourite of ours, Dro Carey is perfect for those after hours dance offs. His heavy yet eclectic electronic beats make you want to hit the d-floor for hours on end, and will have you seeing colours. Melbournians, if you want to get a taste of what’s to come you can catch him at Hugs & Kisses along another SITG performer Roland Tings this Friday night.
She’s been all over LA lately recording some new music, but back home, Sydney-sider Nicole Millar and her latest single ‘Tremble’ has been getting hot plays across the J’s, as well as featuring in some massive Spotify/Apple Music playlists – essentially meaning you can’t escape her dark and emotive beats and soulful vocal melodies. A mainstay of killer featuring parts, Splendour will be Millar‘s biggest chance to shine on her own stage to date.
Having recently signed to Future Classic, Sydney’s World Champion are ready to conquer the world. A new power duo, Julian Sudek‘s killer production skills are perfectly contrasted with vocalist Will Campion’s psychedelic sound, and will have you feeling like you’ve transported back to the 70’s.
Sui Zhen is the alias of Melbourne-based artist Becky Sui Zhen. Following her recent electronic experimentation with ethereal techno-pop and minimal down-tempo 808-lead tracks, the new LP marks a return to more traditional vocal-led pop songs. Having defined her genre as ‘dreambeat’, let Sui Zhen take you away.
Melbourne’s own KLLO are a great live act to see. Members Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam work together to bring you captivating and complex beats from the Melbourne club scene and combine them with soothing pop-infused vocals. Having already conquered Let Them Eat Cake, and have inked a deal for mystery release via Ghostly Recordings, Kllo are ready to move up in the Australian scene.
Splendour is loving the Sydney locals this year. Having already secured a spot on this year’s Groovin the Moo line up, Moonbase Commander is perfect for when you’re ready to let loose to some electronic-trap vibes. His strong production means you won’t be able to stop moving during his set, so prepare yourself for this one SITG.
PURPLE SNEAKERS DJs
This one is a bit of cheat, since ya know, IT’S US! But our very own DJ crew will be laying down the classiest dance tunes from now, plus a few classic throwback jams from our club-night days, in between big names in the Mix-Up tent. We highly recommend it, if you need somewhere to warm up.
Acts We’ve Already Approved
Honourable Mentions (acts you should definitely still be checking out)
What So Not
City Calm Down
L D R U
For the full lineup, ticket details and extra info, visit splendourinthegrass.com
Words by Julia Insolia
Photo Credit: Angie Pai