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5 Aussie Acts That Killed Splendour And Are About To Take Off

Huge underrated vibes.

Splendour 2019 has wrapped up for another stellar year. I sure am nursing an achy head and my body feels like it’s been sent into a little green cider-induced coma, but I’d do it all over again without question. Just whisper the sweet sound of ‘Smirnoff tent’ and I’m OMW to Byron.

This year saw the drop of an enormous lineup, which wasn’t in the least surprising since this is arguably down under’s biggest and most worldly renowned music event, period. 

But whilst this year was an amalgamation of some of the world’s biggest names, *ahem* Childish Gambino, Splendour is also a springboard for Aussie talent that crowds ought to know about. Between venturing to the big name headliners, we gladly stumble upon some up and comers we don’t know too much about – but are drawn to stay, boogie and look up on Spotify once the party’s well and truly over.

#1 Dear Seattle

From humble beginnings in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Dear Seattle are your trademark punk-rock chill band but with authentically different stage presence – setting them apart from any others. They’re fast amassing a huge following, particularly from their 2018 album Don’t Let Go which easily cracked the top 10 Aria Charts.

Dear Seattle are one to watch for the next year, with bets they’ll be turning it up at Splendour a little later into the evening as their following undoubtedly grows. Also worth a listen is their Like a Version cover, The Special Two – who woulda known that track had the punk vibes in it. Keep ya eyes peeled, m8s.

#2 The Teskey Brothers

Oh, per-LEASE, all hail the blues. Although they’ve accrued a decently sized following already, these two brothers from Melbourne’s inner city brought a kind of melting pot of soul, blues and kicker vocals to Splendour’s lineup this year.

Combined with Jacob Banks, who if I’m totally honest served up a pretty half-hearted set (highly disappointed), this year’s lineup still served up some verrrry modern bluesy vibes. John and Sam Teskey are certainly a force to keep on your radar for the coming year. They’re a musical gem that are certainly making their mark in an emerging genre.


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Reunion at @splendourinthegrass last night. What a ripper. Great to be back home.

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#3 Thandi Phoenix

From Sydney’s Newtown, 25 year old Thandi Phoenix brings an authentic amalgamation of electronic vibes with incredible vocals. Having collabed with some pretty established artists in the industry, including Sigma for ‘Say it’, Thandi is certainly someone you ought to be keeping a close eye on over the next year. She also emanates such effortless style that her whole presence is such an energy. Aaaaand hailed a ‘top 5 Splendour act’…ugh, Thandi is big vibes.


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Top 5!!! I’m not squealing you are 😆❤️🤩🥰🙌🏽😭 Thank you @triple_j pic Laura Connelly

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#4 Lastlings

Brother-sister team, Lastlings are your quintessential electro-pop duo that have firmly cemented themselves a place in Australia’s emerging muso scene. Josh and Amy Dowdle already have a slew of singles under their belts, all of which are gaining more and more of a cult following as they make stellar appearances like this year’s unmissable Splendour set. Having played Coachella only months ago, Lastlings are bringing a dreamy electro-pop which crowds are unquestionably stanning.

#5 Fergus James

At just 19, NSW boy Fergus James is this year’s triple j unearthed artist and boy is he a deserving recipient. Around midday on Sat, crowds were stumbling in feeling a little dusty, yet James served up an energy-driving set which triggered a wave of surprise and excitement. His style has been described as boasting the kind of charm we see from Dean Lewis, yet with a kind of adrenaline that rivals Gang of Youths.


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Yesterday will always be a very special day for me. Thank you to everyone who helped me get here. Much love, FJ xx

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Sources: @fergusjamesmusic, @thandiphoenix, @theteskeybrothers, Bianca Holderness, Dave Kan, Ian Laidlaw. 

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