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All The Splendour In The Grass 2018 Rumours In One Place

A mass migration that sees cars and vans fill from across the country. Packing up the essentials, a tent to pitch and booze smuggled not so inconspiciously. Travelling en masse to the coastal paradise of Byron Bay, in pursuit of sweet tunes and electric vibes. The lineup is always a site of rampant speculation, but with a little help from our good friend – the internet, we’ve rounded up just whose still in contention. Splendour in the Grass 2018, here’s hoping our calculations are correct.


Acts that are certainly not appearing, confirmed by dates on the other side of the world. The summer season overseas is stacked with stellar festivals and these musicians just won’t be able to make it down to Oz in time. Unless, time travel, but that’s a bit farfetched.


Rockers Kasabian are venturing to Lollapalooza, meaning we don’t get to see them perform, again. Like if you cry every time.

The Killers

They’re playing at every Euro festival possible, meaning Splendour just isn’t on the cards this time round. With their upcoming April national tours, probably hard to see them coming back so soon.

Travis Scott

Lollapalooza and Bencàssim festivals are to blame for the no show of Travis Scott. He also has a new Jenner bebé to help (this is a loose term) look after, so Aussie antics may be too much in amongst the busy schedule.


I know we’d all love to party, circa 2013, to Pompeii but alas it’s not meant to be. Bencàssim festival has snaveled them up.


These guys will be soaking up the Paris atmosphere at Lollapalooza, then making their way to the Ukraine. It’s been eight years since you’ve ventured down under, guys. C’mon.


He’s got new songs and we don’t even get to boogie to them live. Lollapalooza, why you gotta play us like this?

Dillon Frances

We’re not going to be dropping our asses to the likes of Get Low, this year. He’ll be tearing the main stage up in Paris. We’ll just have to add his mixes to our pre-splendour playlist and that will have to do.

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Oh if only this is what the lineup looked like in it’s entirety. But alas, it will likely be a selection of the stellar artists listed below. Free for the weekend, even free for the month they’re likely being chased down for a feature spot on the bill. Gap in their schedule, a hyped new album or both, making them excellent candidates.


These guys are playing Fuji Rock and have a nice little gap beforehand to grace us with their adorable, boppy presence. With fresh tunes on the airwaves and an album on the way, we reckon they’re a good chance.


They’ve just put out a new album, one that’s received rave reviews. With a catalogue featuring old classics and new flavours, Splendour would be the perfect place for a live debut, don’t ‘ya think?

Years And Years

These guys never fail to put on a ripper of a show with their electric nature, and 2018 would be no different. Get your glitter and rainbows out, peeps.

James Bay

James Bae (I mean Bay…actually, no I don’t) may just rock up to this shin dig. Listening to him while lying on the grass, sneaky flask in hand, would be perf.


This American electro-duo have just been out here for Laneway, but there’s a sneaky chance they could return for a main stage Splendour bash. Their live show has been adored nationally, so we’d welcome a third visit in less than a year lads.

Kendrick Lamar

Remember all the Humble covers from Splendour 2017? Well we may get to hear the real damn thing. We’re light headed from the potential excitement. Given how successful his arena shows were you can bet Splendour would sell out even quicker with Kendrick on the bill. He’s appearing at Fuji Fest around the same time, very convenient, if you ask me. On the back of his Hottest 100 win, and with more music rumoured to be on the way, Kendrick on the main stage could well be the biggest performance in the history of this fab festival.

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We’ve got the feeling Skrillex, is a shoe in. He’d be perfect to see on a Friday night when the party is just getting started. Your ears are probably going to be given a run for their money, it’ll definitely be a loud one.

Jack Johnson

With a relatively new album out, we’d be keen to have him grace our ear drums with his anti-trump antics and his song My Mind Is For Sale.

Vampire Weekend

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Please, for the love of all that’s good in this world. Let this be real. What better place to pay homage to their old albums (and anticipate the new)? In Byron Bay of course, under the sun and in front of oxford comma hating revellers.

The Wombats

These guys have been pretty much locked in and seem Splendour bound this year, due to loose lips and human beings’ want to gossip. Honestly outside the UK, Oz must be their bloody second home – and we got zero problems with that.

Arctic Monkeys

These rock crooners have a large Splendour shaped hole in their schedule. Having these guys play at Splendy would be one of the highlights, that’s for damn sure. I want to see boys walking around trying to emanate the broodiness of Alex Turner. Black skinny jeans and all.

She’s mentioned she’s keen and can’t wait to play in Australia. We may get lucky enough to see her and fulfil (my dream) our dream of screaming Don’t Leave and Final Song. She’s also really cute to look at so I’m sure we’ll all have a good froth.

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