It’ll be just like you went. Instead though, there’s no uncomfortable road trip or expensive flights, no timetable clashes or freezing nights in a muddy tent. Actually, who are we kidding. We can’t make you feel better about missing out on the festival, but at least you can see some of your favourite acts in the comfort of your hometown.
Blur at Rod Laver Arena
It’s been 18 years since Blur made it to Australia. Show them some love.
Tuesday July 28
Mark Ronson at Margaret Court Arena
Uptown Funk was a banger. And yet, that’s only one per cent of Mark Ronson’s huge and very impressive discography. The British producer, singer, songwriter is a force and a dynamic live artist everybody should witness at least once, minimum. Pond, Tkay Maidza, Yolanda Be Cool and Jones Jnr are supporting and Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) will make an appearance, too. Enough said.
Wednesday July 29
Wolf Alice at The Corner
Triple J has been pushing these guys pretty hard (their debut album, My Love Is Cool, was a feature album last week) and the hype is for good reason. The four-piece indie-rock band from London is making some smooth, smooth rock; a pitch-perfect blend of sweet lyrics and scratchy guitars, grunge rock and soft melodies. Supported by Adelaide chaps, Bad//Dreems, it’ll be a night of indie-rock bliss.
Thursday July 23
The Wombats at Margaret Court Arena
Its sound has evolved over the years, but its live performances are solidified in greatness. Supported by fellow Liverpool rock band Circa Waves, Wombats will be a treat.
Tuesday July 28
Tired Lion at Shebeen
The Perth four-piece was a late entrant to the Splendour line-up (it won the Triple J Unearthed competition which sees them officially launch the festival). Lucky you, you can catch them play a pretty intimate show at Shebeen and say you caught them before they got famous. The band has been winning hearts over the past 12 months with its debut EP All We Didn’t Know which is straight-up grunge rock’n’roll. Darts and Pretty City are supporting.
Saturday July 25
Azealia Banks at The Prince Bandroom
Iggy who? This drama magnet isn’t letting her Twitter beef with the other Azalea get in the way of heading to Australia for Splendour and a handful of sideshows. She’ll be bringing her spitfire style to Melbourne in July, assuming she shows up / doesn’t storm off stage.
Sunday 26th July