The first round of Splendour sideshows has just been announced. Three years on from its last Australian tour, Queens of the Stone Age is back to shred and bang on things loudly. The band has been working on new material since frontman Josh Homme’s work with Iggy Pop on last years excellent Post Pop Depression.
At the complete opposite end of the musical spectrum, Icelandic three-piece Sigur Ros is proving the band is in fact made up of real people and not mythical Nordic fairy folk. The usually heavily orchestrated band will perform unaccompanied for the first time. The stripped-back arrangement is unlikely to quell the soaring beauty of its best work, though.
American power-pop sisters Haim will please those who prefer throwing shapes on the dance floor to being constricted in a hectic mosh pit.
Maggie Rogers has come a long way since a chance encounter with Pharrell Williams made her internet famous. Expect exquisite pastoral electronic pop from this extremely talented young producer.
Other acts include Swedish pop star Tove Lo, Banks, Real Estate, Two Door Cinema Club, George Ezra, Rag ‘n’Bone Man, Bishop Briggs, the Lemon Twigs and Lany.
Now the agonising wait until LCD Soundsystem officially announces a tour. Come on James, Nancy and Pat, give the people what they want.