Splendid line-up for Byron winter festival
By Tabatha Fulker
Splendid! It's official, Splendour in the Grass will be bringing rock and roll to Byron on July 23-24.
With a short but mighty early line-up announced yesterday, Splendour will bring national and international acts to Belongil Fields for the festival we all love to love.
At the top of their game with their new album, Lullabies to Paralyze, Queens of the Stone Age is bringing what they describe as 'cagey swamp rock' to Byron.
For those not in the know, QOTSA are as wild as the American west from which they spring. They like guitar riffs, baring more than their lyrics and are considered by this journo as 'dangerously good'.
Next on the playlist is man of the golden globe, Moby.
He's headlined at the UK's famous Glastonbury Festival, brought punk rock out of obscure German bars and his 1999 hit album Play was an international electro pop hit, selling in the millions.
He's a man with a social conscience and still produces his music out of his small bedroom studio.
Out of New York City are the enigmatic Interpol.
Their 2002 album Turn on the Bright Lights brought indie fame to the quintet, full of atmospheric urgent riffs and sweeping guitar sounds. They're worth checking out just for their threads!
Bloc Party will be flying in from the UK to bring dance to the rock festivities. They make toe tapping, earnest rock music and Byron will be their first show Down Under.
Acts announced in the early roll call from the local side of the globe are Australian songstress Sarah Blasko, and from the land we like to assume as our own are the New Zealand-born Shihad.
Sarah will bring her sixpiece band to the show, performing tracks from her brilliant debut album, The Overture and The Underscore. Her round-vowelled, voice-driven music gives narrative a haunting name, while Shihad will bring lean and hungry rock to the Bay.
Splendour in the Grass copromoter, Byron Bay-based Jessica Ducrou, warns that as Splendour has sold ut every year since its 2001 birth, it is best for locals to buy tickets as soon as they're released on May 9.
The world's most famous Christian vegan, Moby, is bringing his electro-pop sound to this year's Splendour in the Grass.