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Five Splendour stars set to shine bright

SEVEN weeks to Splendour and the music stars are getting ready to bring their latest hits to North Byron Parklands.

Here is a list to update you on what artists to keep an eye on in the leadtime to the festival:

Oh Wonder:

In an era in which pop careers require careful planning, Oh Wonder are an anomaly.

They're a band formed by accident not design, a duo who didn't intend to play live but spent more than a year touring the world, and a major label act who never saw this being anything other than a DIY project.

Ultralife is both Oh Wonder's extraordinary second album and their debut proper.

Its eponymously-titled predecessor, released in late 2015, was a collection of songs they had posted online at the rate of one a month, which millions of listeners fell in love with, turning London-based Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West into reluctant pop stars.

 

Josephine Vander Gutch and Anthony West are British electronic duo Oh Wonder.
Josephine Vander Gutch and Anthony West are British electronic duo Oh Wonder. Contributed

Kingswood:

Packing out venues and playing to sold-out rooms across Australia on their largest tour to date, with their second ARIA Top 10 album up their sleeve and a newly announced slot at this year's sold-out Splendour in the Grass, performing alongside heavyweights Queens of the Stone Age and LCD Soundsystem, there is just no stopping Melbourne rockers Kingswood.

Keeping the party alive, today they announce a brand new string of Tasmania and regional NSW shows, showcasing their latest album After Hours, Close to Dawn, including huge hits 'Golden' and 'Creepin', to these audiences for the very first time.

After Hours, Close To Dawn was named in Rolling Stone Australia's 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017, mixing an eclectic collection of R'n'B grooves with soaring rock & roll, garage soul and space age experimentation. It's all connected by the defining element that is the trio's creative DNA. No matter what shape they take, these songs are still instantly recognisable as pure Kingswood.

Joining the fellas on the road and taking on main support duties will be Sydney's four-piece Dear Seattle.

Serving up a broad spectrum of groove-tinted indie rock and high-impact choruses reminiscent of early 90's grunge, they're no strangers to the scene having supported Citizen (US), Emarosa (US) and Trophy Eyes (AUS).

Their latest track, The Meadows, is a little taster of what you can expect from their upcoming sophomore EP.

Julien Baker:

After visiting the Northern Rivers last year to perform at Mullum Music Festival 2016 as part of the Sprained Ankle tour, her first ever visit to Australia, Memphis songstress Julien Baker is coming back to the area.

Julien returns to Australian shores this July to play Splendour In The Grass plus other dates in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales.

It will a special run of shows that will take her to heartland Victoria and Hobart for the first time.

The widely successful 2016 Sprained Ankle tour featured multiple sold out shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Armed with just a guitar to accompany her dynamic vocals, Julien mesmerised audiences at every show with her intimate song writing.

Fans will get the chance to hear new material including tracks like Funeral Pyre and Distant Solar Systems, Julien's first releases since signing with new label Matador.

 

Julien Rose Baker is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Memphis, Tennessee.
Julien Rose Baker is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Memphis, Tennessee.

Pond:

The Weather is Pond's latest album, releasedlast May.

Album opener 30000 Megatons flirts with bombastic rock opera, while the title track The Weather is in the same breath contemplative and otherworldly.

There's further pop magic in the single Sweep Me Off My Feet.

Pond played the first weekend of Coachella 2017 and then went on an extensive US and Canadian tour.

The band celebrated the release of The Weather with a run of European dates, including their largest UK headline show to date at The O2 Forum, London, also joining the line-up for Splendour In The Grass in July.

The band will return to the UK later in the summer to play Reading and Leeds Festivals and End of the Road Festival.

The Weather is out now via EMI Music Australia.

 

Pond is a psychedelic rock band from Perth, Western Australia, formed in 2008.
Pond is a psychedelic rock band from Perth, Western Australia, formed in 2008.

Bernard Fanning:

The former Powderfinger frontman and Australian rock icon just released his latest album, Brutal Dawn, two weeks ago.

This is Bernard Fanning's second installment in a two album coupling: Civil Dusk (2016) / Brutal Dawn (2017).

Renewal, realization, reconciliation and evolution are the 'brutal' answers to Civil Dusk's lyricism, revision, tenderness and romance

Byron Shire resident and Australian music icon Bernard Fanning.
Byron Shire resident and Australian music icon Bernard Fanning.

 

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