THE ONLY NAME YOU RECOGNISE? British rock band The Cure will headline the 2016 Splendour in the Grass music festival.
THE ONLY NAME YOU RECOGNISE? British rock band The Cure will headline the 2016 Splendour in the Grass music festival.

Five songs to survive Splendour if you are over 40

SO you are a 40-something who somehow managed to beat the stampede online and bought tickets to Splendour 2016.

You did this because you loved The Cure during your 'emo phase' back in the 1980s.

You also want to see The Strokes and The Avalanches, of course.

But that's pretty much all the names you recognise and now you discovered that your teenager children and some of his friends are coming too (gasp!).

Don't get anxious. Check out this mini-guide to Splendour for 40-somethings and you'll be able to chat with a group of teenagers about the music they dig.

Look for the conversation tips we will give you for each of the songs.

They may save your bacon this Splendour.

(This list is also applicable if you are a teenager and you live under a rock).

Ready? Remember: If I can do this, so can you. OK?

Here we go.

1. Never Be Like you by Flume: This songs comes with a language warning. Never Be Like You is a moody song by Australian musician Flume, featuring vocals from Canadian singer Kai.

It was released last January by Future Classic.

The song debuted at number 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart, later reaching number one and becoming Flume's first song to top the chart.

The song was successful and charted internationally in Austria, Belgium, France, and New Zealand, where it reached number 2 on the RMNZ Singles Chart.

"Kai and I were sending ideas back and forth online, then met up in New York and went into the studio. We laid down some chords and started an idea but weren't feeling inspired. So we went out into the night for a few hours and when we returned, it all started to come together," said Flume on his press release about the song.

A remix EP if this song was released by Flume in March.

*Conversation tip: This will probably be one of the best Australian songs you will hear in 2016.



2. Swear Jar by Illy: BIG language warning on this song. The 'F' word is used not once, not twice but A LOT in this song.

Starting off in some smooth gospel tones, Swear Jar sees Illy deliver some fantastic rhymes, calling out artists who "care about music less than Instagram accounts" and anyone who trolls comment sections online.

"I'd hit back but whenever I tell them 'kiss my bare arse' / My two cents got my emptying my wallet in a swear jar," Illy raps.

*Conversation tip: If you get pass the swearing and you listen to the actual message in this song, this is quite a positive tune.



3. Can't Get Enough of Myself by Santigold: This is the feel-good, self-affirmative, cheeky and fun song everyone needs to listen to.

"If I wasn't me, I can be sure I'd wanna be

I'm pretty major and I'll say it out loud (...)

Ain't a gambler but honey I'd put money on myself"

Hard to argue with those lyrics. Hey?

The singer also doesn't skimp on star power as actress Olivia Wilde, funny man Adam Samberg and music powerhouses like Jay Z and Pharrell all make cameos in the New York-based music video.

*Conversation tip: Santigold says that if everything is a product at this point, including people and relationships, then my marking starts with me.


4. People Vultures by King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard: Who said 1970s rock is dead? This seven-piece rock troupe from Melbourne has made 1970s rock the hottest sound again.

And with an album called Nonagon Infinity, there is plenty of trippy psychedelic riffs to come from this band in the months before Splendour kicks off.

Clocking in at exactly five-minutes, People Vultures is an anxious and angry riot of drum and guitar, showing their concern for Mother Earth's future: "People vultures crowding at my door, parasites are eating even more", sings vocalist and guitar player Stu Mackenzie.

"Our blue planet is parched and cracks are forming underfoot and the sweat drips from our collective temple onto the citrine sand and a feathered doom encircles us from above and there's a pulsing in our breast telling us there ain't nothing any mere mortal can do when the sun retreats and blackness sets in," said Stu Mackenzie to online mag The Fader about this song.

*Conversation tip: Is there a better band name than King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard?


5. Hello Miss Lonesome by Marlon Williams and the Yarra Benders: This is Country at its best.

Three notes into this sons and you feel a bar fight should star any minute (if you are at a bar, that is).

Hello Miss Lonesome sounds like the kind of music legendary Country singers would have been singing 40 years ago, so somehow NZ-born Marlon Williams seems to be covering his own original song.

I'm confused now.

*Conversation tip: Marlon Williams debuted his acting career in this year's ABC TV series The Beautiful Lie.


  • Splendour in the Grass will be held at North Byron Parklands in July. For details visit the festival's website.

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