New Zealand singer singwriter Marlon Williams has been described as the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt.
New Zealand singer singwriter Marlon Williams has been described as the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt. Contributed

Splendour in the Grass: Our picks

Marlon, the Kiwi Elvis

HE has been described as "the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt", and there is some truth to that statement.

Their similarities are mainly in the masculine fragility Williams exposes when performing, in the same way Presley did.

Williams' music style straddles folk, country, soul, bluegrass and the blues, and as such he was part of the line-up of Bluesfest 2015.

He is coming back to Splendour with The Yarra Benders.

Relocating to Melbourne in July 2013, Williams built a word of mouth following performing a two-month residency at the Yarra Hotel.

  • Playing on Sunday, July 24.

 

CREATOR: Harley Edward Streten, better known by his stage name Flume.
CREATOR: Harley Edward Streten, better known by his stage name Flume.

Flume, electronic bliss

HARLEY Edward Streten, better known by his stage name Flume, is an Australian electronic music producer.

His debut self-titled album was released on November 9, 2012, which peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

On January 5, 2016 Flume shared details of his forthcoming sophomore album, Skin.

The first single, Never Be Like You, featuring vocals from Canadian singer Kai, reached No. 1 in Australia last February. The song has been streamed 53 million times and counting globally since release after reaching No. 1 on Spotify's Global Viral Chart and No. 1 on Hype Machine, as well as climbing up the Top 100 Shazam charts.

Flume was one of the first artists to top 200 million Soundcloud plays and reaching more than 366 million streams on Spotify.

  • Playing on Sunday, July 24.

 

Singer and former Lismore resident Ngaiire.
Singer and former Lismore resident Ngaiire. Contributed

Ngaiire, the local

NGAIIRE kicked off 2016 with No. 73 in the Triple J Hottest 100 for the first single, Once, from upcoming album Blastoma.

It was her first time in the countdown, and the first time a Papua New Guinean-born artist had placed in the countdown.

The former Lismore resident recently launched her latest single, Diggin, getting her back to Triple J rotation.

Co-written by Ngaiire and Blastoma producers, Paul Mac and Jack Grace, and with backing vocals from Ngaiire's good buddy Shaun J. Wright, Diggin is a victorious song about the end of unending darkness, surrendering to being human and learning to fall in love with the world again.

The former collaborator with Blue King Brown and Chet Faker, and former Australian Idol Top 30 contestant, is preparing to release Blastoma, which is her second album, later this year.

  • Playing on Saturday, July 23.

 

Robert Smith of the English rock band The Cure performs during the 2007 MTV Latin Video Music Awards at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Robert Smith of the English rock band The Cure performs during the 2007 MTV Latin Video Music Awards at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Gregory Bull

The Cure, 1980s rock

THE CURE are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976.

The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys. This, along with several early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom.

During the early 1980s, the band's increasingly dark and tormented music was a staple of the emerging gothic rock genre.

The Cure are often identified with the gothic rock genre, and are viewed as one of the form's definitive bands.

However, the band has routinely rejected classification, particularly as a gothic rock band.

Robert Smith said in 2006, "It's so pitiful when goth is still tagged onto the name The Cure.

"We're not categorisable. I suppose we were post-punk when we came out, but in total it's impossible. I just play Cure music, whatever that is."

Smith has also expressed his distaste for gothic rock.

While typically viewed as producers of dark and gloomy music, The Cure have also yielded a number of upbeat songs.

  • The Cure will be playing at Splendour on Saturday, July 23.

 

Sydney-based singer, poet and MC Sampa the Great.
Sydney-based singer, poet and MC Sampa the Great. Contributed

Sampa the Great from Zambia

FROM Sydney, by way of Zambia, vocalist, poet and MC Sampa the Great is one of those artists you cannot afford to miss at Splendour.

Sampa was born in Zambia, but at a young age her family decided to move to Botswana, where she was raised. Growing up in Africa has had an influence on her music, making it politically conscious with high regard to the lyrics and message.

She pursued a BA in Audio Production in Sydney. Working towards the degree enhanced her skills in writing and recording as an artist.

  • Playing Friday, July 22.

 

RAY OF MUSIC SUNSHINE: Santigold at Parklife.  Photo Brony Popp / Daily Mercury
RAY OF MUSIC SUNSHINE: Santigold at Parklife. Photo Brony Popp / Daily Mercury Brony Popp

Santigold, the interactive

SANTI White, better known by her stage name Santigold, is an American singer and producer.

Her debut album, Santogold, received great reviews in 2008.

In February 2016, she released her third album, 99¢.

She also released an interactive music video for the first single, Can't Get Enough of Myself, which allowed viewers to insert themselves in the video, furthering the song's message about self-absorption and promotion in the social media age.

To embed yourself in the Santigold video go to https://cantgetenoughofmyself.webcam/

  • Playing Saturday, July 23.


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