As has become standard protocol; the announcement of the Splendour in the Grass 2016 lineup began to spark debate around its quality, and discussions started to infiltrate homes, workplaces and pubs around Australia. Questions typically arose; questions like whether The Cure are still relevant enough to headline, whether there are enough big local acts, and whether it’s appropriate that Flume is closing the final day.
But there’s no doubting one thing. Splendour consistently churns out some serious talent when it comes to the lesser known acts on the bill, specifically those electronic acts chosen to play the Mix-Up tent. This year; Flume, Hermitude, Duke Dumont, What So Not, Golden Features, Hayden James and Snakehips are leading the way when it comes to producers & electronic artists preparing to make the trip to Byron – but we thought we’d take you through five other acts who you may not know yet; but who should be on your must-see list for Splendour 2016.
Lido is probably the best known act on this list, and out of everyone he is also probably the most unmissable. Classically trained; the Norwegian producer is also a rapper, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist – and this year he even directed his own music video for his new track Crazy. He’s recently worked with Wave Racer and Alison Wonderland, so he’s obviously got an affinity for Australia. Lido was also billed as one of the international drawcards of Listen Out 2015 before he was replaced by Basenji at the last minute, leaving Australia still needing their fix of his often cute, but just as frequently full-bodied and synth heavy production style. His live show is sure to be filled with lights, sounds and maybe he’ll even pull out some live instruments. Mark these words – Lido may be the highlight of the entire bloody festival.
Check out this unbelievable video of the man himself performing his own orchestral arrangement of his track I Love You.
Melbourne producer Swick is just about the superlative signing on Nina Las Vegas’ NLV music label – and has recorded a bunch of tracks with Nina herself. 2016 has arguably been a breakthrough year for Swick, with his latest EP Stamina featuring his most extensive list of collaborators to date – and also being perhaps his most diverse EP as well. His sound ranges from glitchy to booming bass – and his track Gardens sounds like it could be a weird mesh of Bauer-style bass, Hudson Mohawke-esque wonky and synth that wouldn’t be out of place on a Rustie track. In a live setting, you may not know what to expect from Swick – but that’s why he’ll be one of the most exciting acts at Splendour
Kllo is Australian duo Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul, who also happen to be cousins. Although they’re relatively fresh on the scene - in that they haven’t yet released a massive catalogue of original music – the tracks they have put out are pretty nek level. The debut EP pretty much spawned the best part of a year of relentless touring in 2015, including shows in over in Europe. Their latest cut Bolide is a perfect example of their pulsing yet softly-spoken – and with their second EP due out shortly, Splendour will be a perfect opportunity for Kllo to road-test some unheard material.
Paces may be Australia’s hottest commodity right now, off the back of his incredibly cover of LDRU’s Keeping Score on triple j’s Like A Version a few weeks ago. The cover, with Aussie Idol hero Guy Sebastian in tow, was a revelation; and now Guy has producers lining up to drop beats for him, including LDRU himself.
@GuySebastian thanks bro! Man, if your keen I've got a beat with your name all over it.Send us a message if your down✌?
— L D R U (@TheLDRU) May 20, 2016
Not only that, Paces has already played two national tours on 2016 – the first supporting US Moombahton king Dillon Francis and the second his own headline shows, so his live show is pretty much a fine art by now. With his masterful use of hardware, and his engaging mixture of original material and dope remixes, he’s definitely one to watch for at this year’s festival.
Just A Gent
After his debut national headline tour in 2015 - off the back of an amazing festival debut at Groovin The Moo, the Maitland-hailing lovestep producer makes his Splendour In The Grass premiere appearance this year. Starting with Limelight last year featuring ROZES on vocals, Just A Gent has put out a steady stream of hits including Waveless, Heavy As A Heartbreak and earlier this year Loaded Gun. He’s also been exploring his instrumental side, and has uploaded a bunch of tracks to his alternate Soundcloud channel Just A Tune – the highlight of which being an epic, piano-based Star Wars tribute he uploaded on May the 4th, just a few weeks. Since then, he’s also been co-opted by The Temper Trap to do one of the official remixes for their new tune Fall Together. It’s literally impossible to start trying to get your head around this guy’s potential, but this Splendour set will undoubtedly be his best live show to date.