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The first round of acts set for Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival 2014 has been unveiled, sparking chatter about which names we are destined to see appear on the lineup for Australia’s own Splendour In The Grass 2014, which has had a history of sharing bands with our neighbour to the North.
Kanye West, Franz Ferdinand, Jack Johnson, Basement Jaxx, and Manic Street Preachers are among the top tier acts featured on the bill, some of whom recently visited and others who have announced upcoming tours, but there are several acts already strongly rumoured for Splendour.
When we last spoke to UK indie outfit Bombay Bicycle Club, bass player Ed Nash told us, “We’d like to come back in your winter and our summer, I know you guys have a lot of great festivals that we’d love to play.” Ed even expressed a strong desire to return to his beloved Byron Bay for a gig.
Stylish Brits London Grammar will also appear at Fuji Rock. Guitarist Dan Rothman put them in the SITG rumour mill after confessing, “We were supposed to play it this year but they couldn’t get us out there in time. It wasn’t going to work, so I think it’s always been the plan to go back next year.”
Though no Fuji headliners performed at SITG last year, the two events did share Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men, Portugal The Man, Haim, and Daughter. The previous year, Fuji and SITG shared Jack White, At the Drive-In, The Kooks, The Shins, and Explosions in the Sky.
Japan’s Summersonic has also revealed acts set for their 2014 instalment, including Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Kasabian, Pixies, Robert Plant, Metronomy, and Azealia Banks. Summersonic and SITG run weeks apart and in 2013 shared Jake Bugg, Alt-J, Klaxons, and more.