Splendour In The Grass 2014 Lineup Rumours And Info
Written by Greg Moskovitch on 27th January, 2014
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Following a successful 2013 and a lineup that included Mumford & Sons, rumours regarding Splendour In The Grass 2014 have already started heating up, with names like London Grammar, James Vincent McMorrow, Sky Ferreira, and Outkast being thrown around.
Among those rumoured, Norwegian singer Mikhael Paskalev, who turned heads with his ridiculously catchy single, I Spy, kicks off a debut East Coast tour this March and also mentioned that he may return in the Norwegian summer.
It’s become something of a habit for SITG acts to embark on quick March tours to kick-start buzz and ready punters ahead of the big event, and it’s possible that Paskalev, whose tour is being presented by Splendour promoters Secret Sounds, could be doing a warm-up lap on his March tour.
Splendour organisers had previously employed the same tactic with Foster The People in 2011 and Lana Del Rey in 2012, while last year, Mercury Prize winner James Blake played two Australian March dates before his return for Splendour In The Grass 2013 a few months later.
There’s evidence that American singer Sky Ferreira’s recently announced Australian trip could result in an SITG appearance. “I’ve never been to Australia before,” Ferreira told Triple J. “I’m definitely coming in July for a festival… I’m not quite sure [of the exact date], but it’s in my summer.”
However the singer, model and actress recently and conspicuously changed her tune and her schedule, telling theMusic, “I have no idea where I’m actually playing, but I’m coming in March. I thought it was July. Maybe I am coming back in July, but I’m definitely coming in March.”
Meanwhile, London Grammar made themselves likely Splendour candidates after guitarist Dan Rothman told The Vine last month, “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.”
James Vincent McMorrow threw his hat into the Splendour ring when he told Triple J’s Veronica and Lewis, “I would suspect [I'll be back]. There’s been some conversations. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say anything, but I think you’ll probably see me for some shows during your winter.”
McMorrow’s recent headlining shows earlier this month, were, like Paskalev’s, promoted by Secret Sounds. McMorrow’s comments, coupled with the association with the promoter and booker of Splendour In The Grass, suggests punters may see the Irishman at Byron Bay later this year.
Whilst speaking to Music Feeds’ Joshua Paterson earlier this month, Ed Nash, bass player of UK indie darlings Bombay Bicycle Club, 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 not only expressed to us his love of Australia as a touring and holidaying destination, but happened to mention that he’d love to play in Byron Bay, saying, “Last January after the tour we stopped off in Byron Bay. It was one of the funnest weeks of my life. I’d love to play a gig there.”
The rumour mill has also been pushing newly reformed Atlanta hip-hop legends Outkast as potential headliners, following Andre ’3000' Benjamin and Antwan ‘Big Boi’ Patton‘s announcement of a 40-date, festival-only international tour during the US spring/summer.
Outkast have already been announced as part of the lineup for Coachella 2014 and in addition to the seemingly perfect timing, Splendour has a history of sharing reformed artists with one of the US’ biggest music events, including At The Drive-In in 2012 and Pulp 2011.
Big Boi was hotly rumoured to be playing last year’s Splendour event, even tweeting, “Im Doing a tour in Australia in July, holla at ya people,” though did not appear on the final lineup. The duo will be touring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.
Another “good fit” act in the running for a SITG appearance is Austin-based singer-producer Max Frost, who dropped his debut EP Low High Low late last year, and recently revealed to a fan via Twitter that he would be making his way Down Under “hopefully this summer!”
Splendour In The Grass 2014 organisers are likely to drop their first lineup announcement some time in late April.
Splendour 2014 Rumoured Acts
James Vincent McMorrow
Bombay Bicycle Club