Outdoor festival-goers, camping enthusiasts and music lovers, it’s time to rejoice. After two years of what seemed like never-ending postponements, Splendour In The Grass is finally returning for three days of festivities in the North Byron Parklands.
The staple Australian music festival first started out in 2001 and has staged a myriad of immense international and Australian talent. Past editions have seen the likes of Powderfinger, Coldplay, Queens of The Stone Age, Sonic Youth, Kanye West, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and many more take the stage for headline performances.
With a total of 12 stages to choose from, there’s a wide variety of sounds and spaces to best suit your festival needs. So, get your favourite festival outfits ready and gear up for Splendour’s return.
Here’s everything you need to know about Splendour In The Grass ahead of its return.
- Yungblud and Renforshort team up for Kingscliff gig called the ‘Stuck In The Mud show’
- Baker Boy, Confidence Man and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever announce free show in Byron Bay
- The Buoys, MAY-A, Japanese Wallpaper, Flowerkid and more team for free pop-up makeup show called ‘Splendour Got Railed’
- Splendour In The Grass cancels main stage performances for first day of festival
Is Splendour In The Grass going ahead?
Splendour has cancelled all main stage performances for Friday due to challenging weather, but expects performances to go ahead as normal on Saturday and Sunday. Read the festival’s full statement here.
After dropping teasers on social media, Yungblud and Renforshort have confirmed a free Splendour make-up gig tonight at Kingscliff Beach Hotel in Kingscliff, NSW dubbed the ‘Stuck In The Mud’ show.
— NME Australia (@nmeaustralia) July 22, 2022
The Buoys, MAY-A, Flowerkid and more Aussie artists who were supposed to play the festival today have teamed for a free make-up show tonight called ‘Splendour Got Railed’.
Splendour has confirmed that the festival will move forward for Saturday, writing in a statement: “DAY 2 IS A GO. The site is weather affected! However, don’t let it wash away your spirit. We’ve waited 3 long years for this and have worked so hard to bring you the show. Be patient, be kind and be safe.”
Splendour has also announced minor lineup changes. The Strokes – who are set to headline – will now begin their set 15 minutes earlier at 10:30PM. Comedian Grace Tame, who was set to host a panel with Jack River, has pulled out of the festival due to “conflicting deadlines”. River’s panel will now proceed with Tarang Chawla, Sam Koslowski and Zara Seidler.
Who is on the Splendour In The Grass 2022 line-up?
Yeah Yeah Yeahs were part of the original lineup and had sideshows scheduled, but pulled out due to health issues. In a statement on July 15, the New York trio shared: “The disappointment weighs heavily on us, we apologize for such disappointing news. We’ve been waiting a long time to see you again and we hope to return soon to fulfill our commitments in good health and spirits for you.”
The Avalanches have been tapped to replace Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ allocated time slot on Friday (July 22).
On July 19, Splendour announced that Tom Misch and Hinds – who were both scheduled to perform on Saturday (July 23) – have pulled out of the festival. A reason for their withdrawal wasn’t shared, although the festival did note that the two musicians “are no longer able to make it to Australia”.
In their stead, Cosmo’s Midnight and Noah Dillon have been announced as replacement acts. Cosmo’s Midnight will perform at the Mix Up Stage from 8:30pm till 9:30pm, while Noah Dillon takes the GW McLennan tent at 3pm.
Other Australian artists like DMA’s, Ruel, Cub Sport, Violent Soho, The Jungle Giants, Methyl Ethel, Alice Ivy, Amyl And The Sniffers, Julia Stone and G Flip make up some of the other local artists playing in their home country.
The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator were announced to headline the 2020 iteration of Splendour, before it was postponed the first time that June. Flume was also booked to headline, but dropped out when it was rescheduled for 2021. Gorillaz were announced then, and all three headliners were retained when the 2021 iteration was again postponed.
Here’s the complete, most up to date line-up:
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
The Jungle Giants
The Lazy Eyes
Brame & Hamo
Dro Carey & DJ Scorpion
Memphis LK (DJ)
Tyler, The Creator
Amyl And The Sniffers
Alex The Astronaut
Northeast Party House
Shantan Wantan Ichiban
Shannon & The Clams
Big Twisty & The Funk Nasty
Jeff The Brotherhood
The Soul Movers
Where is Splendour In The Grass 2022 being held? How do I get to the festival grounds?
This year’s Splendour In The Grass will once again be held in the North Byron Parklands, Yelgun, where the festival has been hosted since 2013. It’s roughly a 20-minute drive from Byron Bay. Splendour will be offering charter bus services, for which tickets are available here.
As indicated on the festival’s website, bus services can change without prior notice at any given time. Punters must purchase their tickets online before boarding the bus. All passes will be for a two-way return trip, with different price ranges based on pick-up and drop-off locations. Head over to Splendour’s charter information page to view its time slots and planned routes.
Festival-goers can also travel to North Byron Parklands via taxi and rideshare apps, with designated drop-off zones.
If you’re flying in for the festival, you can book flights to Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, located roughly 40 minutes from North Byron Parklands. Flying to Gold Coast Airport and Brisbane Airport is also a viable option – though the former is 44 kilometres away from the festival grounds, while the latter is 150 kilometres away.
For further information and updates regarding charter bus services, visit Splendour’s travelling information page here.
How can I buy tickets for Splendour In The Grass 2022?
The festival has been completely sold out since December and Splendour’s official resale facility closed on July 18.
What are the set times?
Splendour released its set times and site map on July 7, confirming that the gates will open at 10AM on Friday (July 22) to the general public and Thursday (July 21) for attendees who are camping onsite. On Thursday, a light performance lineup featuring DJs and stand-up comedians will take place across four stages – starting at 4PM and ending at 12AM.
They have also announced that headlining acts Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator will be performing 90-minute sets at the Amphitheatre stage beginning at 10:30PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.
On Friday, every stage will pause all programs from 2:15PM to 2:30PM. During this 15 minute block, Indigenous elders will perform a Welcome to Country ceremony at the Amphitheatre stage.
Check out all of the stage times for Splendour In The Grass 2022 below.
As with all major music festivals, expect some frustrating set time clashes between the likes of Yungblud and Confidence Man, JPEGMafia and Jack Harlow, Orville Peck and The Avalanches and many more. Check out NME’s guide to the most frustrating set time clashes here.
What can I bring to Splendour In The Grass – and what should I leave at home?
A three-day festival while camping out can be quite a headache to pack for. Do I travel light, do I bring more wet wipes just in case? Pack as you wish, but be sure not to bring in items that are prohibited from the event site, camping grounds and car park.
The banned items include:
- Bags larger than an A4 sized paper (30cm x 20cm) (on event grounds)
- Alcohol not bought from the event space (on all sites)
- Fireworks, flares, fire twinkling paraphernalia (on all sites)
- Anything studded (belts, wristbands, accessories) (on all sites)
- Culturally sensitive items and attire (on all sites)
For the full list, head over to Splendour’s information page here.
Is Splendour In The Grass an all-ages festival?
Yes, Splendour In The Grass is an all-ages festival. However, attendees who are below the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian who are ticket-holders as well. Previously, only punters under the age of 16 were required to be accompanied by an adult. On July 11, the festival released a statement that announced the change in rules, adding that the move was “not Splendour’s decision”.
The festival also announced that “police will be present at the event, roaming throughout the crowd checking that underage minors are with a responsible adult.”
With Splendour happening so soon, it may be difficult for under-18 ticket holders to find an adult to accompany them to the festival. A spokesperson for NSW Fair Trading mentioned that due to these circumstances, those affected by the new ruling may be entitled to refunds under the state’s consumer protection laws.
There is no required age needed for the adult guardian, but the festival strongly encourages guardians to be at least 25 years old. Children aged 12 and under are not required to have tickets in order to be admitted to the festival, however they must also be accompanied by a ticket-holding guardian at all times.
Splendour In The Grass requires all adult guardians for children aged 15 and under in the festival to fill up the Youth Registration Form to attend the festival with them. The registration form can be found on the festival’s website here.
Accompanying adults are not allowed to enter bars or areas licensed to sell alcohol with the underaged festival-goers in their company. These rules apply to both event and camping ticket holders. For all of the criteria imposed on the adult guardians and underaged festival-goers, head to Splendour’s youth policy page here.
Are any of the Splendour In The Grass artists going to have sideshows in my city?
Of course they are. Tonnes of artists are making their rounds beyond Splendour’s home in the North Byron Parklands. Away from the campgrounds and tents, here are the artists performing sideshows around Australia.
Jul 24 – Melbourne – John Cain Arena (SOLD OUT)
Jul 26 – Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena
Jul 28 – Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena
The Strokes, supported by The Chats and The Lazy Eyes
Jul 26 – Melbourne – John Cain Arena (SOLD OUT)
Jul 28 / 29 – Sydney – Hordern Pavilion (SOLD OUT)
Tyler, The Creator, supported by Tierra Whack
Jul 22 – Auckland – Spark Arena
Jul 26 – Perth – RAC Arena
Jul 29 / 30 – Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena
Aug 2 / 3 – Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena
Liam Gallagher, supported by Pond, Hayley Mary and Old Mervs
Jul 21 – Auckland – Spark Arena
Jul 23 – Sydney – Aware Super Theatre
Jul 27 – Melbourne – John Cain Arena
Jul 30 – Perth – HBF Stadium
Duke Dumont, supported by Torren Foot and Tseba
Jul 22 – Melbourne – John Cain Arena (18+)
Jul 20 – Perth – HBF Stadium
Jul 25 / 26 – Sydney – Roundhouse (SOLD OUT)
Jul 28 / 29 – Melbourne – Forum (SOLD OUT)
Jul 31 – Auckland – Trusts Arena (SOLD OUT)
Yungblud, supported by Peach PRC and Karin Ann
Jul 20 – Auckland – Shed 10
Jul 23 – Brisbane – Fortitude Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
Jul 24 – Adelaide – Thebarton Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Jul 27 – Sydney – Hordern Pavilion
Jul 28 – Melbourne – John Cain Arena
Jul 30 – Perth – Astor Theatre
Jungle, supported by Glass Beans (for Sydney and Melbourne shows only)
Jul 20 – Hobart – Uni Bar (18+)
Jul 23 – Melbourne – Palais Theatre
Jul 24 – Sydney – Enmore Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Jul 26 – Auckland – Auckland Town Hall
Mura Masa, supported by Daine
Jul 22 – Melbourne – Forum (18+)
Jul 23 – Sydney – Enmore Theatre
Jul 27 – Auckland – Auckland Town Hall
Aitch, supported by Nerve
Jul 22 – Perth – Metro City (18+)
Jul 26 – Sydney – Enmore Theatre
Jul 27 – Melbourne – Forum (SOLD OUT)
Jul 28 – Adelaide – The Gov (15+)
Jul 30 – Wellington – San Fran (SOLD OUT)
Jul 31 – Auckland – Powerstation (SOLD OUT)
Oliver Tree, supported by Mia Rodriguez
Jul 19 – Sydney – Enmore Theatre
Jul 21 – Melbourne – Forum (18+) (SOLD OUT)
Jul 25 – Auckland – Auckland Town Hall
Jul 20 – Sydney – Enmore Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Jul 24 / 25 – Melbourne – Forum (SOLD OUT)
Dillon Francis, supported by Benson
Jul 21 – Melbourne – 170 Russell (18+)
Jul 23 – Sydney – Roundhouse (18+)
Jul 21 – Auckland – Powerstation (18+)
Jul 27 – Melbourne – 170 Russell (18+)
Jul 28 – Sydney – Metro Theatre (18+)
Jul 19 – Melbourne – Northcote Theatre (18+)
Jul 20 – Melbourne – Northcote Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Jul 21 – Sydney – Enmore Theatre
Jul 26 – Auckland – Powerstation (SOLD OUT)
Sofi Tukker, supported by Set Mo and Wiggz (for Sydney and Melbourne shows only)
Jul 23 – Melbourne – Forum (18+) (SOLD OUT)
Jul 24 – Sydney – Roundhouse
Jul 28 – Adelaide – Lions Art Factory (18+)
Jul 29 – Perth – Astor Theatre
Still Woozy, supported by Golden Vessel
Jul 20 – Melbourne – 170 Russell (SOLD OUT)
Jul 21 – Sydney – Metro Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Jul 27 – Sydney – Factory Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Jul 29 – Melbourne – Corner Hotel (SOLD OUT)
Jul 31 – Auckland – Tuning Fork
Biig Piig, supported by YB.
Jul 20 – Sydney – Factory Theatre
Jul 21 – Melbourne – Corner Hotel (18+)
Jul 25 – Auckland – Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
Joy Crookes, supported by Liyah Knight
Jul 19 – Melbourne – 170 Russell (SOLD OUT)
Jul 20 – Sydney – Metro Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Jul 24 – Auckland – Powerstation (18+) (SOLD OUT)
Wet Leg, supported by The Buoys (for Sydney and Melbourne shows only)
Jul 20 – Melbourne – Margaret Court Arena
Jul 21 – Melbourne – Howler (SOLD OUT)
Jul 24 – Sydney – Hordern Pavilion
Jul 25 – Sydney – Oxford Art Factory (SOLD OUT)
Jul 26 – Melbourne – Northcote Social Club (18+)
Jul 28 – Sydney – The Lair (18+)
Jul 30 – Auckland – Tuning Fork
Tai Verdes, supported by merci, mercy and Cody Jon
Jul 22 – Sydney – Metro Theatre (18+)
Jul 24 – Melbourne – 170 Russell (18+)
Starcrawler, supported by VOIID (Sydney) / These New South Whales (Melbourne)
Jul 20 – Sydney – Oxford Art Factory (18+)
Jul 23 – Melbourne – The Espy (18+)
Dayglow, supported by Kesmar
Jul 25 – Sydney – Metro Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Jul 26 – Melbourne – The Espy (18+) (SOLD OUT)
Jul 27 – Melbourne – Corner Hotel (18+) (SOLD OUT)
Maxo Kream, supported by Melodownz
Jul 23 – Sydney – Metro Theatre (18+)
Jul 24 – Melbourne – Corner Hotel (18+)