Who needs headliners? Suss out 5 up-and-coming acts you’d be silly to miss at Splendour 2018

Splendour in the Grass is one of the most hotly anticipated festivals of the year. Along with the vast array of hilarious fake line-ups and speculation over who will make it on the bill, the festival is one of the best ways for lesser known artists to take that next step, and blow up.

The 2018 line up has been released, some taking to social media to complain that Splendour didn’t deliver enough big names, or lament the devastating absence of North-England’s finest, Arctic Monkeys.

With Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar and Lorde playing, I’m not sure what people are complaining about. Further down the ticket, the talent is just as fresh – and if you haven’t heard of these five names, consider them homework for the Splendour In The Grass to come.

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Not enough big names for you at Splendour 2018? Do your homework with these 5 unmissable artists we grabbed from the bottom of the bill.


Woodes aka Elle Graham is a singer, songwriter and producer, who splashed onto the music in 2016 with the release of her internationally received track, The Thaw.

Despite the artist’s far north Queensland upbringing, her tunes are jam packed with wintry vibes – softly whisking you away with beautiful melodies, funky baselines and exquisitely hypnotic vocals.

The ability to combine emotionally provoking lyrics, strong vocals, a sexy melody and a beat to tap your steering wheel to are fast becoming the hallmarks of a Woodes tune.”

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Human Movement

“Genre blending, bass bangin’ duo Human Movement are bringing a new sound to techno music, and they’ll have you moving the whole way there.

Human Movement have quickly been gaining momentum over the last couple of years, releasing their EP Dancing Room, touring nationally and most recently releasing a second EP Subcity. The boys are pumping out music and it just keeps getting better.

On the duo’s favouritism for deep beats, Human Movement elaborates: “We think it’s just the general captivation of low frequencies when listening to it on a big system, it really resonates through your body and has a strong impact on us that way. Low frequencies are like the silent hero within the song that gets everyone hooked.”

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Amyl and The Sniffers

“Proud owners of some of the greatest mullets in music, Amyl and The Sniffers are a brutal throwback to the Aussie pub scene’s prime, knocking back VBs and tearing stages apart all across the country.

With two EPs behind them, Giddy Up and Big Attraction, The Sniffers spit out their own brand of vicious, violent, and sexual pub punk.”

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“If you’re looking for some smooth Aussie hip hop then look no further than newbie Sydney rapper B-Wise aka James Iheakanwa. Writing lyrics since his teens, he was known around his South-Western hood as the go-to house party MC.

Taking us back to the golden age of hip hop, his ’90s style rhymes are all soul and no rich rap bullshit. True to his rep of dishing out confrontational lyrics, his mixtapes share gritty tales of growing up in a biracial household and his everyday struggle to keep on the straight and narrow. Rapping about the good, the bad and the ugly, B Wise really wears his heart on his sleeve, which makes his jams all the more smooth.”

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The Babe Rainbow

“Colourful babes, The Babe Rainbow are brought to you by Angus Dowling, Kool Breeze and Dr. Elliot Love-Wisdom.

They are masters of magical music and like to hang out at cafes in their hometown Byron. Simply enchanting and colourful, they bring the best out of Byron and belong to the bay.”

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Tickets for Splendour in the Grass 2018 go on sale through Moshtix from 9:00am AEST Thursday 19 April. Jump over to the Splendour website for details.