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Build your own Splendour with some of the stellar sideshows hitting our local venues

Missed out on tickets to SITG? Or just can’t be bothered to battle the 18 hour drive up to Byron Bay? What ever your reason may be for missing the festival, you can still get a slice of the SITG action sans tent pegs, gumboots and over-priced beer.

Robert DeLong

Ding Dong Lounge, Jul 23

American EDM newbie Rebort Delong will be bringing his one-man-live-show to the Ding Dong Lounge after he hits Splendour in the Grass. Don't expect a run of the mill DJ set though; DeLong brings some pretty sweet live elements to all of his sets, courtesy of infectious percussion and live vocals. Get excited stat.


Corner Hotel, Jul 23

On top of their first full length feature album, If You Leave, indie band Daughter made headlines this year with their hypnotic cover of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'. On the back of this success, the trio are set to support Sigur Rós and will be playing at the Glastonbury Festival later this year. Luckily, they've left some room in their busy schedule to come down under for SITG and accompanying sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne.


The Hi-Fi, Jul 24

HAIM (not like the deli meat, say it like it rhymes with 'time') will be making their first trip to Australia to play Splendour in the Grass, and will also be playing their sunny pop jams at the Hi-Fi. The girls cite influences like Fleetwood Mac and TLC, fusing RnB, folk and poppy '90s hooks, and will be sure to have the Hi-Fi bouncing along to their catchy-as singles, 'Falling' (or should we say 'Round the Twist') and 'Save Me'.

Surfer Blood

Corner Hotel, Jul 24

The boys have announced a one night only sideshow for when they head down to Melbourne. With the band currently touring with the Foals across the States, and their second album, Pythons, dropping in June, it's set to be a momentous show.

Everything Everything

Corner Hotel, Jul 26

Everything Everything's husky-heaving single 'Cough Cough' crept into the tail-end of the Hottest 100 and their angular indie pop album Arc has been getting a fair few plays at Time Out HQ. Before they head up the coast to play Splendour in the Grass, the foursome will be bringing their crafty melodies and smart pop hooks to the Corner.


Corner Hotel, Jul 27

Californian boys Wavves will be touring to Australia off the back of their latest release Afraid of Heights. The record sees the boys mature a bit with the subversively symphonic 'Sail to the Sun', while still sticking to their stoner rock roots with tracks like the despondent 'Everything Is My Fault' and 'That's On Me. They will be supported by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who will warm up the crowd with their fuzzy psychedelic pop tunes.

Jake Bugg

Corner Hotel, Jul 28

In his short whirlwind career, Bugg has played Glastonbury (at the tender age of 17), sound tracked parts of the London Olympic games with his aptly titled track 'Lightning Bolt' and has garnered a heck of a lot of buzz. He will now be making his way to Melbourne for a sideshow at the Corner Hotel after he plays SITG. Also, he was born in 1994. Doesn't that make you feel a little old?

Ms Mr

The Hi-Fi, Jul 29

After killing it at Laneway Festival earlier on this year, Ms Lizzy Plapinger and Mr Max Hershenow are returning to Australia to play Splendour in the Grass.

Palma Violets

Northcote Social Club, Jul 29

Palma Violets will be extending their fan base across Australia with a couple of sideshows announced. The UK band, recently crowned the 'best new band of 2013' by NME will be playing tracks off their album 180 in a one-night-only performance in Melbourne.

Cold War Kids

The Hi-Fi, Jul 30

Californian indie rockers return to Australia to play the sold out Splendour in the Grass Festival at Byron Bay. Couldn’t get your hands on one of these highly coveted tickets? No worries – there are still plenty available to see the Cold War Kids play a one-off in Melbourne, featuring songs from their new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts.

James Blake

Palais Theatre, Jul 31

James Blake will be returning and complementing his mega-fest appearance with a more intimate gig at the Palais. His latest release, Overgrown, sees the electronic music producer buried up to the neck in accolades... so we don't need to tell you that this show will be pretty great.

Of Monsters and Men

Palais Theatre, Aug 3

It's sideshow season! And one of the first off the block is Icelandic folk-pop outfit: Of Monster and Men. If you missed out on SITG tickets, fear not! The smooth, nordic sounds of OMAM are still within your reach - book early though, these tickets will be snapped up fast.

Bernard Fanning

Palace Theatre, Aug 9

Despite being an elder statesman of Aussie rock nowadays, Benard Fanning still manages to sound as fresh as he ever did – witness the first single off his upcoming album, 'Battleships'. If you missed out on tickets to Splendour this year this is your on opportunity to see the great man himself, back after far too long.

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Updated on 3 Dec 2013.

By Jordan Kretchmer   |  

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