This year’s Splendour lineup is so large and wonderful, I present to you a second run of must-see acts from the smaller font on the poster!
It's about time I show some local love: The Rubens are my favourite new Australian band on the bill. It's an easy call to make as their only release so far in their short career (they only formed in Feb 2011!), the single Don't Ever Want To Be Found with B-side Lay It Down, is as infectious as anything you've heard from world-beaters, The Black Keys. The smooth, soulful vibes of Lay It Down are highly make-out conducive, making their Sunday afternoon set the perfect time to consolidate a newfound romance.
They've come a long way from the tiny town of Menangle (half way between Sydney and Wollongong) to sell out four shows in Melbourne and three in Sydney on their last tour. They're sure to play a whole swag of unreleased songs that will be an exciting teaser to their much-anticipated debut album, so don't sleep in and miss your chance to catch them in a small crowd and score a cheeky smooch!
If you want to see some out-of-the-ordinary music (without getting lost in the Tipi Forest), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble should be on top of your list. As the name suggests, the eight piece band of brothers from Chicago contains solely tubular horn players, with only one exception being the drummer.
Even if this doesn't sound like your bag, it doesn't bother Hypnotic - the reason they call themselves 'Hypnotic' is because they "want to touch people that don't want to be touched… 'cause we get into your mind."
Starting out playing city streets and subways, Hypnotic have gone on to collaborate and perform with such esteemed acts as Prince, Mos Def, Gorillaz, Wu Tang Clan, Erykah Badu, the B52's and many more. They now sell out their own shows and are known around the universe for their blistering live shows, so you can count on them to get the party started on the Friday afternoon.
Fans of last year's uber popular Broken Bells album take note - you will love Electric Guest. Apart from both boasting super producer Danger Mouse (Beck, Gnarls Barkley, The Black Keys et al), the bands have a similar melodic, yet slightly experimental sound where they somehow manage to sound old and new at the same time.
For all their similarities, what sets Electric Guest apart from Broken Bells is their sense of fun. Songs like Triple J favourite This Head I Hold and Awake will send the Splendour festival crowd bonkers. Expect to gain a third wind on the Sunday afternoon when you stumble into their tent.
Did you miss part one of Adam's Splendour 2012 round up?