Just like last year, I'm going to list my picks on each day of the line-up so you will have the most FOMO-inducing time out of all your friends.
Baptism of Uzi (12:30pm Supertop) – If you didn't succumb to the excitement of arriving to the festival on Thursday and staying up all night, get in there early for Baptism of Uzi. Anyone who listens to Triple J even casually would've heard their new single Stray Current on very high rotation over the last few weeks, but that's not all they've got to offer. I saw them support Michael Rother (Krautrock legend) last year and they put on a really tight show.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra (4:30pm GW McLennan) – If you're like the rest of us and did succumb to the excitement of arriving at the festival the night before, you'll certainly be much more comfortable with getting there at 4:30. There are few better bands to ease you in to the festival experience than Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Their hip-hop breaks, fuzzy lo-fi guitar, and catchy melodies will help you gently slide those first few drinks down until you're well lubricated for the night ahead.
Flight Facilities (8:30pm Mix Up) – By this stage you should be feeling festive, with dancing shoes firmly on feet. If there's one thing Flight Facilities do best, it's get a crowd dancing. The masked duo had an absolutely packed crowd at Oh Hello constantly moving at their headline gig back in May and will surely do the same with 10,000+ people at Splendour. A little birdy tells me they'll have four guest vocalists on stage with them for the gig, including George Maple, Owl Eyes, and Elizabeth Rose, so this is one not to miss! And if you're really keen, they'll be playing a DJ set of one decade exclusively (a la their famous Decade Mixes) at the Smirnoff Bar from 12am-1am. Which would you prefer: '70s, '80s, '90s, or '00s?
Jagwar Ma (2:00pm Mix Up) – Again, this timeslot might be a little bit early for those partying hard the night before, but you're there for a good time not a long time, and Jagwar Ma will surely show you a good time. This duo is one of the most exciting bands to come out of Australia recently and have received unanimous international praise for their debut album Howlin. Their Beach Boys inspired melodies and '90s acid rave beats are simply a festival no-brainer. If you have any doubt, I'll let their incredible track The Throw convince you.
Cloud Control (5:15 GW McLennan) – Everyone who heard it loved their debut album Bliss Release when it came out back in 2010. Who could forget Gold Canary? If you're like me and have been dying for some new songs, well they're back home from writing in the UK to support their upcoming new album. They're sure to play some new tracks, plus all the favourites, for a perfect Saturday afternoon sundown session.
The Bamboos (3:30pm Mix Up) – I was lucky enough to accidentally catch this soul/funk band's super-fun set at Bluesfest this year. The 9-piece band were playing last on the last night, but still managed to keep the revellers out on their feet dancing. The highlight of the set was Tim Rogers from You Am I surprising the audience by joining them for three songs, including their hit together I Got Burned, towards the end of the set. The second best highlight was Rogers stripping off parts of his white suit at crucial moments of the songs until he was on stage in nothing but his pants. You Am I are also on the Splendour line-up, so this spectacle will surely be on display again. Do not miss it!
James Blake (8:30pm Mix Up) – I've heard mixed reports about his set at Splendour '11—I wasn't there, but I can understand, 2-3pm on a steamy afternoon are not the best conditions for Blake's music. I was, however, at his sideshow that year and it was amazing. I think this later timeslot, coupled with the excellent songs on his new album, will see him garner undisputed praise this time.
Frank Ocean (11:00pm) – This one's an absolute no-brainer. See you there!
What: Splendour In The Grass Festival
Where: Yelgun (20-25mins north of Byron Bay)
When: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July
Tickets: Re-sale tickets available through Moshtix until July 20
Image Credit: Gifted and Talented