Caroline Australia is thrilled to announce a stacked lineup of label artists for Splendour In The Grass 2019, including the return of UK rock heavyweights Catfish and the Bottlemen, acclaimed British rapper Dave, indie rock favourites Warpaint, beloved LA-based band Local Natives and homegrown heroes PONDand Harvey Sutherland (DJ Set).
Splendour In The Grass will take place from Friday, 19th – Sunday, 21st July at North Byron Parklands. Head to the website for more info about the festival and ticketing.
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN
Catfish and the Bottlemen are practically of “no fixed abode” due to near constant touring and recording since 2014, when their platinum-certified debut album The Balcony surfaced. With new singles “Longshot“, “2all” and “Fluctuate” winning hearts their new album The Balance announced for an April 26th release (to follow their 2016 gold-certified album The Ride) the band is led out of the studio and onto even bigger stages by venerated frontman and songwriter, Van McCann, along with Johnny Bond (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass), and Bob Hall (drums).
Their announcement for Splendour In The Grass 2019 comes following a triumphant summer that saw them command headline slots across several major UK festivals, and break new ground internationally appearing at top festivals in Italy, Spain, France, and the United States. The past eighteen months has seen the band claim their place as a bona fide arena band at home, adding an already sold-out UK arena tour in February 2019 to an impressive list of previously conquered stages.
In just over a year, Streatham, South London-born grime artist Dave (aka Santan Dave) has skyrocketed into the public consciousness as an artist like no other. From becoming the youngest ever winner of an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song for his 2017 politically-charged single “Question Time“, to amassing over 600 million streams as an independent artist, becoming the second artist to debut at No. 1 in the UK last year (with his Fredo-assisted single “Funky Friday”) and gaining the No. 1 UK chart position and universal acclaim for his debut album ‘PSYCHODRAMA’, Dave has undoubtedly emerged as one of the most important and necessary voices in music today.
West Coast vagabonds POND released their eighth studio album ‘Tasmania’ in March, some kind of sister missive to their 2017 opus ‘The Weather.’
The album is Pond’s dejected meditation on planetary discord, water, machismo, shame, blame and responsibility, love, blood and empire, all wrapped in luxurious, funky prog-pop. Produced and mixed by Kevin Parker and POND, the album is another essential instalment in their always expanding canon.
If you distilled California into soundwaves and vibrations, it might resemble the sonic and spiritual interplay of Los Angeles quintet Local Natives. Hills and valleys of six-string bliss, a coastal spray of neon keyboards, and sundrenched melodies comprise a growing catalogue of entrancing and engaging anthems by the band.
Local Natives have progressed their sound over the course of four full-length albums, ‘Gorilla Manor’, ‘Hummingbird’, ‘Sunlit Youth’ and now ‘Violet Street’ (due April 26th via Loma Vista / Caroline Australia) an ode to LA and the spirit of the city in all of its widescreen splendour.
Four-piece band from California, Warpaint have a unique brand of intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals and driving post punk rhythms which combine to create a unique sound.
Both on record and on stage, Warpaint sound like they’re channelling something otherworldly and mystical. Their debut album, ‘The Fool’, was named one of the 50 Best Albums of the Decade by NME and their sophomore album, ‘Warpaint’, saw similar success, debuting in the top 10 of the Billboard Alternative Album Charts well as the U.K. Album Chart and named one of the albums of the year by The Chicago Tribune, LA Magazine, Time Out, NME and American Songwriter.
HARVEY SUTHERLAND (DJ SET)
After steadily making a name for himself amongst Australia’s bubbling electronic underground, Harvey Sutherland began to make international waves in 2013 with a series of successful 12” records. Blending a broad array of crate-digging influences, his initial EPs have been championed by international tastemakers like Gilles Peterson, Jamie xx and The Black Madonna.
Sold-out shows with his impeccable live band followed around the world – including Glastonbury Festival, Nuits Sonores, Meredith Music Festival, Splendour In The Grass and Freedom Time – alongside some unique side-projects: he performed an original cinematic disco suite alongside theMelbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as directing a tour with an 11-piece band in support of New York boogie icon Leroy Burgess.