Splendour in the Grass is going virtual. This year will see the inaugural online edition of Australia’s favourite festival, Splendour XR.
The magic of Splendour in the Grass is in the collision of music, art and culture. Taking five in the Splendour in the Crafts tent when you’re on the precipice of an exhaustion collapse after schlepping it from stage to stage. There’s so much to the Splendour experience outside the music. Let’s take a look through all the other earthly delights on offer.
If ya consider yourself a bit of a fezzie Žižek, The Forum is the home for you. This year will see politicians, poets, academics, journalists, actors, educators, writers, composers, comedians and scientists come together at The Forum.
You’ll be privvy to conversations about the future of drugs, consent, music and mental health, gaming soundtracks, AI bias and more. From the likes of Grace Tame, Adam Spencer, Ethan Nadelmann, David Nutt, Mick Palmer, Fiona Patten Mp, Dr David Caldicott, Zara Seidler, Chanel Contos, Saxon Mullins, Tarang Chawla, Brandon Friedman, Lucy Wark, Marieke Hardy, Emilie Zoey Baker, Wafia, Steph Tisdell, Cassie Workman, Michelle Brasier, Brodie Lancaster, 360, Kira Puru, Dr Eddie Mullen, Winona Gray-levett, Melissa Keller-tuberg, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Dr Suelette Dreyfus, Uwe Aickelin, Christopher Knaus, Lucie Krahulcova, Ella Jakubowska and Konstantinos Komaitis.
The Global Village is Splendour XR’s mindfulness hub. It’s a meeting place for culture and performance. Delve headfirst into rich First Nations wisdom as you learn about native bush tucker, meditation to connect to country, decolonisation, rewilding, storytelling, sound healing and spirituality.
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Taoist philosophy will be at the forefront with philosophy and consciousness, tantric wisdom and Kundalini dance, movement mediation, sexuality, tapping, yoga and environmental education. And enjoy performances as varied as cabaret, spoken word and storytelling, circus arts, music, drum and dance and more.
The Global Village program will feature the likes of Delta Kay, Jarmbi Miles, Ella Noah Bancroft, Sally Mustang, Teddi Emerald, Whaia, Kumu Pa’a Kawika Foster, Kate Nelson, Loqi & Dar Pan, Leyolah Antara & Sol Farina, Dane Tomas, Alexis Sabatino, Victoria Redbard, Gabriel Otu, The Boy Of Many Colors, Hayden Hack, Murray Kyle, Serenity Jane, The Space Cowboy And The Brunswick Picture House Cheeky Cabaret.
A bunch of the brightest names in Australian comedy will be joining forces at Splendour’s Comedy Club, with appearances from
As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine, and at times like these we could all do with a jab of that (any jab actually)! Make your way to Splendour XR’s giggle-inducing Comedy Club for a bevy of Australia’s most debaucherously funny humans, dishing up the lols.
Featuring Nazeem Hussain, Anne Edmonds, Tom Ballard, Nath Valvo, Zoë Coombs Marr, Geraldine Hickey, Michelle Brasier, Harley Breen, Lloyd Langford, Greg Larsen, Ivan Aristeguieta, Alex Ward, Sonia Di Iorio, Tim Hewitt, Luka Muller, Kirsty Webeck, Emma Holland And Scout Boxall.
I have never been brave enough to venture into the Tipi Forest, more of a wallowing to Sigur Rós at the GW McLennan tent bitch myself. If you’re the kind of person that’s able to let all inhibitions go, Splendour XR has planned a spectacular virtual iteration of Tipi Forest.
There’ll be performances from Pril Kerry, Hypnotech, Staunch, Mama Quilla, Morgazmk, Purple Hayes, Skram, Surge, Taya, & Tetrameth Plus Original Set Design And Lighting By Spectacle Art And Vj Visuals From Eyebyte, Just Chuck, & John Carolan.
Little Splendour XR
Distract the young whippersnappers with Splendour’s XR’s Little Splendour, with clowns, balloon artists, craft, recycling and other entertainment.
Poppy Galactic And The Beat, Red Rocket 3, Dirtgirl, Scrapboy, The Mini Moshers, Tiptoe Giants, Shorty Brown, Tony Twist, Gareth From Sound Synergy, Farm Kids, Fiesta Creations, Ariboy, Inspiredance And Dance Lab will keep ya rugrats entertained.
Splendour XR will air globally on July 24-25 from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tickets available from $19.99 per day / Existing Splendour in the Grass IRL ticket holders receive $2.50 off early bird purchase. You can purchase tickets here
Splendour XR Lineup
Band Of Horses
Cat & Calmell
The Southern River Band
Grimes Metaverse (Super Beta)
Of Monsters And Men
Hot Dub Time Machine
The Jungle Giants
What So Not
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Amyl And The Sniffers