It’s almost that time of year, as the mercury drops, the gig guide gets hotter. Splendour season is almost upon us people, and there’s just too much for us to handle. So many shows, so many great venues, so many excellent support acts-how do you choose where to spend your hard earned dosh?
We’ve already picked out a few of our favourites, but as the first shows quickly approach, and tickets start to dry up, we thought we’d add a few more recommendations to help you make this hardest of decisions.
So here we are, our Splendour sideshow ‘picks of the bunch’-Part Deus
I’m going to be honest with you- Banks’ debut shows in Australia at Laneway festival a few years back left me slightly underwhelmed. For such a strong debut album, the live show just didn’t seem to cut the mustard. But from what I can see of late, Banks has stepped her game UP. Her new album, The Altar is on constant rotation at Bear Family HQ, she KILLED at Coachella this year and she’s selling out shows left, right and Sydney.
What started as three special sideshows has quickly morphed into five must-see sideshow events, so you’d better be quick to catch one of the strongest acts on the scene right now.
Where to Prepare
Banks’ music is both a little bit sultry, and a little bit underground-chic. So what better way to kick the night off than with a classy, sexy, underground establishment? For those Melbournites amongst us, Juliet is the sister bar to the famous Punch Lane and offers a dimly-lit, sexy soiree kinda vibe for those looking to sip cocktails and look mysterious. Their cocktails are great and they have a Raclette dish on the menu- you know the one, where they swipe hot, melty cheese into your greedy, greedy mouth. Actually, the hot cheese kinda kills the dark, classy vibe but who can resist the insta-sensation that is melty cheese?
Tuesday 18 July – The Astor Theatre, Perth
Saturday, 22 July- Max Watt’s, Sydney (just added)
Sunday 23 July – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 25 July – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne (sold out)
Wednesday 26 July – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne (just added)
Splendour is always full of cool cats, but none come quite close to Bishop Briggs, she of hit single Wild Horses fame. If you haven’t heard Wild Horses, then welcome back from your time under the rock-it’s serious earworm material-look it up right meow. Her first visit to Australia, Bishop Briggs and special guest Mookhi are set to bring the cool for some of the most anticipated Splendour sideshows of the year. It will be a seriously high energy, fun show-just make sure you bring whatever fragments of street cred/style you have, lest you get left behind by the inevitable crowd of trendies that will fill the venue.
Where to Prepare
For such a high energy show, you’re gonna need energy. And the best god-damn feed in Sydney is luckily, just up the road from Oxford Arts factory! Mr Crackles is a late night institution amongst Sydney-siders, but why battle it out with the drunk, high and happy punters AFTER the show when you can enjoy their delicious, hearty rolls in the comfort of your own sobriety before a gentle stroll down the hill to enter the throng of the Bishop Briggs mosh. Try the Sticky BBQ Pork-it’s heavenly.
Thu 20 July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Fri 21 July – Howler, Melbourne