Here we go again, you guys! Another year has ticked over on the annual calendar, which means it’s time to begin Completely Tenuous Splendour In The Grass Lineup Speculation for the new vintage. After we made the very early wager that the newly-reformed Stone Roses could be a strong possibility for the 2012 Splendour bill, the latest act we’re going to throw in the ring is Jack White.
There have been whispers suggesting Jack was bound for Byron Bay, but the most
concrete compelling indicator that he’ll be joining us in July is his 2012 world tour dates. Mr White just unveiled his 2012 touring calender and, for Splendour speculators, there are a couple of notable details about the list of dates. Firstly, he has booked several festival spots as opposed to a run of solo shows which bodes well for a festival appearance if Jack does tour Australia. Secondly, one of those tour dates is for Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival which runs from 27 to 29 July – the same weekend that Splendour 2012 will fall. It’s not unusual for big international acts to do the Fuji-Splendour back-to-back appearances, in fact it’s pretty common.
With one band, Django Django, already having spilled the beans about being on the 2012 Splendour lineup, it won’t be long before other acts get foiled by prying music journalists. Just don’t expect any international A-List headliners like Kanye West and Coldplay in 2011. Splendour In The Grass organisers announced a return to the festival’s history of featuring excellent middle-tier headline acts (like Sonic Youth (2006), The Flaming Lips (2009).
Hopefully this tactic will help improve on the unusually slow ticket sales from last year’s event which, while not the most expensive festival in the world, was pretty damn steep, with the premium booking cost of Kanye and Coldplay thought to be responsible for the price boost.
More Completely Tenuous Splendour In The Grass Lineup Speculation is sure to come in the near future, so until next time…
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