HOOLEY BLOODY DOOLEY do we ever have the hot scoop for you!
Splendour in the Grass is preparing to drop its (we’ve heard) STACKED 2017 lineup early tomorrow morning. But this afternoon we’ve gone ahead and gotten the inside track for you.
While the festival will not reveal who is and isn’t on the bill for the biggest non-touring Australian music festival this year, one artist has gone ahead and erased all doubt for us.
Folks, hold on to your butts, because the almighty PHOENIX…
…will NOT be appearing at Splendour this year.
They’ll be in Austria instead.
A U S T R I A.
Big bloody Europe.
The band fronted by Thomas Mars announced a sweeping world tour today after months of teasing potential new music. The band hasn’t released an album since 2013’s ‘Bankrupt!‘ but this quite all-encompassing tour indicates that something might not be too far off.
And as it turns out, when Splendour rolls into Byron Bay from July 21 until July 23, Phoenix will be visiting our similarly-named brethren in Austria for the Out of the Woods festival alongside Alt-J, Feist, and Foals.
That fest runs from July 20th until the 22nd, but the band also has a date on the 22nd in Rome, all-but ruling out the possibility of a flying visit to northern NSW in time to close out the festival’s Sunday night proceedings; a 20-odd hour flight time from Rome to Sydney puts paid to that.
The slightly better news, however, is that they are kind of coming to our part of the world a little later in the year. The band is visiting Indonesia from August 11th onwards, taking in Bali and Jakarta, before moving on up to the Philippines and Japan. We’re not say there’s an Australian-tour sized gap in their schedule between Rome and Bali. But we’re not not saying that, either.
If you’re planning on flying overseas, you can line up your dates around their huge world tour by checking them all out at Phoenix‘s website.
Now then. Are we sorry for the merciless bait-and-switch headline? A little.
But in a much more honest way, we are not.
Not even at all.