Remember when the Splendour In The Grass lineup dropped and about two lines down between Warpaint and Matt Corby was that weird ‘Mystery Oz Act‘ inclusion? You know, the bit of the big announcement that had everyone throwing in their two cents on who it would be. Powderfinger reforming again? The OG lineup of The Wiggles?? Maybe even Savage Garden, completing my demands that they should 100% headline the festival?
Well, the veil has been lifted and now we know exactly who that act is.
A drumroll please, friends.
The mystery band is none other than Ocean Alley, who will be hitting up the North Byron Parklands in July to play a ‘yuge set in the Splendour natural amphitheatre.
They’ll be joining the likes of Childish Gambino, Chance The Rapper, Santogold, Tame Impala, SZA, and heeeeaps more up in Byron Bay this year, and if the gang’s set from Bluesfest last month is anything to go by, it’s going to be a hell of a blissed-out, psych-rock show when the Northern Beaches collective return to the North Coast.
They’ve even been teasing out some new tracks at their recent shows with Splendour-fave, Tash Sultana, so this set is probably going to be pretty special.
The Splendour stage is a pretty natural fit for the Ocean Alley fam, considering they topped the Triple J Hottest 100 this year with their chilled-out track ‘Confidence‘ AND smashed out one of the biggest Like A Version performances last year, tackling Player‘s ‘Baby Come Back‘ with their celebrated funk and soul groove.
Imagine both of those things paired with the gorgeous surroundings of the Byron bushland, and friends, you’ve got a hell of a set. Will it be at the lusted-after Golden Hour set time for maximum vibes? I mean, we can only hope.
Tickets for the whole festival are officially back on sale through the official Splendour In The Grass resale, so clap your peepers around what’s on offer over on the festival’s website and hit up your mates to see whose hotel you can crash for the weekend.Image: Supplied / Charlie Hardy