Splendour Sideshow-Mania

How about that Splendour In The Grass hey? At precisely 9am yesterday over 30,000 Splendour tickets went on sale and after a few short hours, a mountain of bandwidth and some furious digital queuing, every single ticket to 2010’s most Splendid three day hangover disappeared by mid-afternoon. But with a lineup that includes The Strokes, Pixies, LCD Soundsystem and Grizzly Bear plus non-band draw cards like killer Nepalese food and a Tipi Forest comprised entirely of dreadlocks, open-mindedness and psytrance, of course it did.

For those who missed out, the recent spate of Splendour sideshow announcements may go someway to consoling your missed ticket/slow internet connection/failure to wake up before midday. Hell, if you’re an expert at time management Tetris, you could reconstruct all the Splendour festival highlights in your own city. Except of course the best component, that magical Tipi Forest comprised entirely of dreadlocks, open-mindedness and psytrance. There’s no substitute for that.

We are particularly excited about a couple of shows that Pedestrian is presenting: seeing Foals play the new tunes from their incredibly good new record Total Life Forever will be amazing, and indie dance Irish youths Two Door Cinema Club will be on their very first visit to our fine shores to show off the talents that landed them a contract with super cool French label Kitsune.

Frightened Rabbit
Monday, August 2: The HiFi, Melbourne
Tuesday, August 3: Factory Theatre, Sydney

Wednesday, July 28: Metro Theatre, Sydney
Thursday, July 29: Prince of Wales, Melbourne

Broken Social Scene
Tuesday, August 3: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Wednesday, August 4: Metro Theatre, Sydney

Band Of Horses
Thursday, July 22: Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
Tuesday, July 27: The Palace, Melbourne
Thursday, July 29: Enmore Theatre, Sydney

The Magic Numbers
Wednesday, July 28: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Friday, July 30: Metro Theatre, Sydney

We Are Scientists and Ash
Tuesday, August 3: Metro Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday, August 4: Billboard, Melbourne

Surfer Blood
Friday, July 30: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tuesday, August 3: Manning Bar, Sydney

Thursday 29 July – Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney
Tuesday 3 August – Palace Theatre, Melbourne

Kate Nash
Wednesday 4th August – The Corner, Melbourne
Thursday 5th August – The Metro, Sydney

Laura Marling
Monday 2nd August – The Metro, Sydney
Wednesday 4th August – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne
Saturday 7th August – The Gov, Adelaide
Sunday 8th August – The Capitol, Perth

Band Of Skulls
Tuesday 3rd August – OAF, Sydney
Wednesday 4th August – East Brunswick Club, Melbourne

Tuesday, July 27: The Hi-Fi, Melbourne
Wednesday, July 28: Manning Bar, Sydney

Jonsi (Sigur Ros)
Monday, August 2: Enmore, Sydney
Wednesday, August 4: Palace Theatre, Melbourne

Passion Pit
Monday, August 2: The Forum, Sydney
Thursday, August 5: The Prince Bandroom, Melbourne

Two Door Cinema Club
Thursday, July 29: Unibar, Adelaide
Monday, August 2: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Tuesday, August 3: East Brunswick Club, Melbourne

And as we’ve previously announced…

LCD Soundystem and Hot Chip
Monday, July 26: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Thursday, July 29: Festival Hall, Melbourne

Grizzly Bear
Sunday, July 25: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday, July 27 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Title Image by Mark Metcalfe via Getty