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Splendour in the Grass Is Bringing a New Nine-Day Music Festival to Sydney Next Month

It's like Splendour, but in the city.
By Ben Hansen
June 17, 2021
By Ben Hansen
June 17, 2021

Splendour in the Grass is back this July, but not as we know it. The blockbuster Byron Bay music festival is packing its bags and road tripping down to Sydney to launch a new nine-day festival at the city's Overseas Passenger Terminal. Splendour in the City will run from Saturday, July 10–Sunday, July 18 in the lead up to Splendour's virtual festival Splendour XR, which will kick off the following week.

Across the lineup, music fans will find an array of beloved Australian artists — plus two stacked nights of stand-up comedy and a whole heap of extras that are aiming to recreate as much of the OG Splendour in the Grass experience as possible. While you won't get caught knee-deep in mud or have to climb North Byron Parklands' heartbreak hill to reach the main stage, you'll still find art installations, a range of dining options and food trucks, specialty bars from the likes of The Winery and The Strummer Bar, markets, a Little Splendour kids program and a VR pop-up at Splendour in the City.

Taking over the 900-person Customs Hall and 400-person Cargo Hall, the lineup ranges from Splendour in the Grass mainstays such as Violent Soho, Illy, Vera Blue, Dune Rats and Tash Sultana to fresher faces like Spacey Jane, Masked Wolf, Ziggy Ramo and Triple One. Some local Sydney and Wollongong artists will also be popping up including Big Twisty, A.Girl and The Lazy Eyes — with the latter launching their second EP at the festival. Then, across at the Comedy Club, you'll find the likes of Nazeem Hussein, Nikki Britton, Tom Ballard, Nath Valvo and Triple J's Michael Hing and Lewis Hobba.

2021 will be the second year in a row that Splendour in the Grass won't welcome patrons come July. The full-sized Byron Bay edition of the music festival is currently scheduled for November with headliners Tyler the Creator, The Strokes and Gorillaz; however, that's reliant upon COVID-19 restrictions allowing the event to take place.

Ocean Alley


Customs Hall
Saturday, July 10 — Spacey Jane
Sunday, July 11 — Tash Sultana
Wednesday, July 14 — Ocean Alley and Clews
Thursday, July 15 — Illy, Masked Wolf and A.Girl
Friday, July 16 — Running Touch
Saturday, July 17 — Vera Blue and Cxloe
Sunday, July 18 — Violent Soho

Cargo Hall
Saturday, July 10 — Nikki Britton, Tom Ballard, Michael Hing and more
Sunday, July 11 — Nazeem Hussein, Nath Valvo, Lewis Hobba and more
Monday, July 12 — Big Twisty and the Funknasty
Wednesday, July 14 — The Southern River Band and Vast Hill
Thursday, July 15 — Ziggy Ramo and Alice Skye
Friday, July 16 — Triple One
Saturday, July 17 (Early) — The Lazy Eyes
Saturday, July 17 (Late) — Ebony Boadu Presents
Sunday, July 18 — Dune Rats and Totty

Splendour in the City will run from Saturday, July 10–Sunday, July 18 at Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, June 18.

Published on June 17, 2021 by Ben Hansen
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