Coldplay fans Down Under - mark your calendars for May 5, when tickets go on sale for Australia's innovatively green Splendour In The Grass festival at Byron Bay. This non-corporate, small-capacity festival is unfurling its flag July 29-31, featuring Coldplay, Kanye West and 79 other acts on three stages.
In both 2009 and 2010, the event sold out in a few hours, and this year the same is expected, with tickets going on sale May 9 at 9 a.m. EST through Moshtix or by phone on 1300 GET TIX (438 849). Tickets range from AUD$401.50 to AUD$525.60 (around €290 to €380). The event will be held at Woodfordia in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland between July 29-31.
Going? The latest discussion on the 2011 Splendour In The Grass date is at the Coldplay Live forum now (including a taste of the festival from last year's promotional video) [thanks njshaw, Natascha, SueDeNimes, I_saw_sparks_87]
Even by the standards of the southern hemisphere's obsession with music festivals, Splendour in the Grass, now in its 11th year, gets the nod in all the important areas - from line-up, location and atmosphere through to originality and eco-friendliness. Plus the event incorporates big name acts with an arts program, along with a marketplace, workshops, spa treatments, and a global food fair to keep attendees entertained.
The Splendour festival combines a relatively small capacity (only 15,000 tickets every year, in comparison to the notorious Big Day Out with upwards of 50,000) with a collection of headline acts that come for the festival and stay for the weekend.
Coldplay's place on the festival lineup had been a persistent rumour ever since they were announced on the Fuji Rock lineup back in March. Earlier this week Herald Sun music journalist Nui Te Koha also declared on Twitter that “Coldplay [are] coming for splendour in the grass. no side shows” so the rumour certainly seems to be gathering steam. But leading the US contingent will be Kanye West to promote his much-hyped latest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Splendour will also be his only Aussie show. On-again, off-again veteran rockers Pulp are on the bill after announcing their reunion in January and will be warming up for Splendour at the Isle of Wight festival in June before heading Down Under.
Speaking of on-again off-again rock veterans, Jane's Addiction will take care of alternative music fans' needs, along with Swedish punk rockers The Hives and Melbourne punk mainstays The Living End. Californian indie rockers Grouplove are also heading over, along with Grammy Award-winning prog rockers The Mars Volta.
There to mellow the mood for her only 2011 show anywhere in the world will be Russian indie-folk angel Regina Spektor. Other Britrock acts making an appearance are indie rock duo The Kills, Gomez, Elbow and The Vaccines. Indie group Glasvegas are coming from Scotland, while Friendly Fires and Cornershop will also be there.
There are plenty of local acts on the bill, including Melbourne pop group Architecture in Helsinki, ARIA award-winning hip hop outfit Bliss n Esso, The Panics, Cloud Control, Gotye, Boy and Bear and The Middle East. Last year's triplej Unearthed winners Jinja Safari will be there, along with this year's winners which will be announced before the event.
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