With just one month to go until we gather at North Byron Parklands for one almighty splendid reunion, we’re back with more Splendour in the Grass for you to explore!
There’s an alternate universe of Splendour in the Grass beyond the main stages, where world music and wellness reigns, where mesmerised mates dance amongst Tipis and where punters, pollies and panellists collide to debate, deliberate, speculate and contemplate. Prepare to be astounded by interactive and immersive visual arts, stunned by science and tickled by Australia’s funniest comedians.
Splendour in the Grass presents the 2022 edition of Global Village, Tipi Forest, Splendour Forum, Science Tent, Splendour Arts, Splendour Comedy and Little Splendour. Go forth and explore!
WELCOME TO COUNTRY
Splendour in the Grass takes place on Minjungbal Country. The Welcome to Country is an ancient protocol, that can only be shared by the Traditional Owners of the land, to ensure the safety of all visitors. The 2022 Welcome to Country will feature Minyungbal dance group Mirrigingi Ngari showcasing the Minyungbal way of life through storytelling, dance, language and culture alongside internationally acclaimed former Bangarra member, Waangeenga Blanco who will choreograph and perform a unique piece of work to honour his own experience of connecting to Country.
Music will be composed by Greg Sinclair featuring a prayer spoken by Ella Bancroft in Bundjalung language with traditional instrumentation including Yidaki, clap sticks, WARUP (long drum from the torres strait ) and the GOR (a seed shaker also from the Torres Strait Islands).
We urge all Splendour’s patrons to pause and focus on the Welcome to Country, take a moment to connect to the land and to pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Splendour’s cultural melting pot returns bigger and better in 2022! More transcendental than ever, Global Village is an inspiring oasis, home to The Bohemian Lounge, The World Stage, Healing Sanctuary, and the Village Green. This year Global Village is excited to introduce two brand-new destinations – the Minjungbul Yarn Space and Wellness Workshop Pod – presenting a great mix of culture, sound healing, workshops and performance.
Connect to Country with Traditional custodians, learn healthy habits and tap into your inner clairvoyant. Embrace your inner burlesque, dial up your confidence and enjoy performances as varied as cabaret, circus arts, music, drum, dance and more. Get ready to free your mind, body and soul! The rest will follow.
Get set to play hard and get loose at The Tipi Forest, Splendour’s beating heart. Ever evolving and transforming, this legendary outdoor dance stage continues to amaze. Catch original music producers and DJ’s playing fresh beats and a range of genre bending sounds. Step into its immersive creative environment and enjoy luminous light shows, intricate lasers, otherworldly projections and inspiring performance art. Kick off the festival on Thursday evening, dance your way through the day or kick on late after the main stages close. Get ready for a sonic manifestation of pure underground sounds, including Bass, Breaks, Disco, Drum & Bass, Dub, Funk, Glitch, Hip-Hop, House, Soul, Techno, Trap, Trance and everything in between.
Take a seat, relax and flex some serious mental muscle at Splendour Forum. Join a bevy of our most prominent and interesting thinkers, politicians and musicians of the moment, as they raise the vibrations with lively discussion, panels, debates, documentaries, trivia, Q&A sessions, philosophical talks and more.
The Forum’s 2022 guest list includes journalists Hamish McDonald (The Project), Jo Lauder (triple j Hack) and Zara Seidler (The Daily Aus); science aficionados Adam Spencer and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki; musicians Patience Hodgson (The Grates), Holly Rankin (Jack River), BC Michaels (Dune Rats), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon) and Jake Taylor (In Hearts Wake); politicians Dr Sophie Scamps, Max Chandler-Mather, Angie Bell and Peter Whish-Wilson; comedians Dan Illic, Gen Fricker and Paul McDermott; and activists Sally Scales, Anjali Sharma, Tarang Chawla and Grace Tame amongst many others.
Check out Q&A Live, climate action documentary GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK, brush up on your music trivia at cult favourite Not On Your Rider and expand your mind at one of the panels discussing topics such as the climate, war in the modern age, the changing face of Australia and much more.
Splendour Arts returns to North Byron Parklands with a whole new suite of artworks. Prepare to interact, create, immerse yourself and maybe snap the odd selfie or ten!
From large scale light sculptures by Sam Songailo and IKONIX to bizarre interactive photo opportunities with the legendary Andy Forbes. Take a break, make a contribution and immerse yourself in the second instalment of the Hiromi Hotel Trilogy – Hiromi Hotel – Heartbeat. You won’t miss Lucy Dysons large scale mural at the entrance to the festival and, this year, Splendour is also launching a new project in partnership with local arts organizations to support Northern Rivers artists to make new work for the festival, titled OUT THERE FROM HERE. Xanthe Dobbie has been selected as the inaugural OUT THERE FROM HERE commission. She will attend the festival, cook up ideas and develop a new work for Splendour 2023.
What do yeasts, beasts, and sexual feasts all have in common? They’re all rockin’ The Science Tent in 2022! It’s back bigger than ever to blow your mind, ignite your neurons and curl your toes in ways you never thought imaginable. Explore your bodies with Dolly Doctor, learn how fungi can free your mind or f*ck you up, check out climate-saving glowing algae, brew ideas with the yeastie boys, talk dinosaurs and all things Jurassic, get frisky (and risky), date like the planet depends on it, and heaps more! Get set for awesome interactive experiences, engrossing talks and other sick science-y stuff for the entire Splendour weekend.
Lovers of LOLs this one’s for you. Between bands and beers, head to the Forum tent for a daily dose of giggles with some of the hottest laughter-masters in the comedy-biz! Check out stars like Luke McGregor (Rosehaven), Geraldine Hickey (Have You Been Paying Attention), Matt Okine (The Other Guy), Michael Hing (Hobba & Hing on triple j), Nikki Britton (Just For Laughs) and tonnes more award-winning, festival-selling-out and globe-trotting funny people. Splendour Comedy Club will be dishing up the laughter left, right and centre all weekend!
Calling all pint-sized punks and mini moshers! Open daily from 12noon, Little Splendour is a festival within a festival, created especially for small humans and featuring some serious headliners from the world of children’s entertainment alongside loads of activities – from a knee-trembling climbing wall to colourful, creative workshops, storytelling Tipi as well as roving entertainment, a sneaky flash mob and a painting wall where you can unleash your inner graffiti artist. Kids can get down and dirty with Costa the Garden Gnome, rock out with Bunny Racket, hit the decks at DJ Skool or head to the Art Space for activities galore. There’s also the legendary Artie Fartie Partie, where kids can paint, create, reuse and upcycle to their hearts content. Do I Gnome you? On Saturday 23 July, Little Splendour invites everyone to dress like a garden gnome. Go big or go gnome!
Little Splendour’s family-friendly Tipi offers a safe, private and comfortable space for feeding and a nappy changing station plus there’s a professional babysitting service if you’d prefer to fly solo for a while. Bookings by July 1 are essential.
Splendour’s new PARK(lands) Stage will feature carefully curated lineups bought to you by the legends at Secret Sounds, Astral People and Love Police. Head here for the likes of Still Woozy, Wet Leg, Joy Crookes, MYD, Jarreau Vandal, Brame & Hamo, Bad//Dreems, Shannon & The Clams and many more! Full program here.
So much for you to discover over three days! Let’s go!
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July 2022