Begin the Splendour speculation!

Each year, eager Splendour In The Grass devotees look to the line-ups of two leading Japanese festivals for clues on who’ll be making the Byron Bay pilgrimage. Those festivals are of course Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic – and both have now announced their first round of acts. It must be said that in 2008 there wasn’t as much crossover as other years – with only a handful of bands doing the Japan/Australia double. But what’s wrong with a little speculation, eh?

Summer Sonic has reeled in some big (if not entirely Splendour appropriate) headliners for its 10th anniversary bash on the weekend of 7-9 August. Beyond the top-billing trio of Nine Inch Nails, Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance are some names that raise our pulse: The Flaming Lips, The Specials, Sonic Youth, Klaxons, Placebo, Soulwax and Aphex Twin. A return journey from Mogwai (so devastating on their current tour) and Future Music Festival drawcards CSS seems unlikely so soon – but stranger things have happened.

As for Fuji Rock, which happens on the other side of Splendour at the Naeba Ski Resort, it’s another dream-list. How would Animal Collective, Diplo, Patti Smith, Royksopp and Weezer (!!!) suit you? Check out the full line-ups for both below and begin your idle guesswork...


The Aggrolites / Animal Collective / Bad Brains / Basement Jaxx / Ben Harper & Relentless 7 / The Bloody Beetroots / Comeback My Daughters / Crookers / Diplo / Easy Star All Stars / Fake Blood / Fall Out Boy / Franz Ferdinand / Funky Meters / Gang Gang Dance / The Gaslight Anthem / Gong / Hayley Sales / The Higher / The Japanese Popstars / Jeff Lang / Justin Nozuka / Longwave / M83 / Melvins / Patti Smith / Polysics / Rowland Howard / Royksopp / Simian Mobile Disco / System 7 / Twisted Wheel / The Virgins / Weezer


Linkin Park / My Chemical Romance / Nine Inch Nails / The Specials / The Flaming Lips / Aphex Twin / CSS / The Enemy / Klaxons / Mogwai / Paramore / Placebo / Sonic Youth / Soulwax / Teenage Fanclub / Boys Like Girls / Cancer Bats / Datarock / Enter Shikari / Ghostland Observatory / Girl Talk / Hollywood Undead / Kid Sister / Kyte / Lady Gaga / Lenka / Little Boots / Mando Diao / Matisyahu / Metronomy / Mew / Mercury Rev / Mutemath / N.A.S.A / Red Light Company / Saosin / The Vaselines / VV Brown / Yuksek