Bloc Party, Sleigh Bells, Ting Tings for Splendour?
It looks as though Bloc Party could be returning to Australia very soon with the band’s guitarist Russell Lissack casually announcing on Twitter last night that he “Can’t stop listening to @lastdinosaurs album, check it out. Best guitar work i’ve heard in a long time Looking fwd to crossing paths soon ;)”
Last Dinosaurs are signed to Splendour in the Grass boss Paul Piticco’s Dew Process label and provide the soundtrack to the hype reel for this year’s festival, so it would be incredibly odd if they weren’t on the Splendour lineup for 2012.
Bloc Party are also a much loved member of the Splendour family having played at the festival in 2005, 2007 and 2009. They’ve also been represented at the festival in the last two years with guitarist Russell Lissack joining the lineup of Ash at the festival in 2010 and frontman Kele playing a set last year.
So will Bloc Party and Last Dinosaurs be “crossing paths” at Splendour this July?
In other possible tips for the Splendour in the Grass 2012 lineup news the duos and The Ting Tings have also leaked the news that they’ll be making their way to Australia twice to promote their new albums Reign of Terror and Sounds from Nowheresville ; once for a festival and once for their own headline tour.
The Ting Tings owe Splendour a show after bailing on the festival in 2010 and told Radar Music “We’re coming down, once we set off in March we won’t come back [home] for a year and a half. We’ve got everything booked in I can’t give you the dates; I don’t have the diary in front of me. This year we’re actually coming down twice. I just can’t remember what the dates are and what the festivals are. I know we plan on doing our own circuit down there, which I’m looking forward to. We nearly did that last year but we pulled out I don’t think we’ve done that down there; we’ve always played festivals.”
Sleigh Bells front man Derek Miller has also leaked tour details, telling triple j that their new record is also going to bring to them Australia twice. “We absolutely are [touring],” Miller revealed “We’re coming over there twice at least on this record. So you guys will be seeing us; we’re coming.”
Finally, London newcomers Zulu Winter, who just happen to be managed by the same team behind past Splendour acts The Vaccines, Kaiser Chiefs and White Lies, will arrive here in April to play two shows promoting their debut album Language.
The band has been compared to Coldplay, Wild Beasts, and Friendly Fires and will play two shows presented by Splendour promoters Secret Sounds with support from Melbourne’s City Calm Down. Could it be a Splendour warm up tour like the Foster the People tour early last year?
Zulu Winter shows:
Monday 16th April -Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Wednesday 18th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
On sale Monday 27th February