Bob Dylan set to play Splendour in the Grass?!

Bob Dylan, meanwhile, will have turned 72 when he plays the Sydney Opera House and Byron Bay’s Splendour in the Grass in July.”

Has Sydney Morning Herald writer Damien Murphy unwittingly leaked a huge tour announcement? Murphy made the startling claim in a brief article while rattling off a list of pensioners set to tour Australia in 2013 including Sir Cliff Richard (72), Allen Toussaint (75), Supertramp’s Rodger Hodgson (62), Jimmy Cliff (64), Iggy Pop (65), Bettye LaVette (66) and Taj Mahal (70).

A headline set from Dylan does seem to be out of step with past Splendour acts, however, organisers may’ve tested the waters last year with a tribute to Dylan’s 50-year career from Eskimo Joe’s Kav Temperley, Jebediah’s Kevin Mitchell, Holly Throsby, and The Grates’ Patience Hodgson. However, promoter Jess Ducrou told FL last year that she was keen to see the festival broaden its appeal with its move to a new site at Yelgun. She said she didn’t want Splendour to be a “typical 20-something event [dominated by] triple j orientated artists”. Ducrou explained that the festival has been working for a long time to get an appropriate venue to expand and trying to broaden Splendour’s appeal to fans ranging from “seven to 70 years-old.”

Dylan last visited Australia in 2011 stopping in at Bluesfest and playing shows in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Wollongong and Sydney on his “Never-Ending Tour”. While the tour received mixed reviews, FL’s reviewer in Melbourne said “most of the songs on the generously long set list were given full bodied blues and rock n’ roll treatment; Dylan’s backing band running a tight, if not at times overly slick, ship through the night”. Last year Dylan released his 35th album Tempest lead by the single ‘Duquesne Whistle’.

Other Splendour 2013 tips include OutKast rapper Big Boi, who announced last month that he’ll be touring Australia in July and Polyphonic Spree, who leaked their place on the bill via Twitter.