Splendour 2012 lineup clues – Summer Sonic edition



The third round of lineup additions has added Ke$ha, Garbage, LostProphets, Hoobastank, Cast, Crystal Castles, Spector, and Other Lives to the bill. The new acts don’t offer much to add our list of Splendour hopefuls, although there’s always a chance of Alice Glass and Ethan Kath heading to the Mix-Up tent and indie groups Spector and Other Lives filling out a mid afternoon timeslot.


The second lineup announcement for the festival has added Jamiroquai, Franz Ferdinand, Foster The People, The Vaccines, Kindness and the endlessly horrible rapper Pitbull to the bill.

This morning we woke to the excellent news that Splendour is returning home to Byron Bay in 2012 and with that announcement came the confirmation of the dates for this year’s festivities. With that out of the way our attention now turns to speculation about the lineup.

One of the many sources for Splendour rumours is the lineup for Japan’s Summer Sonic festival – a festival that has shared many acts with Splendour in the past and that has just dropped its first round of announcements. So let the rumours begin!

In 2009 bands including The Flaming Lips and The Specials played at both Summer Sonic and Splendour, while 2010 saw over ten acts including Pixies, Jonsi, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Passion Pit, Surfer Blood, Two Door Cinema Club, The Drums, Richard Ashcroft and Band of Horses jumping on flights from Japan to Woodfordia. Summer Sonic 2012 will be held on the weekend of August 18th – 19th in Tokyo and Osaka, giving any bands playing at both Summer Sonic and Splendour time to sneak in a few Australian sideshows before heading to Japan.

Last year the festivals only shared three acts, but when FasterLouder spoke to Splendour organiser Jess Ducrou last year she revealed that the relationship with the Japanese festivals that traditionally bookend the Splendour weekend – Summer Sonic and Fuji Rock – is likely to be much closer in 2012. “We’ve always had a light dialogue on dates and so on,” she explained, “but interestingly this year we have started talking more with them and I think that will really benefit everyone.”

Sadly, despite the wishful thinking of the rumour mill, the Fuji Rock headliners for 2012 – The Stone Roses and Radiohead – have already been ruled out of Splendour contention.

Summer Sonic lineup (first announcement:

Green Day


Sigur Ros

New Order

Adam Lambert

Death Cab For Cutie

The Cardigans

Passion Pit

Gym Class Heroes



The Knux


So which bands from Summer Sonic could we see on the Splendour in the Grass lineup for 2012? Well how about Splendour 2008 visitors Sigur Ros; Splendour 2010 alumni Passion Pit; and perhaps a return visit from SBTRKT? Yes, SBTRKT is currently touring with Laneway festival, but we all know that Splendour and Laneway have shared a few big acts in recent years – hello to Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, Yeasayer and Foals.

As for the rest we can almost certainly rule out Rihanna, Adam Lambert and Green Day seem as Splendour contenders; Gym Class Heroes, New Order and Death Cab For Cutie all have upcoming Australian tours already locked in; and Grouplove were on the Splendour 2011 lineup (and returned for Falls).

Poll – Which Summer Sonic acts do you hope to see at Splendour?

The confirmation of the dates for Splendour also means that we can start to rule out bands that have gigs booked on the other side of the world while we’re in Bryon Bay for Slplendour. So far we can (almost certainly) rule out seeing Hot Chip, Little Dragon or Rolf Harris at Splendour as they’ll be busy at Camp Bestival way over in Dorset, England.

We can also rule out the acts booked to participate in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics – so no Underworld or Elbow (who played at Splendour last year anyway).

We shouldn’t have to wait too long until the Splendour lineup starts leaking – the first act for last year’s lineup was revealed in the first week of March.

Check out all the FasterLouder coverage from Splendour 2011