We’re just one month out from this year’s Splendour in the Grass. If you’re going, are you ready?
Yes, you know that the lineup is incredible. Yes, you’re ready to scream ‘Champagne Supernova’ at the top of your lungs with Liam Gallagher. Yes, you can’t wait to support the best of Australia like Amyl and the Sniffers, Genesis Owusu, G Flip, and Ruby Fields.
But wha about the rest of the fest? There’s a world beyond the main stages, an alternative universe with enough indulgent entertainment to make you almost – almost – forget about the music.
Splendour has announced the packed 2022 edition of Beyond the Main Stages, and you can check out the highlights below.
Splendour in the Grass 2022 takes place from Friday, July 22nd-Sunday, July 24th. There are very limited tickets left here.
With the festival taking place on Minjungbal Country, Welcome to Country will see Minyungbal dance group Mirringingi Near showcase the local way of life with a vivid performance of storytelling, dance, language, and culture. Internationally acclaimed former Bangarra member, Waangeenga Blanco, willl also be present with a unique performance to honour his personal experience of connecting to Country.
Before enjoying Splendour, every attendee is urged to take a moment to focus on Welcome to Country, a moment to pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Who doesn’t appreciate a cultural melting pot? Back bigger and better than ever, the festival’s Global Village features two brand-new destinations this year – the Minjunbul Yarn Space and Wellness Workshop Pod will host a wonderful mixture of culture, healing, workshops, and performances.
Learn healthy habits and practice self-care away from the madness of the main stages. Across three busy festival days, a moment of peace and quiet will go a long way.
The Tipi Forest is Splendour’s beating heart, an iconic outdoor dance stage that’s seen all manners of wild moves and shapes. Music producers and DJ’s will be playing fresh beats and sounds throughout the weekend, backed by laser and light shows, inspiring performance art, and mysterious projections.
Dance all the way from Thursday night to Sunday morning if you wish. With bass, disco, drum & bass, dub, funk, house, and whatever genre you can think of being spun at some point, there’ll always be some groove to keep your feet moving.
Philosophical talks and panel discussions? At Splendour? Yes, seriously. The Forum is the place to come for some thinking time. Some of the prominent names set to appear this year include journalists (Hamish McDonald), musicians (Dune Rats’ BC Michaels), comedians (Paul McDermott), activists (Grace Tames), and even politicians (Dr. Sophie Scamps).
Always a favourite, Splendour Arts returns with a whole new suite of artworks. There will be intriguing photo opportunities; there will be innovative light sculptures; there will be unforgettable interactive experiences.
Splendour is also partnering with local arts organisations to launch Out There From Here, a project to support Northern Rivers artists in making new works for the festival.
Get t0 know the world around you – and your own body – better in the Science Tent. Join Dolly Doctor to explore your body, learn how fungi can potentially free your mind, consider climate-saving glowing algae, or learn about the history of the dinosaurs.
A stacked lineup of comedy talent will be on hand throughout the weekend to (try to) make you laugh. Stars like Luke McGregor (Rosehaven), Geraldine Hickey (Have You Been Paying Attention), Matt Okine (The Other Guy), Michael Hing (Hobba & Hing on triple j), and Nikki Britton (Just For Laughs) will be performing, alongside plenty more award-winning funny folk.
If you’re bringing a mini mosher along to Splendour with you, drop them off at Little Splendour, a specially curated space for children. A painting wall, a climbing wall, storytelling sessions, DJ Skool, and Art Space are just some of the highlights for little ones if the main festival gets too much.
Little Splendour also provides a safe and comfortable space for feeding, as well as a professional babysitting service if you fancy flying solo for a bit (don’t worry, your child won’t just be handed to a random drunken reveller).
Brought to you by Secret Sounds, Astral People, and Love Police, this new stage will feature specially curated lineups. With acclaimed artists like Wet Leg, Still Woozy, and Shannon & The Clams set to perform, there should be something to suit every taste.