Splendour XR is a virtual world where music, art and culture reigns supreme. Where lockdowns and social distancing don’t exist. Where mesmerised mobs dance in the forest to the freshest beats, yoga enthusiasts salute the sun and passionate people discuss the most important issues of the day. There’s so much more to Splendour XR than the main stages and it’s all there for you to explore in THE FORUM, GLOBAL VILLAGE, LITTLE SPLENDOUR, COMEDY CLUB and TIPI FOREST…
Protagonists, politicians, poets and a former Federal Police Commissioner. Academics, journalists, actors and educators. Writers, composers, comedians, scientists and survivors… They all collide in spectacular fashion at The Forum!
Festival philosophers, it’s time to put on your thinking caps and delve into some deep deliberation, speculation and contemplation as The Forum tackles topics such as consent, the future of drugs, AI bias, music and mental health, gaming soundtracks and more, alongside a keynote speech by 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, that is set to create headlines.
Featuring GRACE TAME, ADAM SPENCER, ETHAN NADELMANN, DAVID NUTT, MICK PALMER, FIONA PATTEN MP, DR DAVID CALDICOTT, ZARA SEIDLER, CHANEL CONTOS, SAXON MULLINS, TARANG CHAWLA, BRANDON FRIEDMAN, LUCY WARK, MARIEKE HARDY, EMILIE ZOEY BAKER, WAFIA, STEPH TISDELL, CASSIE WORKMAN, MICHELLE BRASIER, BRODIE LANCASTER, 360, KIRA PURU, DR EDDIE MULLEN, WINONA GRAY-LEVETT, MELISSA KELLER-TUBERG, DR KARL KRUSZELNICKI, DR SUELETTE DREYFUS, UWE AICKELIN, CHRISTOPHER KNAUS, LUCIE KRAHULCOVA, ELLA JAKUBOWSKA, KONSTANTINOS KOMAITIS.
When you need some ‘me’ time at Splendour XR, it’s time to pay a visit to the Zen oasis that is The Global Village. Kick off your Splendour XR day with magical happenings at The Global Village where you’ll find a great mix of culture, mindfulness and performance.
Celebrate First Nations wisdom as you learn about native bush tucker, meditation to connect to country, decolonisation, rewilding, storytelling, sound healing and spirituality. Dive into Taoist philosophy and consciousness, tantric wisdom and Kundalini dance, movement mediation, sexuality, tapping, yoga and environmental education. And enjoy performances as varied as cabaret, spoken word and storytelling, circus arts, music, drum and dance and more.
Featuring DELTA KAY, JARMBI MILES, ELLA NOAH BANCROFT, SALLY MUSTANG, TEDDI EMERALD, WHAIA, KUMU PA’A KAWIKA FOSTER, KATE NELSON, LOQI & DAR PAN, LEYOLAH ANTARA & SOL FARINA, DANE TOMAS, ALEXIS SABATINO, VICTORIA REDBARD, GABRIEL OTU, THE BOY OF MANY COLORS, HAYDEN HACK, MURRAY KYLE, SERENITY JANE, THE SPACE COWBOY and THE BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE CHEEKY CABARET.
As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine, and at times like these we could all do with a jab of that (any jab actually)! Make your way to Splendour XR’s giggle-inducing Comedy Club for a bevy of Australia’s most debaucherously funny humans, dishing up the lols.
Featuring NAZEEM HUSSAIN, ANNE EDMONDS, TOM BALLARD, NATH VALVO, ZOË COOMBS MARR, GERALDINE HICKEY, MICHELLE BRASIER, HARLEY BREEN, LLOYD LANGFORD, GREG LARSEN, IVAN ARISTEGUIETA, ALEX WARD, SONIA DI IORIO, TIM HEWITT, LUKA MULLER, KIRSTY WEBECK, EMMA HOLLAND and SCOUT BOXALL.
Step into the virtual forest to catch original music producers and DJ’s playing fresh beats and a range of genre bending sounds. Enjoy wicked light shows, intricate lasers, and otherworldly projections. Connect with the beat and the people around you as epic lightscapes and psychedelic art guide the way. The Tipi Forest is where you’ll get weird, get loose and shake it!
If you’re ready to dance, click your way to the Tipi Forest at sunset and celebrate with a wild sonic manifestation of pure underground sounds, from Bass to Glitch, House to Techno, Trap to Trance and everything in between. All created just for you by some of the finest and freshest acts from Byron Bay and beyond.
Featuring Producers and DJs (a-z): APRIL KERRY, HYPNOTECH, STAUNCH, MAMA QUILLA, MORGAZMK, PURPLE HAYES, SKRAM, SURGE, TAYA, & TETRAMETH plus original set design and lighting by SPECTACLE ART and VJ visuals from EYEBYTE, JUST CHUCK, & JOHN CAROLAN.
Calling all pint-sized punk rockers! Splendour XR’s resident cool kid on the block, Little Splendour, is packed with kids-only adventures.
Little Splendour will treat rug rats to performances by some of Australia’s most popular children’s bands and performers. Settle the kids in for story time and lol to the antics of clowns and balloon artists. Feel the rhythm with drumming and percussion and learn about caring for the planet through nature craft, recycling, animals and edible flowers. Finally, watch them marvel at incredible stilt walkers and songs about visiting the skate park.
Featuring POPPY GALACTIC AND THE BEAT, RED ROCKET 3, dirtgirl, scrapboy, THE MINI MOSHERS, TIPTOE GIANTS, SHORTY BROWN, TONY TWIST, GARETH FROM SOUND SYNERGY, FARM KIDS, FIESTA CREATIONS, ARIBOY, INSPIREDANCE and DANCE LAB.
They join the following artists on the inaugural Splendour XR lineup.
Only 19 Days to go. Get on it!
DAY 1 – KHALID
CHVRCHES. DENZEL CURRY. DUKE DUMONT. TASH SULTANA. MASKED WOLF. RUSS MILLIONS. BAND OF HORSES. PHOEBE BRIDGERS. LITTLE SIMZ. VIOLENT SOHO. AURORA. DUNE RATS. PINK SWEAT$. VERA BLUE. CLIENT LIAISON. GRIFF. POND. TAYLA PARX. METHYL ETHEL. THE CHATS. TRIPLE ONE. CAT & CALMELL. KING STINGRAY. THE SOUTHERN RIVER BAND
DAY 2 – THE KILLERS
CHARLI XCX. VANCE JOY. GRIMES METAVERSE (SUPER BETA). THE AVALANCHES. OF MONSTERS AND MEN. KAYTRANADA. JUNGLE. BLACK PUMAS. WHAT SO NOT. HOT DUB TIME MACHINE. MILLENNIUM PARADE. THE JUNGLE GIANTS. OCEAN ALLEY. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD. SINÉAD HARNETT. HOLLY HUMBERSTONE. SPACEY JANE. CROOKED COLOURS. AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS. WAFIA. AVIVA. THE SNUTS. BAND-MAID. ZIGGY RAMO. GRETTA RAY
Splendour XR will hit your screen of choice from Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 July. Available on mobile, tablet, browser, desktop and VR.
Splendour XR will operate LIVE globally on a single timezone, 12pm to 2am AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) (GMT +11) with programming kicking off from 2pm.
All video content will be available as video on demand (VOD) for 7 days after the event. It will be available via the web and mobile versions, the virtual world will not be accessible.
PARTY PACKSavailable from $79.99 including weekend event passes, wristbands, Splendour tumblers, event posters and more to bring the festival vibes to your Splendour XR viewing party! Check the website for party pack options, inclusions, prices and delivery. International orders close 12 July and Australian orders close 19 July – BUY HERE.
THE STRUMMER COCKTAIL KITS – The Strummer cocktail is the taste of Splendour. Named for the legendary Joe Strummer, it is the staple cocktail of Splendour in the Grass’ backstage artist bar of the same name. A long, tall taste of passion fruity gingery goodness, with a nip of Smirnoff Red No 21 Vodka. Australian Splendour fans can get the cocktail kit delivered direct to their door for an unreal Splendour XR experience – BUY HERE. Please drink responsibly.
SPLENDOUR XR It’s Unreal Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July 2021 splendourxr.com