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Crowd at Splendour in the Grass 2016
Photograph: Stills In Time

Your complete guide to the 2022 Splendour in the Grass sideshows in Melbourne

Can't make it to Byron Bay, or missed out on tickets? Catching a few of the Melbourne sideshows is the next best thing.

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier
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Tickets to winter festival Splendour in the Grass can be pretty hard to come by, so if you're one of the unfortunate punters who failed to get your hands on some, fear not: the Melbourne sideshows have officially been announced. 24 artists will be gracing stages across our city, including headliners like the Gorillaz and the Strokes and other heavy-hitters like Jack Harlow, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Mura Masa.

July is set to be a month chock-full of music, so to help you navigate the overwhelming amount of sideshows to choose from, we've rounded them all up below. 

Keen to check out more live music before then? Check out our list of the best gigs happening in Melbourne this month. 

  • Music
  • Rap, hip hop and R&B
  • Melbourne

When: July 20

Where: 170 Russell

With tracks like 'I Cannot F*cking Wait Til Morrissey Dies' and 'I Just Killed a Cop Now I'm Horny', it's pretty obvious that Jpegmafia isn't a believer in subtlety. The foundation of his music, which is primarily experimental hip-hop and noise rap, is the political beliefs that he wears like a badge of honour. 

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  • Music
  • Funk, soul and disco
  • Brunswick

When: July 20

Where: Howler

If you drew a Venn diagram of Alabama Shakes, Alt-J and Glass Animals, you'd find Still Woozy music at the intersection. This solo project by producer Sven Gamsky puts out the kind of catchy music that you'd listen to on a warm, breezy day at the skatepark.

  • Music
  • Pop
  • Melbourne

When: July 21

Where: the Forum

Donning bright, fluoro-coloured jackets, kooky sunglasses and an admittedly out-there bowl cut, Oliver Tree is by all appearances a walking meme. But outside of his appearance, his music is fairly mainstream pop in sound and seems to draw inspiration from artists like Dominic Fike and Gus Dapperton.

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When: July 21

Where: the Corner Hotel

Jessica Smyth, who goes by the stage name Biig Piig, was born in Ireland but spent her formative years in Spain and London. This multi-cultural background is evident in much of her music, with her switching effortlessly between languages on her hip-hop and neo-soul tracks. 

  • Music
  • Dance and electronic
  • Melbourne

When: July 21

Where: 170 Russell

If you went clubbing at any point in the mid-2010s, it's probably safe to say that you had at least one sloppy night dancing to 'Get Low' by Dillon Francis. Since putting out his debut album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, Francis has been ruling the dancefloor and festivals with his vibrant deep house mixes. 

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When: July 22

Where: John Cain Arena

Much of the popularity of UK deep house music is owed to the work of DJ Duke Dumont. Tracks like 'I Got You' and 'Ocean Drive' have permeated underground club scenes and climbed the electronic music charts.

  • Music
  • Dance and electronic
  • Melbourne

When: July 22

Where: the Forum

Crossan is a musical chameleon, having mixed tracks in genres ranging from glittery Japanese-inspired pop to heavy UK garage metal and R'n'B and hip-hop. He's collaborated with artists like A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, Tirzah and Blackpink, and his work has landed him a Grammy and a spot on the Forbes '30 under 30' list. 

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When: July 23

Where: Palais Theatre

This Mercury Prize-nominated duo has amassed nearly one billion streams for their soulful, dancefloor-igniting disco and soul music. They spent much of the pandemic working on their latest album, Loving in Stereo, and are keen to bring their enormous synths and sing-along hooks to Australian stages.

  • Music
  • Punk and metal
  • St Kilda

When: July 23

Where: the Esplanade Hotel

If you like a side of theatrics with your rock music, then we reckon you'd dig Californian rock band Starcrawler. Since forming in 2015, this punk-rock group has become known for their heavily visual live shows that feature things like hospital gown costumes, fake blood and simulated sex acts.

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  • Music
  • Funk, soul and disco
  • Melbourne

When: July 23

Where: 170 Russell

The band's music, which encompasses styles ranging from soul, jazz and funk, sounds like someone distilled sunshine, palm trees and hammocks into soundwaves. While they're fairly new on the scene, with a debut album released in 2019 and a sophomore album released in 2021, they've already released several massive global hits. Their track 'Sunday Best' has garnered more than 2 billion streams and counting. 

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When: July 24

Where: John Cain Arena

Long before NFT's entered our world, this trailblazing virtual band ruled the digital space. Since the release of their acclaimed self-titled debut album, the Gorillaz have gone on to become a truly global phenomenon. 

When: July 24

Where: Howler

This Spanish four-piece indie rock and garage-pop band released their third album, The Prettiest Curse, in 2020 to critical acclaim. Bask in the all-girl gang glow as they harness their pop prowess and bright melodies on the stage. 

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  • Music
  • St Kilda

When: July 25

Where: Palais Theatre

Tom Misch has been playing music since the age of four, but it wasn't until around 2018 with the release of Geography that his professional music career really took off. The album, which fuses together jazz, soul and disco, is easy listening without veering into elevator music category. 

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  • Music
  • Funk, soul and disco
  • St Kilda

When: July 26

Where: the Esplanade Hotel

Sloan Struble, the sole creative behind musical project Dayglow, released his debut album Fuzzybrain when he was just 17 years old. The album received critical acclaim, and the crackly, lo-fi tracks play like the soundtrack to a surfing session on a breezy, sunshine-filled day. Now, with the release of his sophomore album Harmony House, the 22-year-old Struble has taken his sound in a different direction. The album is a tribute to 80s dance-pop and exudes a bright, optimistic feel that makes you want to chuck on some paisley and pastels and hit the dance floor.

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When: July 27

Where: the Forum

Manchester-born rapper and songwriter Aitch had his breakthrough with the release of his single 'Straight Rhymez', a track that garnered more than 24 million views and caught the attention of Stormzy. 

  • Music
  • Rock and indie
  • Melbourne

When: July 27

Where: John Cain Arena

After Oasis shot to stardom in the 90s and became one of Britain's most acclaimed rock bands, the Gallagher brothers had a massive falling out and decided to go their separate ways musically. Since then, Liam has released three hugely successful studio albums as a solo artist, and he has announced an upcoming fourth album, C'Mon You Know. 

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  • Music
  • Rap, hip hop and R&B
  • Melbourne

When: July 27

Where: 170 Russell

When Tierra Whack released her debut album, Whack World, in 2018, it was immediately clear that she was as much a surrealist artist as she is a rapper. Whack has yet to put out a sophomore album, but she's kept our interest piqued with EP releases like Rap? and R&B?, which continue to showcase that sense of surrealism and whimsy from her first project. 

  • Music
  • Punk and metal
  • Melbourne

When: July 28

Where: John Cain Arena

Pop punk is undergoing a renaissance, and one of the artists at the helm of its return is English singer Dominic Harrison, also known as Yungblud. On top of his music, the singer also expresses his punk beliefs through the subversion of fashion norms and gender expectations.

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  • Music
  • Rap, hip hop and R&B
  • Melbourne

When: July 28

Where: the Forum

Despite being on the scene since 2011, Jack Harlow didn't reach mainstream success until 2020 with the release of the chart-topping single 'What's Poppin'. If you're an avid radio listener, you probably heard that song at least three or four times a day at its peak, and its popularity even led to a remix with Lil Wayne, DaBaby and Tory Lanez.

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