SPLENDID CHOICE: New York rock outfit The Strokes, from left Julian Casablancas, Nikolai Fraiture, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr and Fabrizio Moretti.
SPLENDID CHOICE: New York rock outfit The Strokes, from left Julian Casablancas, Nikolai Fraiture, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr and Fabrizio Moretti.

Strokes headlining at Splendour

NEW YORK garage rockers, The Strokes, head the line-up for this year’s Splendour in the Grass music festival.

Splendour 2010, which is being held at the Woodford Folk Festival site, also features respected alternative rock band The Pixies.

About 30,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, from July 30 to August 1 this year.

Festival organiser Jessica Ducrou said yesterday’s announcement of the line-up had received a ‘huge response’.

“If that is any guide, the festival should follow the pattern of recent years and sell out quickly,” Ms Ducrou said.

“Of course, we won’t really know until May 6, when tickets go on sale.

“Until then we will try not to count our chickens.”

Byron Shire remains split over the festival’s move to Queensland.

Byron United president Ed Ahern said the move was ‘disastrous’ for the local economy.

Splendour was reportedly worth about $6 million to businesses in the Byron region, and this year’s much larger, three-day event is expected to inject $13 million into Woodford and Caboolture.

But not everyone living in Byron Shire is unhappy to see it go. The problems with drunkenness, littering and noise was a major turn-off for many residents.

Asked what it would take to get Splendour back to the Northern Rivers, Ms Ducrou said: “State Government approval of North Byron Parklands, which is near Yelgun.

“We are currently preparing our submission to the NSW Government for a permanent cultural event venue on our 660-acre property.”

Also announced for the show this year are Ben Harper, the Ting Tings, Goldfrapp, the Scissor Sisters and rising stars Grizzly Bear, Mumford & Sons, Florence and the Machine and Mid-lake. Other heavyweights to appear are LCD Soundsystem, the Vines, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Foals, Band of Horses and Broken Social Scene.

Popular Australian performers include Wolfmother, Empire of the Sun, Bluejuice, the Temper Trap, Angus & Julia Stone, Dan Sultan and Paul Kelly.

New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop are also on the bill.



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