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There’ll Be A Giant Inflatable ‘Sad Kanye’ At Splendour In The Grass This Year

Written by Tom Williams on June 1, 2017

UPDATE: Splendour In The Grass’ ‘Sad Kanye’ Prop Criticised: “Mental Illness Is No Joke”

ORIGINAL STORY: The ‘Sad Kanye‘ meme is still alive and thriving, so it’s heading to this year’s Splendour In The Grass as a giant inflatable version of the rapper’s head.

The team behind the 10-metre high version of Yeezy’s sullen face is the Barcelona-based art group Hungry Castle, who reckon Splendour-goers might be able to help Kanye lighten up.

“Why you got that resting bitch face, dog? Sometimes you crazy but you’re a dope ass producer and writer,” they say.

“We want to send you some love by blowing up your big head as a 10m tall inflatable sculpture. It’s going to travel around the world to Bestival, Splendour and god knows where to next. But what should we put inside to make you happy?”

What’s more, Hungry Castle have already shown off a smaller version of ‘Sad Kanye’ that they’ve been working on:

Hungry Castle were responsible for some of Splendour In The Grass’ previous inflatable art pieces, including 2015’s ‘Nicolas Cage In A Cage’ and 2014’s ‘Lionel Richie’s Head’.

hungry castle nicolas cage source website

hungry castle lionel richie source website
Images: Hungry Castle

Splendour has also announced its annual ‘Splendour In The Craft’ arts program today, of which ‘Sad Kanye’ will be the centrepiece.

The program will also include an installation by artist Craig Walsh, an Optical Oval installation of geometric designs in the Mix-Up tent, the return of ‘site-responsive painting’ and “an explosion of glitter and pipe-cleaners” at the Craft Mafia HQ.

The Grates’ Patience Hodgson and her mate Rachel Burke will also be running Fancy Free classes and offering café treats at the Splendour version of The Grates’ Brisbane venue SouthSide Tea Room.

Splendour In The Grass 2017 runs over three days in Byron Bay this July, and has already sold out. If you missed out on tickets but are still keen to head along, try the Splendour ticket resale facility.

Peep the festival’s full arts and crafts program at the official Splendour website, and remind yourself of this year’s epic music lineup below.

Gallery: Best Of Splendour In The Grass 2016 – Day 2 / Photos: Maria Boyadgis

Splendour In The Grass 2017 Day Lineups

Friday, 21st July

The xx
HAIM
Vance Joy
RL Grime
Father John Misty
Tash Sultana
George Ezra
BANKS
Cut Copy
Lil’ Yachty
San Cisco
Big Scary
Real Estate
D.D Dumbo
Maggie Rogers
The Kite String Tangle
Julia Jacklin
Kingswood
Vera Blue
Cosmo’s Midnight
Young Franco
Ocean Grove
Luke Million
The Wilson Pickers
Jarrow
Winston Surfshirt
Set Mo
DJHMC
Nite Fleit
Alice Ivy
Willow Beats
Swindail
Super Cruel
Lewis Cancut

Saturday 22 July

Queens of the Stone Age
Royal Blood
Two Door Cinema Club
Paul Kelly
Catfish And The Bottlemen
Future Islands (only Aus show)
Ásgeir
Allday
Bernard Fanning
Dune Rats
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
Dan Sultan
Vallis Alps
Dope Lemon
Slumberjack
Bad//Dreems
Julien Baker
Bag Raiders
Luca Brasi
Middle Kids
Confidence Man
Hockey Dad
Gretta Ray
Mallrat
Topaz Jones
Late Nite Tuff Guy
Airling
Tornado Wallace
Romare
Harvey Sutherland and Bermuda
CC:Disco!
Dena Amy
Andy Garvey
Sam Weston

Sunday 23 July

LCD Soundsystem
Sigur Rós
ScHoolboy Q (only Aus show)
Peking Duk
Bonobo
Stormzy
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Meg Mac
Thundamentals
Client Liaison
Tove Lo
Pond
The Smith Street Band
Oh Wonder
Amy Shark
A.B. Original
The Lemon Twigs
Bishop Briggs
Lany
Topaz Jones
Kirin J Callinan
Kilter
The Peep Tempel
Moonbase
Kuren
The Murlocs
Good Boy
Oneman
HWLS
Enschway
Willaris. K
Mookhi
Planète
Chistopher Port
Kinder

Splendour In The Grass 2017

Friday, 21st — Sunday, 23rd July — SOLD OUT
North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay
Tickets: Official Website

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