With Splendour In The Grass only a few weeks away, organisers have today announced the impressive lineup for the festival’s 2015 Forum, including a special Splendour edition of the ABC‘s Q&A program, as well as discussions with triple j’s Dom Alessio, muso Paul Mac and more.
Following last year’s Splendour In The Grass edition of Q&A, the Tony Jones-hosted show is back with a panel featuring Greens Senator Larissa Waters, Liberal MP Wyatt Roy and Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson. Oh and a special hashtag will be in operation, so expect #qandasitg to fill up your Twitter feed.
Elsewhere in this year’s forum lineup, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire’s Women of Letters will return, featuring musicians Zia McCabe (Dandy Warhols), Steve Kilbey (The Church), Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem), King Khan (The King Khan & BBQ Show) and Scarlett Stevens (San Cisco) reading out a “Letter to the Song They Wish They’d Written”.
John Kiriakou, the former director of CIA counterterrorism who revealed that the CIA had been torturing prisoners under U.S. government policy, will give the Forum’s keynote interview.
Other notable Forum guests include The Go-Betweens’ singer-songwriter and music critic Robert Forster and The Chaser‘s Julian Morrow.
Catch the 2015 Splendour In The Grass Forum lineup below, and for more information on the thinkers, politicians, musicians and activists taking part, visit the Splendour In The Grass website.
10-11:30am Science: Future Crunch 12 -1:30pm Keynote Interview: John Kiriakou 2pm Film premiere: Better Take Cover 2.30-4pm Panel: Copyright: Artists’ Friend or Foe? 5-7.30m Comedy
10-11:30am Women of Letters 12pm Film: First Dog On The Moon: Truth, Lies And Oh Look A Bunny 12.30-2pm The Guardian Panel: Truth, Lies & Half Truths in Media 2:30-4pm Q&A with Tony Jones 5-7.30 Comedy
10-11:30am The School Of Life Secular Sermon: Julian Burnside 12-1:30pm Film: Frackman 1:30-3pm Panel: Energy: Who Owns Our Future? 3-4pm APRA Songwriters Speak: Robert Forster 5-7.30pm Comedy
Friday, 24th July – Sunday, 26th July 2015 North Byron Parklands 126 Tweed Valley Way, Wooyung Tweed (15 mins north of Byron Bay) Tickets: Moshtix
Gallery: 12 Glastonbury Acts We Can’t Wait To See At Splendour
Mark Ronson: Mr Ronson has been Uptown Funkin' it up all over the place, and his Glastonbury 2015 set featuring Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Grandmaster Flash and Mary J. Blige was full of funky goodness. Can't wait to see how he brings the funk to Splendour.
Everything Everything: The British indie outfit are no strangers to Splendour and they already have a handful of sideshows lined up. They used Glastonbury to test out a bunch of tunes from their new album 'Get to Heaven'. It's all looking very positive positive.
Years & Years: The British trio drew such a huge crowd at Glastonbury that some punters were locked out of an overflowing tent stage -- a very good omen for their upcoming Splendour set and sideshows.
Wolf Alice: The North London band crowd-surfed in the rain at this year's Glastonbury, proving once again that they know how to ride good festival vibes in any weather.
Palma Violets: The band played Splendour in 2013, and this time around they're teaming up with fellow Glastonbury 2015 act The Vaccines for some Splendour sideshows. What more could you ask for?
Ryan Adams: The alt-country muso played a lengthy Glastonbury set over the weekend, and closed it with his cover of Oasis' 'Wonderwall'. What's more, his Splendour tour will include a solo Sydney Opera House show and sideshow dates with Jenny Lewis.
Death Cab For Cutie: Ben Gibbard and co. have now made their Glastonbury debut, but it's been nine years since they played Splendour. The band's Nick Harmer has said to expect "things we haven’t even attempted before, both in old and new songs" this time around.
Catfish And The Bottlemen: The Welsh band soldiered on after the Glastonbury rain played havoc with their gear, with frontman Van McCann performing despite recently suffering from food poisoning. That's true festival dedication right there.
Kevin Parker: The Tame Impala frontman joined Mark Ronson on stage at Glastonbury to perform their collab tracks, 'Daffodils' and 'Summer Breaking'. Parker will be at Splendour 2015 with Tame Impala, but there's a definite chance of another team-up with old mate Ronson.
Circa Waves: The Liverpool band played two sets at Glastonbury this year (one was supposed to be secret), proving they've got energy to burn. The group are sure to go all out at Splendour this year, with four sideshows also lined up with The Wombats. And who knows, maybe another not-so-secret set somewhere in-between?
Florence + The Machine: During their stunning headline set, Florence Welch and her crew honoured Foo Fighters -- the band they replaced on top of the Glasto bill -- by covering their song, 'Times Like These'. Welch didn't break any bones either, so she's looking fit as a fiddle for Splendour 2015.
Azealia Banks: The rapper cancelled her Glastonbury 2015 set after a doctor told her to rest her voice, leaving her feeling "like crap", so hopefully she's at full health when Splendour rolls around. Remember: Even a short Azealia Banks set is better than no Azealia Banks set.