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Splendour's Underdogs

Up-And-Comers You Need To See This Weekend

It’s that time of year again, folks! Dust off your crusty doc martens and dab some of that holographic glitter on your cheeks; It’s time for another round of Splendour in the Grass! This year, our team at SK thought we’d provide something a little different than the regular recommendations that float around in the days leading up to a festival. You see, when coughing up the cash for a festival, the focus is usually on the headliners and the artists who are already fan favourites.

Here at SK, we’re all for supporting the up-and-comers and hopefully shining a light on your new favourite band in the process. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of some of the underdogs that might have escaped your keen eye as you’ve planned your festival schedule. All Australian and all fresh off the block, here are our top underdog picks for Splendour in the Grass 2022.

Sycco’s ascent began mid-pandemic, but that didn’t stop her from defying the odds and shooting the charts with her pop-driven, psych-infused brand of electronica. Starting off with singles “Dribble” and “Germs”, Sash McLeod, AKA Sycco, quickly built her catalogue into a simply titled E.P Sycco’s First E.P. Despite the misleadingly juvenile name, Sycco has gone on to dominate awards shows, charts, and ears well beyond the scope of a regular 19-year-old. Oh, did I also mention that she produces all her own music? Yeah. You can pick your jaw up off the floor now.

JK-47 has been dubbed one of Australia's best new hip-hop artists in the last few years. In 2020 he was named Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year and has been smashing goals ever since, gaining the love of not only the hip-hop industry but many hearts outside of the confines of hip-hop. Hailing from Tweed Heads (just up the road from Splendour’s home), the indigenous artist has been writing rhymes and rapping since the age of 14. His insightful and colourful lyrics produce stories that would make any listener stop and reflect.

Maya Cummings, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter, seemingly burst onto the scene in 2022 with her recent collaboration with Flume titled “Say Nothing”. The single amassed a little over 24 million listens on Spotify and placed MAY-A firmly in the spotlight. Despite her seemingly quick rise to fame, her back catalogue suggests otherwise with a beautifully crafted E.P titled Don’t Kiss Your Friends, detailing a carefully considered analysis of exploring one's sexuality. Her crystalline pop vocals will undoubtedly be the star of the show, and her set is not something to be missed at this year's festival.


Murry Cook’s Soul Movers are a jack of all trades and have an assortment of long-standing talent that makes up this electric six-piece. Led by front-women Lizzie Mack, the band boasts legendary OG-Red-Wiggle, Murry Cook on lead guitar, Matt Crawford and Tony Mitchell (Sherbet) on bass, Marko Simec on keys (Waiting For Guinness) and legendary session musician Luke Herbert (Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers, Don Walker etc.) on drums. This supergroup will take you on a musical tour of the 60s and 70s, showcasing the best of what Australia has to offer in musical talent.

After winning the Triple J Unearthed High comp with her debut song ‘Circles’, George Alice has gone from strength to strength. Officially signing a global deal with US label Loma Vista Recordings (Denzel Curry, St. Vincent, Skegss, Soccer Mommy), George made a splash with follow-up singles ‘Stuck In A Bubble’, ‘Teenager’ and ‘Mid Years’, with all four singles now having amassed a total of 20 million global streams. And she's only just getting started.

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