LOCAL BAND: Benny Reed, Toby Cregan and Jonny Lani, from Skegss have been selected by Triple J Unearthed to play at Splendour in the Grass.
LOCAL BAND: Benny Reed, Toby Cregan and Jonny Lani, from Skegss have been selected by Triple J Unearthed to play at Splendour in the Grass. Mireille Merlet

Local band Skegss joins massive Splendour line-up

IT'S THE festival known for bringing some of the biggest names in music to the Northern Rivers each year but between the headliners you're sure to find a flurry of local talents at Splendour in the Grass.

One such local group taking to the stage at this year's festival is Byron Bay band Skegss, who were recently announced as winners of the local Triple J Unearthed competition.

The band, made up of 24-year-old bass guitarist Toby Cregan, 23-year-old Jonny 'Layback' Lani on drums and vocalist and guitarist Benny Reed, aka Ben Ben Bograil, will be performing their 'laid back, comical punk' sound on the very same stage as international acts such as Florence and the Machine, Mark Ronson and Blur, to name a few.

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The band was thrilled to find out they'll be joining a line-up of personal influences such as The King Khan & BBQ Show and Dune Ratz, which according to the boys will add to the experience.

"It's huge, it's the biggest festival in Australia and to be on that line-up, having our name up there against Tame Impala and stuff, it's pretty surreal," Ben said.

"The Amphitheatre - that's stage we'll be performing on and I don't think there'll be many bigger stages for anyone throughout the year.

"And the fact that it is right here in Byron, where we all live, makes it more special."

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • San Cisco, The Rubens, Death Cab for Cutie, Of Monsters and Men and Mark Ronson at the Amphitheatre from 4.45pm until midnight.
  • Client Liaison, Tkay Maidza, Everything Everything and Peking Duck at the Mix Up Stage
  • Paul Mac at the Tiny Dancer Stage
  • Si Clone at the Tipi Forest
  • Miss Friby's Cabaret and Mae Wilde's Dr Sketchy Cabaret at the Global Village.
  • CIA whistle-blower John Kiriakou at the Forum at noon
  • Ladyboy Mc at 6pm
  • Nicole Brophy at 3pm at the Buskers Stage

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