It’s been just a week ‘post-Splendour’ and festival-goers have been left with the taste of sweet music that only the packed Splendour in the Grass line-up could have delivered.
It only took minutes to sell-out in April, then come July attendees from across the nation converged on the North Byron Parklands for a four-day celebration of good tunes.
As a first timer at Splendour, there were plenty of positive and negative emotions experienced over the weekend. The overall mood was enhanced with the weather being perfect across the whole weekend, the sun was out and there was hardly a cloud in sight.
The xx, Queens of the Stone Age and the reunited LCD Soundsystem were the highly anticipated headliners, yet the depth within the lineup was certainly one the most attractive aspects.
There was an abundance of Australian acts that sparked a sense of national pride, like the great Paul Kelly and Bernard Fanning (along with Powderfinger). With the addition of big time international acts from all over the world that seldom make the trip to our shores, including exclusive shows from ScHoolboy Q and Future Islands.
Music aside, there was so much more to do at Splendour in the Grass than first anticipated. An array of food options was spread across the entire festival site, boasting a range of multicultural food choices that would please the pickiest of eaters. Even the beloved Gelato Messina made an appearance with a pop-up store continently located for all the ice cream fanatics. In addition, multiple drink venues were available with the new Visa payWave payment option making it quick and easy for anyone that wanted to purchase a beer for $10.50.
One big surprise was the inclusion of families throughout the event. A selection of activities for kids and families, including Splendour in the Craft and Little Splendour had kids running around having the time of their life, adding to the overall laid back nature of the festival.
The Splendour Comedy Club was a great alternative to the musical talent on display and if you were in need of a good laugh it was the place to go. Around 30 comedians performed across all four nights, with former Triple J morning presenter Matt Okine being one of the standouts. Other notable acts included; The Umbilical Brothers, Tom Gleeson and Becky Lucas.
Despite all things great throughout the festival, the main attraction was the music and it did not fail to disappoint.
The biggest problem with so many great acts on display is that there isn’t enough time to see them all. With a smorgasbord of bands and artists on hand, there was only enough time to get to taste a handful and therefore you must accept the inescapable regret of missing one of your favorite acts.
Some the best acts across the four days included; Vera Blue, Tash Sultana, Peking Duck, Banks, RL Grime, Haim, The XX, Dune Rats, Catfish & the Bottlemen, Two Door Cinema Club, Bernard Fanning, Queens of the Stone Age, Paul Kelly, The Smith Street Band, A.B Original, Client Liaison, ScHoolboy Q, Meg Mac, Stormzy, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and LCD Soundsystem.
My pick of the bunch would have to be Client Liaison. The Melbourne based Indie Pop/Electronic group put on an absolute show as the sun went down on Saturday evening. Joined by Triple J Hack host Tom Tilley, the group had the crowd singing every word. They were then joined mid-set by Aussie icon Tina Arena, who had the crowd in awe as she belted out her single ‘Sorrento Moon’.
Splendour in the Grass is a festival experience that any music fan should be ticking off their bucket list. If you have ever thought about making the trek to Splendour then I would without a doubt suggest grabbing a bunch of mates and giving it a go.