FESTS // Splendour in the Grass – 2017 // North Byron Parklands

Photo by Ian Laidlaw

Splendour blues? Us too.

Splendour is our #1 festival in Australia’s lineup, and though we’re still suffering from the post-Splendour flu/blues/plague, it was 100% worth it. Let’s relive our top ten highlights.

Peking Duk & Co

Peking Duk (and their talented extended fam) served up a spectacular set on Friday night. The duo haven’t even released their debut album yet but their slew of proven bangers have made them an Aussie favourite. They hit us with remixes of Lorde’s ‘Perfect Places’, Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ and Kendrick’s ‘HUMBLE’, and surprised us with some guest appearances for their originals, including Ben from SAFIA, Dan Sultan, Vera Blue for ‘Strangers’, Nicole Millar and ALUNAGEORGE OMFG. Watch the magic below.

CLIENT LIAISON + TINA FUCKING ARENA

YES, THIS HAPPENED AND IT WAS GLORIOUS. Client Liaison are masters of communicating the Australian kitsch + masters of performance. With an off-white limousine bobbing along through the crowd, Tina Arena joined Client Liaison on stage for ‘A Foreign Affair’, ‘Sorrento Moon’ and a cover of Womack & Womack’s ‘Teardrops’. What does it mean for ya?

The female heavyweights

There was no shortage of female superstars at Splendour. Vera Blue completely enchanted us with songs from her debut album, Perennial, Meg Mac blew everyone away with her powerhouse vocals, and BANKS (+ her Matrix twin dancers) commanded the Mix-Up Tent with her phenomenal stage presence. Let’s not forget Tove Lo and her beautiful bosom. The Swedish singer has a track record of flashing her boobs at shows and Splendour was just another festival to add to that list. Tove Lo is unapologetically proud of her body. For her, flashing the crowd is not just a bit of fun – it’s a powerful, feminist statement. #freethenipple

HAIM gave us a little bit of their love

HAIM won everyone over with their Valley charm. The trio played favourites from their debut album, Days Are Gone, a few songs from their recent sophomore release, Something To Tell You, and ended the set with a phenomenal drum sesh. Este Haim gets a special mention for her epic bassface and crowd surfing.

Photo by Justin Ma

Nostalgia in the form of Bag Raiders and Two Door Cinema Club

Bag Raiders played an incredible DJ set, throwing in old-school favourites, ‘Sunlight‘, ‘Way Back Home‘ and ‘Shooting Stars‘. The Mix-Up Tent closed with Two Door Cinema Club on Saturday night, who took us all the way back to 2010 with their early hits ‘Undercover Martyn‘, ‘I Can Talk‘, and ‘What You Know‘. These bands remind us of our first foray into the indie music scene (as well as some pretty messy first-year uni parties). Ah, the nostalgia.

Get your glit on

It’s amazing how no fucks are given at a music festival when it comes to fashion. Every second person was donned in either mom jeans, pageboy hats, space buns, tartan, fishnet stockings, or ‘Thrift Shop‘-style faux fur jackets, but glitter was truly the main event. The best get-up we saw was a woman wandering through the crowd (un)dressed as a unicorn. Think pink + purple + blue shimmery body paint complete with tail, mane and horn.

Bishop Briggs, brah

Bishop Briggs was one of our standout acts from Splendour in the Grass. She’s had a whirlwind past year, earning viral and commercial success from her first few singles ‘River‘ and ‘Wild Horses‘, and her debut self-titled EP came out in April. The singer drew a huge crowd at the Mix-Up Tent. She bounded from one side of the stage to the other, but her voice never faltered. Her parents are originally from a town called Bishopbriggs in Scotland (hence the name), and we met her #1 fan at the front of the crowd, who ALSO hails from Bishopbriggs (brah). Pls watch the hilarity below.

Winner of the best food stall goes to…

Yaman! This place serves up traditional Yemen food, and the mellawach is their shining star – pureed tomato, boiled egg, feta cheese, olive oil, zatar (mix of herbs and sesame seeds), and zhug (mix of coriander, chilli, garlic, olive oil and spices) wrapped in fried puff pastry. HEAVEN. Just take a trip down to the Gelato Messina stall afterwards, and you’re basically set for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert at Splendour.

The headliners

Splendour has the ability to pull some incredible bands for their headline acts. The xx played a dreamy set on Friday at the Amphitheatre, complete with rainbow light show, and Queens of the Stone Age lit up Saturday night with a performance that was pure rock and roll. LCD Soundsystem closed the entire festival with an almost two-hour set. So much respect for these guys! Safe to say that the audience danced themselves clean with every banger they delivered, but it was their final song, ‘All My Friends‘ that quite literally united the crowd, arms linking. Such a fitting end.

See you at the Tipi Forest

The night ain’t over until you’ve exhausted yourself at the Tipi Forest. Skip the Smirnoff Tent and make a beeline for the Tipi Forest, which plays your fave bush-doof tunes until 2am, when security make the effort to usher every drug-addled zombie outta there. It’s a long walk back to the tents in the freezing cold, but we definitely took the party back to our campsite. It helps when you’ve successfully snuck in 15L of goon. See you next year!

Photo by Aimee Catt

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