There’s no point living in denial, not all of us were lucky enough to make our way to this year’s kick-ass Splendour In The Grass music festival.
We’re more than certain that those who missed out received an overwhelming amount of drunken calls/texts/snapchats of the musical madness from their punter pals, not to mention the clogging of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds that left you with a nasty complexion of envied green.
Unless you’ve got the best will power in the world, it’s almost impossible not to be curious over what went down from 24th to 27th July at the incredibly lush festival grounds at Byron Bay, especially when such a grand event is headlined by the likes of Outkast, Lily Allen and Interpol.
We’ve put together the most talked about moments to reignite the jealously flame you’d managed to distinguish this morning when you woke up not hungover and not dying for your own bed and shower.
Violent Soho Are Australia’s Favourite Festival Band
The rise of Violent Soho after 2013’s unforgiving Hungry Ghost has been unstoppable. The guys took the Saturday afternoon slot at the Amphitheatre Stage, and to the surprise of no-one, blew it to smithereens.
In what has been hailed by many as the performance of the weekend, the four-piece tore through their hour long set, shaking the Byron Bay grounds with their almighty punk rock force. Forget about being ‘Covered In Chrome’, these lads are smothered in shiny, shiny gold. If you want some proof of how just how good the Brisbane locals’ set was, check out their biggest “hell fuck yeah” ever:
Outkast Killed It, You Probably Missed Out
In what has to be one of the biggest names to ever headline the winter festival, the reformed kings of hip-hop, Outkast, played their only show in Australia to The Amphitheatre on Friday night. The once in a life time performance saw the duo drop hit after hit in a 24-song setlist as the lucky throng of ticket holders shook their collective asses like polaroid pictures. This is unquestionably the fuel to the jealousy fire, we can only hope we see the pair return as soon as possible.
Silly Lily’s Prank Lands Aussie Police In Hot Water
She’s at it again. After charming hearts at her Melbourne warm-up performance, witty-pop extraordinare Lily Allen caused quite the stir on her way to the Splendour grounds. Kneeling outside the Gold Coast Airport, the 29 year-old asked Australian Federal Police officers if they would handcuff her and take a snap, to which she then uploaded the image to both her Instagram and Twitter accounts (which is broadcast to more than 4.3-million followers) with the simple caption “#uhoh” as a bit of a laugh.
She has since deleted the social posts, as Billboard reports, but Allen’s little stunt has landed her obliging Aussie cops in potential trouble, who are now undergoing an internal investigation for breach of protocol. It sure is hard out here, isn’t it, Lil?
Bender Crowned Triple J’s “Mayor Of Splendour”
Whether you’re a fan of getting a little bit fancy and dressing up at music festivals, or you enjoy laughing at those that do, costumes always adds that extra carefree partying spirit. Splendour this year was no exception, littered with many ‘best-dressed’ punters. The greatest of all was a lad donned out in a silver spray-painted get-up that resembled Futurama’s bad-bot, Bender. It was actually Triple J’s Mayor of Splendour competition winner. Naturally, when a mayor is elected, there must be a celebration, so what better way to be inducted than partying on stage with Ball Park Music as they belt out ‘She Only Loves Me When I’m There’? And Speaking of the Brisbane pop-rockers…
Ball Park Music Electrify Audience With Queen Cover
There’s nothing better than a band covering a classic at a music festival (there just isn’t). The crew of Ball Park Music are well in tune with this sentiment, and during their Friday arvo annexation of The Amphitheatre, the outfit pulled out the biggest of crowd-pleasing tracks, Queen’s stadium screaming ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ To give ’em credit, Ball Park Music are known to drop this bad boy into their sets on occasion, but like the late and great Freddie Mercury before them certainly knew, timeless tracks like these are best reserved for the grandest of platforms.
Peking Duk’s Star-Studded Collaboration Set
The Canberra electronic duo absolutely nailed their performance on Friday at the Mix Up Stage. More than aware of how to get a party started, the twosome fired t-shirts and streamers into the adoring crowd before inviting a string of stars to perform alongside them, including Aussie rapper 360, The Kite String Tangle, and emerging favourites Yeo and SAFIA. On top of this, the pair also invited pretty much everyone on stage to party the hell down during the set. How’s that festival jealously fire burning?
The Jezabels’ Hayley Mary Breaks Down On Stage
As the rain began to pour Saturday night over The Amphitheatre, Sydney rock outfit The Jezabels did everything right as the crowd braved the wet to dig the band’s sounds. The howling frontwoman Hayley Mary was so emotionally overwhelmed by the dedicated fans that she was reduced to tears. In what seems almost too fitting, the group then closed with the mesmerising ‘Dark Storm.’ They say magic moments happen in the Splendour grounds – this was definitely one of them.
Last Minute Replacement Sets From Foals, The Presets & City And Colour Killed It
In what felt like a series of unfortunate events, Splendour’s line-up lost headline act after headline act. With Two Door Cinema Club dropping from the list, only to be replaced by indie-rock legends Foals, the pain of loss was fleeting. Splendour In The Grass favourites, Foals had no trouble setting the crowd alight and even dedicated ‘Late Night’ to the ill Alex Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club.
With London Grammar’s very last minute cancellation, Aussie electronica duo The Presets were called in to the rescue. Taking the Friday night position of City and Colour, the pair reminded everyone why they will always reside as champions of Australia’s indie-dance scene.
This left the enormous shoes of Saturday night’s headline slot to be filled by the soothing sounds of City and Colour, who were originally billed to open for Two Door Cinema Club on Saturday night. Dallas Green and his musical cohorts delivered a performance that charmed hearts effortlessly, proving you don’t need to be some party-banging outfit to close-out a main stage of a festival.