Splendour In The Grass official day 1, although we arrived on Thursday which was shock mayhem, Friday was the day to kick it all off. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and we were already sweating as the day was set for one of the hottest Splendours yet. Punters began to filter through the gates at North Byron Parklands for another year of epic camping-festival adventure fun!
Alex Lahey had the honour of opening up the Amphitheatre as the Triple J Unearthed Winner. Whiles Sampa The Great opened the Mix Up stage and Nashville’s The Wild Feathers kicked off the GW McLennan stage.
We quickly rushed to the Amphitheatre to catch English 5 piece Nothing But Thieves who were getting the crowd warmed up for Sydney lads DMA's. Conor Mason's high-wire vocals mesmerised us start to finish. Quickly making our way back to the GW McLennan Stage to catch a glimpse of the much talked about band Fat White Family who were absolutely epic, and also got starkas for their set, leaving nothing but his socks and connies left on. We ran into Angus Stone in the media tent who loved them that much he was considering flying to Sydney on the Saturday to watch them all over again!
Dashing to DMA's we found the perfect spot on the hill to the right of stage close enough to have a boogay but high enough to have the perfect view of the boys. Hundreds of people made their way down for the Sydney pop 3 piece. Playing crowd favourites such as Delete and Lay Down had the crowd singing along and on their feet.
Ready for a dance we went off to find Hayden James at the Mix Up Tent. The tent was so packed people perched themselves up on the bins of either side, whiles some keen beans decided to climb the poles, although they got a killer view for a while it wasn't very smart as they were usually met by security at the bottom. As we squeezed our way through the crowd as much as we could, we danced our little hearts out to tracks such as Just a Lover, Something About You, Permission To Love and Say My Name (ODEZSA) amongst others.
Next up for us was Brisbane legends Violent Soho, this was definitely the highlight of Friday. No matter how many times you see Soho they never disappoint, if anything their show's get bigger, better and tighter! The full moon climbed behind the Amphitheatre, offering the perfect picturesque view of the boys on stage. The boys absolutely killed it playing tracks Like Soda, Sentimental, Fur Eyes, Viceroy to a crowd surfing bunch of hooligans whiles guitarist James Tidswell and bassist Luke Henry had their lushes locks flying through the air as singer Luke Boerdam sang all tracks perfectly. Paying tribute to the godfathers of grunge the boys played a version of Nirvana's Bleed before closing their set with crowd favourite Covered In Chrome.
Then the moment everyone had been waiting for, the critically acclaimed Avalanches. One of the most anticipated acts of the entire festival after not playing live since 2007. Maybe expectations were too high as many dispersed from the crowd early on. It wasn’t until the notable singles from Wildflower kicked in that the party started to kick off amongst the crowd. New track Frankie Sinatra was definitely well recieved!
23 minutes late, The Strokes came out to a fully packed Amphitheatre and roaring fan base. The Strokes played brilliantly, not able to fault anything Julian Casablances and his perfect hair lead the band through opening song The Modern Age, Soma, Threat of Joy. Reptillia got the crowd absolutely screaming. They closed the absolutely epic and memorable set with Last Nite. Personal favourite was Someday as our group began to dance 60's swing style with limber limbs. Julian the cheeky devil muttered into the mic “So festivals hey? “…alright I have no idea what to say so I’ll just shut the fuck up and play music.”
The Strokes Set List:
‘The Modern Age’
‘Threat Of Joy’
‘Welcome To Japan’
‘Heart In A Cage’
‘Is This It’
‘Hard To Explain’
‘Trying Your Luck’
‘New York City Cops’
Photography By - Kyle Keene
- Maria Boyadgis
- Rabbit Radio