The first band we caught on Sunday was City Calm Down, after loving every song from the band I had to catch them. Sitting in the afternoon sun it was a lovely way to watch such a soul wrenching band at the Amphitheatre stage. Massive tracks like 'Run Rabbit Run', 'Son', 'Boarder On Control' and the best cover I've heard in a real long time 'Let's Dance' by the well missed David Bowie. There is a true uniqueness of Jack Bourke (lead singer) voice is something extraordinary, the baritone and deepness really brings a special element to the band. Recommend you see this band 100%, a highlight of my festival for sure.
We ran over to the Mix Up Tent to catch the smooth soulful-esque that is The Internet, one of the most talked about bands of the year. The Los Angeles based band just came from Japan's Fuji Rock Festival to placing to the loose Aussie audiences, the tent was packed to the brim with grooving bodies. The Internet know how to get you swaying like a sex machine, some of the most southful and sexy music around at the moment. We got to hear tracks like 'Girl', 'Special Affair' and 'Get Away'. I think we should all keep a good eye on this band, they'll be going far and wide.
Grabbing our jackets for a jam packed night of killer acts, we made our way over to catch much loved Australian band The Jungle Giants at the GW McLennan stage, where we literally couldn't even get a toe into the tent because it was spilling out with people. I honestly didn't realise how big the fan base was for this band until I watched their set at Splendour, their indie-sunny pop tracks make even the grumpiest of people smile. Tracks like 'She's A Riot', 'Mr Polite' and 'No One Needs To Know' were all cracked out and man did we dance. Seeing bands like this make me so happy and stoked to be involved in the aussie music scene because man we have some bloody great bands floating around.
Exactly what you need on Day 3, Golden Features dropping bombs like a guillotine to a tent filled with people. Amazingly one guy manage to climb up the sound pole in the middle of the tent, hanging off by one hand shaking his booty to the crowd. I'm not going to lie, I had an experience dancing on the bins like a Splendour Bender rat. Dancing our hang overs away to tracks such as No One ft Thelma Plum and Tell Me the banga with Nicole Millar and eerie track Do You. We were hoping for a surprise pop on stage by one of the girls but they still managed to get the crowd bopping.
After the sweat dance fest at the Mix Up tent we headed to the Amphitheatre, ready for the smooth, soulful, delicious voice of James Blake right after Boy and Bear. Slowng the growd with Part Time Believer, Feeding Line, Harlequin Dream and Southern Sun. It was the perfect atmosphere to stand up nice and close to your mates giving you that warm fuzzy feeling the Boy and Bear do so well. The ever so humble David Hosking Thanking the crowd numerous times as this was the biggest crowd they had ever played to!
Overcoming a few technical issues his set was beautiful. Playing new track Radio Silence saw bodies swaying back and forth throughout the area, whiles Limit your Love had the crowd singing along. Retrograde filled with its synth like magic amped up the crowd a bit more.
To end the festival young gun Flume was the last to take the stage at the Amphitheatre, it looked like the whole of Splendour had come out to witness this monumental moment. Flume has risen through the ranks quickly and it's not surprise he got picked to be the final headliner of the festival. Coupled with an amazing light show Flume wasnt selfish with the stage, sharing the spot light with Vera Blue, Ngaiire, Remi, Baro, Kučka and Jess Kent which just made every track more authentic and bloody amazing! Vera Blue coupled her soft voice for track Never Be Like You taking on Kai's vocals whiles the crowd lit up the sky with lighters and phone lights. Ngaiire lent her talent to Take A Chance. Jess Kent stood in for Tove Lo's vocals Say It. Flume the little legend gave these guy's the opportunity to play to a huge crowd that they might not get the opportunity for years. Definitely the biggest collaboration Splendour has seen. He also chucked in remixes of Lorde’s Tennis Court and Hermitude’s HyperParadise both drawing huge reactions from the crowd as they danced and sang the last night away.
Confetti burst from the stage and flowed over the crowd as the ever humble Flume closed his set with the successful remix of Disclosure's You & Me. After that he brought everyone back on stage for a group photo the yelled “Fuck you Pauline Hanson! Goodnight!” and dropping the mic as he walked off stage. FLUME WE SALUTE YOU!
We cant wait for next year!
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