Our Splendour In The Grass reporter MARIAH JAEGER recently recovered enough from SITG flu to file her report on one of the biggest music festivals of the calendar.
One of the highlights for the year, Splendour In The Grass, has come and gone leaving attendees with many highlights, and others with much expected FOMO. The weekend brought some of the world’s best artists to Australia accompanied by food, fashion and beauty tents to offer some of byron’s best picks. Let’s take a look at some of the best moments from one of 2017s most anticipated weekends.
Friday had the whole amphitheatre swaying to Tash Sultana, playing her hits Jungle and Notion under the sunset. The one-woman-band was barefoot on stage in an oversized shirt and boho hat over her dreadlocks looking perfectly raw as she sung her reverb soaked vocals to the crowd. Peking Duk graced the stage by bringing their songs to life with real instruments for their hit Stranger. The highlight of their set was by far Aluna George who wasn’t even on the lineup, making an appearance to perform Fake Magic accompanied by many cheers and streaming confetti that floated and fell across the amphitheatre. Other guests such as Safia and Vera Blue also made appearances to sing hits eventually coming to a close on the duo’s hit song High.
Hockey Dad kicked off Saturday playing crowd favourites, So Tired, I Need a Woman and A Night Out With. The band’s drummer Billy even stopped mid ay to do a shoey out of an eager fan’s boot. The boys did not fail to create a wild energy with their surf grunge music and the crowd that had doubled since the beginning of their set didn’t mind burning in the heat to enjoy the tunes. Bag Raiders had people spewing out of the tent and cramming their way in to get a better view. Everyone was dancing and singing along cheerfully to Shooting Stars, the band’s most praised song bringing back nostalgia, creating a perfect moment. Slumberjack Australian electronic duo performed an amazing set bringing out Vera Blue to perform her hit ‘Fracture’ the entire mix-up tent was beaming with colour and starry eyed fans.
Sunday arrived and attendees savoured their last day of the festival. LA band LANY started the day and closed their set with their dreamy hit ILYSB telling the screaming crowd this was the first time they had played a main stage as artists. Tove Lo put on a show to remember with her high energy performance performing sultry songs Talking Body, Cool Girl and closing her set with the crowds favourite Habits. Tove Lo even made her mark as a true provocateur by flashing throughout her set, giving the crowd something to talk about. Schoolboy Q closed my night bringing people to the amphitheatre as far as the eye could see. His beats had the whole crowd rapping along as Groovy Q broke up the crowd to form tiny mosh pits at his demand. Kanye West even made an appearance but not in person, his face was hard to miss on the back of a giant inflatable jumping castle.
This year’s Splendour in The Grass was one to remember and possibly a challenge for some to recall. The weekend brought many praised acts and guests to the stage to make the nights special, each one trying to create an unforgettable moment in Splendour history. All we can do now is stop looking over the photos from the weekend, pull ourselves together and set our countdowns to the next festival with many possibilities of who will be the next acts to visit our shores.