Wow what a weekend of magical music!
Splendour was at it’s best with glorious sunshine opening the festivities on Friday afternoon. The smorgasbord of sounds over the 3 days was enough to satiate everyones hunger.
Main stage Day 1 highlights included DMAs, Angus & Julia Stone and Lorde and the smaller stages also pulled in the crowds with Dune Rats, Miguel and the Presets, doing what they do best. Henry Rollins gave an amazing insight into his travels and experiences and proving that humans can be and do great things.
Day 2 Continued the Splendour Gold Rush with Methyl Ethyl, Gang of Youths snaking those hips through their playlist, Franz Ferdinand and then Chvrches bringing in some warmth as the temperature dropped. Ocean Alley and Jungle Giants both seemed to outgrow their stages with fans spilling out into the surrounding area to enjoy the shows. Hilltop Hoods gave an amazing performance from the Mix Up stage that dragged many away from Vampire Weekend.
Day 3 and Summer arrived at Splendour with temperatures in the mid twenties for Skeggs early afternoon performance, the youngsters attracting a major crowd to the amphitheatre early on. It was an evening for the dance crew with Pnau exceeding expectations and filling the bowl with love. MGMT continued to hit the right rhythm and those that made the detour to the Avalanches DJ set were not disappointed. The Wombats gave a strong performance, always a crowd pleaser. The slightly tardy Kendrick Lamar kept his fans waiting in the chill night air, however in such a huge crowd they radiated the heat outwards.
The usual mixture of glitter, underwear as outerwear, onesies and rainbows kept everything interesting and the crowd was a very happy one. The Red Frogs did a sterling job of helping those who needed it and a big shout out has to go to the stage security who did a great job of getting people out of the mosh under sometimes very difficult conditions. The volunteers were as always amazing, I have never seen such happy car park staff dancing their directions all through the day.
Looking forward to next year already.