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Splendour Spotlight: Our 11 favourite sets of Splendour in the Grass 2015

Splendour in the Grass has once again come and gone, and while we're free of the mud-caked wasteland that North Byron Parklands became, we will miss what really mattered first and foremost: the music. Splendour is always teeming with bands and artists giving it their very all, matching the reputation of arguably Australia's best festival with career-defining sets from local acts and big showcases from internationals both new and old. There's always much, much more than just a few highlights coming out of the weekend, whether it be a new band/artist you stumbled upon or a long-awaited live performance from an iconic band. Here, we reflect on our 11 favourite performances from the three days of live music.

Splendour Sideshow Review: Blur + Jamie T - Perth Arena (30.07.15)


Photo Credit: Stuart Sevastos

It had been 18 years between visits for Blur when they played Perth Arena on Thursday night, or as frontman Damon Albarn aptly put it, "It’s been a while… A generation".

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Blur + Jamie T - Perth Arena (30.07.15)

Blur play at Perth Arena

Next stop for Britpop legends Blur was at Perth Arena where they put on a awesome show with support coming from Jamie T. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos was there to bring you the highlights of the night!

Splendour Sideshow Review: Blur + Jamie T - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (28.07.15)

It’s been a while since Britpop icons Blur have graced our shores with a full tour – 18 years in fact. Not to worry, however, as they are currently Down Under as headliners of Splendour In The Grass and were kind enough to stop by Rod Laver Arena to pump out a solid two hours of hits, misses, and everything in between. With fellow Briton Jamie T in support, the close to capacity crowd were treated to spectacular lighting and a group that clearly haven’t forgotten how to put on a show.

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Blur + Jamie T - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (28.07.15)

After a 20 year wait, Brit-pop kings Blur brought their incredible live show to Melbourne this week. Adelaide contributor Lauren Connelly headed over to witness history and shot these flicks!

Splendour Sideshow Review: Blur + Jamie T - Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (25.07.15)

Although it was a thought that was not too distant from our minds, Damon Albarn reminded us early in the set that it’s been 18 years since the iconic band Blur has played in Australia. Could the band return to our shores in triumphant Brit-pop glory? Lachlan Mitchell brings us this review…

Splendour in the Grass Festival Review: Sunday (26.07.15)


Blur shot by Andrew Wade

The Sunday Splendour Struggle was always going to be a tough one to get through, and as if it wasn't already enough wading through the thick and squishy, alcohol obviously got the best of many who forced themselves to show out early. No one was left wanting in terms of hangover food, with Splendour once again absolutely nailing festival eats, but the physical effects of an epic Saturday clearly took the spring away from our collective steps. Despite the slow moving and slightly zombie-esque crowd of the morning, Sunday did manage to stand out as the festival's best (an honour that usually goes to Day 2) and it was mainly due to that highly anticipated triple-hit of Royal Blood, Tame Impala, and headliners Blur from 7:30pm.

Splendour in the Grass Photo Gallery: Sunday (26.07.15)

Our exclusive photo coverage of Splendour in the Grass comes to an end with the earth-shaking performance from the one and only Blur. Check out photos of the UK legends alongside the likes of modern UK superheroes Royal Blood, Australia's psych kings Tame Impala and many, many more...

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Blur + Jamie T - Qantas Credit Union Arena (25.07.15)

The mighty Blur makes their way back to Australia after a 20 year absence. Blur performed at the QANTAS Credit Union Arena last night as a warm up to their Splendour In The Grass headline appearance. Supporting act was Jamie T. Photos by Johnny Au.

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: July 24th - July 26th - The Splendour Edition!

It's Splendahhh weekend! For those of you who aren't going to Byron for the festival, the east coast is about to get hit with a tonne of killer sideshows. Here's some of our picks!

'Splendour in the Grass TV' to broadcast sets by Blur, Royal Blood, Peking Duk & more this weekend!

Not heading to Splendour this weekend? Miss tickets? Maybe work commitments are keeping you from getting muddy out in Byron this year? Or maybe you prefer to head to the slew of sideshows hitting the east coast over the next two weeks? Either way, if you still crave the musical moments from the festival no doubt someone you know will be talking about for the next few weeks, Splendour and Telstra have you covered with 'Splendour in the Grass TV'!

Splendour headliners Blur release new track "My Terracotta Heart" and hold Record Store Day listening parites

Record Store Day brought with it a myriad of new music - but not all of it was available on vinyl. In advance of the day, Brit-pop icons Blur released another sneak peak from their upcoming record The Magic Whip in the form of the track "My Terracotta Heart", while they teased fans with listening parties for the record around Los Angeles on Record Store Day itself. Via a travelling ice cream van, no less.

Blur, Mark Ronson, Florence and the Machine, and The Wombats headline Splendour In The Grass 2015

This year Splendour in the Grass will be headlined by the likes of Blur, Mark Ronson, The Wombats, and Florence and the Machine, joining a very long list of eyebrow-raising names which will be spread out over the three days. Also coming down for the festival's 15th year will be Royal Blood, Spiritualized, Of Monsters and Men, and Earl Sweatshirt, amongst many other acts.

New Music Video: Blur "There Are Too Many Of Us" (2015)

UK legends Blur have been busy prepping their new album The Magic Whip, a follow up to 2003's Think Tank, and have decided to roll out a second offering titled "There Are Too Many of Us". The song is reportedly inspired by the 'Sydney Siege' and was written by frontman Damon Albarn while he was in the city during the tragedy. With a sullen blues element, urgent synths, and a marching drum beat, Albran's poignant voice ponders on future generations to remind us of how thoughtful he has always been as a songwriter.

New Music Video: Blur "Go Out" (2015)

Veteran rockers Blur made an unexpected announcement today; they are returning with an actual full length LP, their first album in over a dozen years. Titled The Magic Whip, the album will be released on April 27th and dissected by the many, many fans the britpop legends have left waiting since 2003's acclaimed Think Tank. What's more is that original guitarist Graham Coxon is back on board for this project. The announcement has brought the official video for the album's first single "Go Out", giving Blur fans something nice and promising to digest in the lead up to the release date.