Pictured: Metric by Marc Grimwade for Splendour In The Grass. Used with Permission.
Though the 2012 event may be forever remembered as a return to the muddy Byron Bay site and a freak hail storm perhaps heralded by the loud rock of DZ Deathrays (who say their amps miraculously survived the on stage waterfall), ultimately it will be the music that we'll be talking about until the next Splendour rolls along - which we expect to be at their new, permanent, hopefully less muddy home.
Another jam packed week full of big acts. This week we have on the bill Maroon 5, Sia, Van She, The Tallest Man On Earth and Train to start off with. There's everything from re-releases to best of albums for the last week of March and things aren't slowing down for April either, next week will be another huge week for new album announcements.
Start firing up the Splendour In The Grass rumours; Bloc Party have announced their first post-reunion show at the Melt! Festival in Germany.
Wow. The weather gods do NOT like Parklife. Is it just me or does it rain on the first Sunday of every October? Though we avoided a torrential downpour, the rain did little to stop the punters from jumping in the mud - and the extreme cold did little to stop the rest from taking off their shirts and wearing painfully short skirts. I guess you have to admire their conviction to adhere to whatever this festival mentality is... But I digress. Onto the music!
It was dancing in the rain as the Parklife circus rolled into Perth, featuring a lineup consisting of Gossip, The Streets, Kimbra, Duck Sauce, The Aston Shuffle, Death From Above 1979, Crystal Fighters and more. Stuart Sevastos brings us the photos from the day...
Parklife 2011 really was a thing of beauty. It came complete with perfect weather, a great line-up, good crowd and short drink queues. The organisers have found the perfect setting for the festival at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the heart of Melbourne. In such lush surroundings it’s easy to forget that the CBD is only a quick stroll along the Yarra away. And so the scene was set for another cracking round of cutting edge electronic and indie vibes.
Yet another year where Royksopp were rumoured to play Parklife... but it didn't eventuate. Sigh. Though this lineup, being touted as "the best ever", probably is! Let's not bore you with our jibber jabber... here is the lineup for the 2011 Parklife festival - and the dates. Tickets are on sale June 30th.
Death From Above 1979
Mylo (DJ set)
Naked & Famous