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.
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...
Photo Credit: Andrew Wade
Day two of Splendour in the Grass was full of big moments spread throughout the entire day, the biggest unsurprisingly being headliner Florence & The Machine. Rain didn't play a factor at all, though the mud situation only slightly improved from piles and piles of wood chips scattered around the grounds to make for helpful paths, particularly in the area in front of the main entrance which was second in thickness only to the entire space between the Mix-Up Stage and Red Bull Music Academy.
All the action from the second full day of action at Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay - with Florence + The Machine (pictured), The Wombats and many, many more.
Andrew Wade brings us all the action from Friday at Splendour in the Grass in Byron! The gallery features: #1 Dads, Client Liaison, Death Cab For Cutie, DZ Deathrays, Ecca Vandal (pictured), Everything Everything, Gengahr, Harts, Harvey Sutherland, Johnny Marr, Mark Ronson, Marmozets, Of Monsters and Men, The Rubens and Tired Lion!
Pictured: Harts. Photo by Andrew Wade.
Rain thankfully held back for the most part, blessing the official first day of Splendour in the Grass with relatively clear skies and drying up some of the thick mud that covered the parklands; at least until the headliners.
The crowd was looking just a little tired and dusty as the fourth and final day at Falls kicked into gear. It was the coolest day thus far, breezy and cloud covered, but it was nonetheless still baking when Sydney’s Sticky Fingers wandered on to the Valley Stage.
It’s the afternoon, the heat has broken slightly, and Asgeir stands on the Forest Stage, playing a lilting cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”. Hushed and gentle, it shifts Cobain’s drawl for Asgeir’s fey vocals, altering it into a delicate indie anthem. It’s halfway through his set, and he’s just warmed up after a sluggish start. Single “Going Home” came just before, extended with pitch warped keyboard solos, and “King And Cross” will come later, before the folkish “Torrent” closes out the set.
It’s five minutes to midnight, Flume’s remix of “Tennis Court” is spinning out from the Valley Stage, where Alison Wonderland ducks and jumps behind the decks. Confetti is falling, lit up gold by the fierce strobes, drifting and sticking to the 10,000 sweaty people that are crammed into the Valley. The music cuts for the countdown, and Day two of Falls ends as the New Year begins – with another explosion of confetti.
The misting stations offered the only reprieve. The barometer was pushing higher and higher and with barely any shade to be found, walking through a green tunnel that sprayed water at you seemed like the best option. Shirts clung to skin, whether through sweat or water spray it was impossible to tell, as the second Falls Festival in Byron Bay shifted into life.
Ian Laidlaw brings us photos from the final day of Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay! Featuring Danny Brown, Lily Allen, Wild Beasts, Grouplove, SKATERS, MT Warning and more!
The final day of Splendour In The Grass 2014 saw some of the weekend's best performances, with each of the main stages capped of in very different ways. The Ampitheatre closed for 2014, sent off with a colourful performance from subversive pop star Lily Allen, and leaving us with the weekend's stand-out performances to reminisce on. Elsewhere the GW McLennan Tent was sent swaying to the warmth of Ben Howard (pictured), and the Mix-Up Stage saw it's first dose of slow-burning, artful electronica – as compared to the usual speaker-assaulting trend tracks – with Darkside, who brought a much more unexpected sound to the tent.
The second day of Splendour in the Grass rolled on strong, with another tight bill of Australian and international bands performing for the thousands gathered at the North Byron Parklands. Ian Laidlaw shot this gallery for us - check the fun out!
Weather kept smiling upon us as we navigated North Byron Parklands for the second official day of Splendour In The Grass, with the expected rain lasting all but a few minutes, aside from the occasional, insignificant drizzle. As such, the bulk of the crowd remained at the open-air Ampitheatre for the final moments of the day, with a fantastic closing line-up of The Jezabels, Foals, and City and Colour, who each came close to stealing the show from Friday headliners OutKast. Very close, in Foals' case.
The official first day of Splendour In The Grass 2014 set things into motion quite quickly, with punters flooding into the sun-kissed North Byron Parklands as soon as the gates opened, quickly spreading amongst the pop-up community which this great festival has now become. From The Preatures and Ball Park Music to the 25th anniversary of Spiderbait and the 20th anniversary of the almighty OutKast, we were treated to a consistently excellent stream of live performances, and this was only on the main stage.