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BYRON BAY

Photo Gallery: Splendour In The Grass (Day Three) ft. Lily Allen + Danny Brown + Ben Howard - Sunday (27.07.14)

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!

Festival Review: Splendour In The Grass (Day Three) Ft. Ben Howard + Lily Allen + Phantogram - Sunday (27.07.14)

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.

Photo Gallery: Splendour In The Grass (Day Two) ft. The 1975 + Future Islands + Art vs Science - Saturday (26.07.14)

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!

Festival Review: Splendour in the Grass (Day Two) Ft. City and Colour + Foals + Future Islands (26.04.14)

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.

Festival Review: Splendour In The Grass (Day One) Ft. OutKast + Interpol + Spiderbait (25.07.14)

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.

Photo Gallery: Splendour In The Grass (Day One) ft. Outkast + Interpol + Childish Gambino - Friday (25.07.14)

Outkast helped kick off the first day of live music at Splendour in the Grass 2014 in Byron Bay, with Interpol, Childish Gambino and many, many more from Australia and around the world. Ian Laidlaw was there and brings us these photos from the event:

Festival Review: Splendour In The Grass 2014 - Thursday (24.07.14)

While many were off in Byron Bay town centre enjoying the official Splendour In The Grass pre-party with Interpol and a slew of the festival's best acts, the majority of punters stormed North Byron Parklands for a very eventful warm-up. Every year Splendour opens it's gates a day before the official start date, welcoming early-arrivals with massive party that usually begins in the late afternoon and ends well past midnight.

Live Review: Brant Bjork - The Great Northern, Byron Bay (24.05.14)

Seminal artist Brant Bjork pocketed the audience into a one-hour rock and roll rampage at the backstage of the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay on Saturday night. Accompanying Brant was Tont Tornay on the drums, Bubba Dupree on the guitar and Dave Dinsmore on the bass.

Festival Review: Byron Bluesfest (Day Five) - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (21.04.14)

The final day of the Byron Bluesfest was mainly about revisiting some favourites from the weekend, for me. I suppose you could question whether five days for a festival may be too long, when by the end of it, the line up consists of acts that have already played, but with the amount of new talent on offer in amongst the big names, I suppose this model ensures everyone gets a fair shot of gaining and growing a crowd.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day 5 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (21.04.14)

In our final photo gallery from the 2014 Bluesfest in Byron Bay, Johnny Au brings us a glimpse at some of the bands that helped bring an end to the event's 5th day, and their 25th anniversary celebrations. This includes Booker T Jones, Claude Hay, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Jake Bugg, KC and the Sunshine Band, Michael Franti and Spearhead and Saidah Baba Taliba.