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SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS | the AU review
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SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS

Splendour Sideshow Review: Death Cab for Cutie + Say Hi - Metro City, Perth (06.08.15)


Photo Credit: Stuart Sevastos.

Thursday evening saw Death Cab for Cutie play the final show of their Australian tour, their first since 2012, at Perth’s Metro City. An event that saw certain OC memes flood social media in the days and weeks running up to the gig.

Splendour Sideshow Review: Kitty Daisy and Lewis + Ruby Boots - Rosemount Hotel, Perth (05.08.15)


Kitty Daisy & Lewis captured by Carl Dziunka.

Perth, being the most isolated capital city tends to find itself playing host to a lot touring bands playing their final shows of any given tour; especially if they’re in the country for Splendour. This can generally lead to some pretty interesting shows, in some cases the bands are tired and ready to get off the road, in others they’re in full party mood – which inevitably leads to some loose and very fun and entertaining shows.

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Death Cab for Cutie + Say Hi - Metro City, Perth (06.08.15)

Death Cab for Cutie at Metro City, Perth.

The last stop for indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie was at Metro City in Perth where they put on an awesome show. They were supported by Say Hi. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos was there to bring the action from the night.

Splendour Sideshow Review: Death Cab For Cutie - HQ, Adelaide (03.08.15)


Photo Credit: John Goodridge

I last saw Death Cab For Cutie play HQ in 2012 and it was the first time I'd seen a crowd of 20 somethings - both men and women - react so intensely, revelling in nostalgia, melancholy and an emotional tornado swept up by the band's excellent delivery of lovelorn rock tunes. Fast forward to 2015 and we're back in the same venue but nothing much else has changed - the fans and the band have gotten a few years older but we're all wanting that same experience.

Splendour Sideshow Gallery: Kitty, Daisy and Lewis + Big Smoke - 170 Russell, Melbourne (02.08.15)

UK Sensation Kitty, Daisy and Lewis brought their Splendour Sideshow to Melbourne with Melbourne band Big Smoke along for support. Carl Dziunka was there to catch the action.

Splendour Sideshow Review: The Wombats + Circa Waves - Adelaide Entertainment Centre (30.07.15)


Photo Credit: Kerrie Geier

Walking through the Entertainment Centre ‘Orb’ (as the staff there call it) on Thursday night there was a buzz fuelled by genuine excitement from all demographics of Adelaide. Only a small selection of bands can generate the level of excitement that The Wombats managed last week, the fact that they were upgraded from Thebby Theatre to the Entertainment Centre is a compliment in itself.

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 Photo Gallery: The Wombats + Circa Waves - Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre (30.07.15)

The Wombats

The Wombats wrapped up their time in Australia with their gig at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre on Thursday night. A sold out crowd packed the theatre for a high energy show including support from Circa Waves. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.

Splendour Sideshow Review: The Wombats - Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne (28.07.15)


Photo Credit: Rebecca Houlden

If you were to get myself, at 15 years old, to guess which band they were listening to would in half a decade’s time become an arena act, England’s The Wombats wouldn’t even cross my mind. Nethertheless, it’s now five years passed and I’m standing at the back of the pit of Margaret Court Arena, watching Circa Waves playing some truly jangly Britpop that sounds nothing like Circa Survive and wondering what five thousand people dancing to the idea of dancing to Joy Division looks like. Scanning the seats I can see more than a few faces are experiencing their first case of, "Oh fuck, I really should have brought earbuds".

Splendour Sideshow Review: Best Coast - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (28.07.15)

Bethany Cosentino is no longer just a chill Californian girl with a cat named Snacks who gets high and writes about her boyfriends. Now she's a chill Californian woman whose rock lyrics straddle mid 20's apathy and genuine existential crises. The music too has matured - from the minute long surf rock blitzes of debut Crazy For You, to the fully realised pop hooks of 2015's California Nights.

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Mark Ronson + Special Guests - Hordern Pavilion. Sydney (28.07.15)

The Uptown Special rolled into Sydney this week, with Mark Ronson calling on some talented mates to help him in ensuring the crowd got completely funked up. Featuring performances by Tkay Maidza, Jones Jnr, Pond and more, the night was one to remember. Check out Evelyn Tjia's shots from the Hordern Pavilion date!

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Earl Sweatshirt - Prince Bandroom, Melbourne (28.07.15)

Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt has been making headlines unsurprisingly while touring NZ and Australia this month, but it was all love when the young rapper came through Melbourne. Perri Cassie was down at the Prince Bandroom to see him do his thing and brings us these snaps.

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.