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LIVE REVIEWS

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.

Live Review: At the Dakota + The Moving Targets + Green Stone Garden - Darwin Railway Club (24.07.15)

Arriving in Darwin in the early hours of Friday morning, I could already feel there was a big weekend ahead. Driving to my city hotel took me through the humid and messy main drag of Mitchell Street at 2am and within the few minutes I spent in transit through the area, backpackers and locals alike were already pouring out on to the street, kicking off the long weekend strong. After a day of soaking up sunshine and not having to walk around in five layers of clothing, I headed to the Darwin Railway Club to see three bands I'd heard a lot about, but until now, hadn't had the opportunity to see perform live.

Splendour in the Grass Festival Review: Saturday - North Byron Parklands (25.07.15)


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.

Splendour Sideshow Review: The Wombats + Mt Mountain - Metro City, Perth (23.07.15)

The Wombats stopped by Perth with some Splendour sideshow love on Thursday night, bringing with them a crazy amount of energy, some cake and a curly straw. Starting straight into some big favourites the set was non-stop covering a myriad of tracks from across all albums, with the audience desperate to soak in every minute of it and the hour and a half show over way too soon.

Live Review: Everything Everything + Urban Cone - Metro Theatre, Sydney (23.07.15)

Coming all the way from Stockholm, Sweden, openers Urban Cone brought a delightful set that came by surprise. With influences coming from both Two Door Cinema Club and Satellite Stories, the band brought out an infectious set list that was all-too-short-lived.

Splendour in the Grass Festival Review: Friday (24.07.15)


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.

Live Review: Florence And The Machine - Channel [v] Secret Gig at Mrs Macquarie's Chair (24.07.15)


Photo by Johnny Au.

When it’s Splendour In The Grass time of the year we’re often graced with phenomenal sideshows. Or in this case bonus promotional super secret gigs put on by the awesome Channel [v]. And this one was no exception, the dreamy Florence + The Machine were to perform a short set for us at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, right on the tip of the Botanic Gardens jutting out into the Sydney Harbour. News having reached punters ears earlier in the day that Florence would be returning to our shores in November for an arena tour.

Live Review: Wolf Alice - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (24.07.15)

Every few years, a great rock band emerges from England and comes to our shores around Splendour In the Grass. This time, it’s Wolf Alice. Their no-nonsense set put music at the forefront and a lack of theatrics complements the dysphoria in many of their tracks. In the underground Oxford Art Factory, it felt like we’d travelled back in time 20 years – and the all-black band attire (except for drummer Joel Amey in red plaid) certainly added to that.

Splendour in the Grass Festival Review: Thursday- North Byron Parklands (23.07.15)

It's always highly recommended to start your Splendour experience well before Friday, and there's plenty of official ways to do just that. Byron's town centre got a huge line up at The Northern headlined by Flight Facilities, while Brisbane's The Triffid attracted a huge crowd with the likes of The Dandy Warhols and Last Dinosaurs. In addition to these two huge pre-parties on Thursday night, Splendour venue North Byron Parklands was opened for campers (and those who caught the bus in) so they could get set up and explore some of what's in store for the weekend.

Live Review: Ryan Adams - The Opera House, Sydney (21.07.15)


Photo Credit: Dan Boud.

“This is another song about people dying’”, Ryan Adams told the sold out crowd last night at The Sydney Opera House. One would be inclined to think that a Ryan Adams show would be one of the most depressing events that you’d ever experience in your musical history; his lyrics are often associated with death, heartbreak, and the hopelessness of life. Yet, my experiences last night have changed who I thought Ryan Adams was in every way possible – and this coming from someone who has spent days curled up in bed, softly sobbing to the harmonic melodies in Come Pick Me Up.