Splendour in the Grass is one of the most anticipated festivals of the year, and after attending for the first time, I can see why. With some of the biggest acts in the world attracting some of the largest crowds in the Australian music scene, the expectations are high. I entered the festival feeling overwhelmed, but after the 3 days, left just that little bit wiser. Here are a few things that I learnt from my experience.
Gumboots are Essential:
To say that Splendour was muddy is an understatement. On the first day it rained, and once it started it had no intention of stopping for the rest of the night. There were puddles going half way up my shins and as I sloshed my way to the shuttle buses at the end of the night, needless to say I was drenched. But this was nothing compared to the next day. A thick sludge covered the whole festival grounds, preventing any escape from the inevitable mud bath that awaited you. This had the potential to ruin the weekend, but as long as you embraced it and kept your feet dry it caused no problem.
Guest Stars Beef Up Any Set:
Mark Ronson had announced a few weeks before that he would be putting on a live show for SITG, intriguing us all into what this would entail. From the get go he slowly brought out a string of guest stars to perform his songs with him. This cameo heavy set included the likes of Theophilus London, Keyone Star, Miike Snow's vocalist Andrew Wyatt, Daniel Merriweather and Australia's own Kevin Parker. We all love to see when rock stars combine their talents for our benefit, especially when it ends with a slightly awkward group dance off to Uptown Funk at the end.
Florence Welch Can Make Anyone Do Anything:
The Amphitheatre was completely packed out with what looked like the whole festival crowd to see Florence and the Machine, and they were not disappointed. From the moment Flo stepped out she held everyone's attention in her white flowing outfit and fiery red hair. As she spun and twirled around stage, it was impossible to remove your eyes from her. She hypnotized the whole crowd to the point of when she asked the crowd before her to remove an item of clothing, it only seemed natural to rip my top off and fling it into the air. When she left the stage, and the spell was broken, thousands of onlookers were left cold and confused as to how we all suddenly ended up naked.
Byron Bay Organic Doughnuts are a Great Jetlag/Hangover Cure:
No matter how bad you feel the next day these famous Byron Bay doughnuts will fix you up post haste. Trucks set up sporadically around the festival grounds and no matter where they were the line was always long. Don't let that deter you though; these wonder doughnuts are worth the wait. It wasn't just me who felt this way about the doughnuts. Damon Albarn announced during his set with Blur that he was feeling jet lagged until he had these doughnuts and was instantly picked up and ready to go. So whether you want them sprinkled with sugar or crack cocaine, they will definitely have you feeling better for the day ahead of you.
SITG Has An Epic Amphitheatre:
If you are going to have the biggest artists who are currently touring the world stop by and play at your festival, you better have a stage worthy of their presence. If you are going to have 30,000 trekking their way to the North Byron Parklands to watch these artists, you better have a place for them to stand. SITG's Amphitheatre was the perfect layout for a festival of this caliber. Divided into two sections, the flat standing area at the front and the rising hill, it created an area that was enjoyable for everyone. Whether you were right at the front or in the nose bleed section, you always had a great view of the stage. It had a way of making you feel like you were truly a part of the festival and that your presence was making a difference.
Written by Jess Vaia