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splendour in the grass: day two

The Strokes
Two Door Cinema Club | Delphic | Operator Please | Tame Impala | Laura Marling | Wolfmother |
Florence & The Machine | THE STROKES

Saturday/Strokesday. While Two Door Cinema Club, Delphic, Tame Impala, Laura Marling, and Florence & The Machine are all awesome in their own rights… today was always going to be about The Strokes. And rightly so. They were just… AMAZING. Julian and the boys delivered a set like no other. We got ourselves settled in at the amphitheatre during Operator Please, but during Tame Impala’s set we started getting a bit twitchy at the sheer number of people flooding into the amphitheatre. I’d had my heart set on seeing Laura Marling, but didn’t want to risk getting locked out for The Strokes. Anyway, my friend and I decided it was worth the risk, and I think the Splendour Gods must have been shining down on us again because after Laura’s set (which was beautiful by the way – the whole crowd singing along to Ghost was a magical moment) we beat the crowd (and the reported lockout) and made it back in time for Wolfmother’s set. We had plenty of time to squeeze our way to the front. Which kind of worked until just before The Strokes came on and a random crowd surge knocked about 50 people to the floor and set us back 10 metres or so. In hindsight this was probably a good thing because it meant we were out of the most insane part of the mosh (things got really dicey at times).

Boots, you've served me well

These boots served me well today. They withstood a lot of trampling and jumping and moshing. (For those interested, I wore these, jeans, a black singlet, my hat, and khaki anorak. Not very creative, but it was the ideal outfit for withstanding insane-o mosh pits).

Vegi Burgers

Refueling for the epic night ahead. This Vegi Burger was delicious. Can’t you tell?


You can just make out Florence. Kind of surprised these photos worked out at all. Anyway, she delivered a killer set, as always. Her voice is insanely powerful. Such a mesmerising set. I will never tire of jumping around to Dog Days live. The crush in between her set and The Strokes was SCARY.

The Strokes

So these photos were never going to be the best quality, but you can still make out some things, like Albert’s white suit. I guess he missed the leather jacket memo…

The Strokes
More of a crowd shot. But you can still see how close we were to the stage. Kind of.

There weren’t many photos I could share from today. Well there were, but I doubt my friends would appreciate me putting them up here (haha). I spent the day too wrapped up in all the great music to take photos. Anyway, memories will always serve me better in the end.

If you want to see better photos of bands etc, Triple J have some pretty extensive Splendour coverage: here.

splendour in the grass: day one

Hello, Splendour. So nice to see you.
Violent Soho | School of Seven Bells | Foals | Little Red | Black Rebel Motorcycle Club | Angus & Julia Stone | LCD Soundsystem | Grizzly Bear

What a way to start of the festival! Woke up on Friday to blue skies and balmy weather. Perfect. No matter how many words I write, I doubt I’ll ever be able provide a description that will do the weekend justice. It’s just one of those things that you have to experience for yourself. By the end of the day I was an absolute wreck and my feet were killing me, but it was all so worth it. To top off an otherwise perfect first day of Splendour, as we were walking past the Mix Up Tent after Grizzly Bear (tired, hungry, in need of good shoes), Scissor Sisters started playing Take Your Mama. That was the only song of theirs I wanted to hear. Perfect timing much? It sustained me for the arduous trek back to the campsite. Thank you Splendour Gods for shining down on me in my time of need. More photos after the jump.

Unicorn! Splendour in the Grass really is a mystical place.
Violent Soho
First band of the day: Violent Soho.

The crowd. Millin’. Chillin’.

Just happy to be here.GIANT TWO-SPINED PELVIS

I wore the Cotton on Dress from a few posts down. Notice that I’m not wearing my pointy cat eye sunnies… BECAUSE I LOST THEM BEFORE I EVEN GOT TO THE FESTIVAL. I had to wear my wayfarers instead. Never fear though, I found them again in time for the last day. They were in the food tent. Also, GIANT PELVIS! Ahh Splendour Art, you never disappoint.

School of Seven Bells?
School of Seven Bells. Film cameras weren’t much use for taking photos of bands on stage.


Splendour AtmosphereSplendour Atmosphere
Today was a throw your arms up in the air, wave ’em around like you just don’t care sort of day.


One of the most important things you need to know before you start your Splendour weekend: where the Organic Doughnut Stand is.

Foals? I can't quite tell.
Foals. WERE AMAZING. Definite highlight.

View from the top of the Amphitheatre, en route to Little Red.

splendour in the grass: base camp

Splendour. Five Stars.
Splendour in the Grass. FIVE STARS!

Finally! Here are some Splendour in the Grass photos. It took me a while, but I eventually got there. After many a problem with my scanner and then my computer getting a virus (facebook, you are not my friend) and being out of action for a few days, I’m all set. However, I’m not sure how to organise these posts. I think I’ll go day by day. And then maybe by camera (I still have a Diana Mini film to scan in). Rest assured, there will be many, many more posts to come. In the meantime, have a sticky beak at our camp site. More photos after the jump.

Do not recommending camping underneath trees with BEES.
These trees were full of bees. And the yellow flowers shed everywhere and covered EVERYTHING. We had to camp underneath them. Do not recommend.

Blue skies and bubbles. Not a rain cloud in sight. Hurrah!

Hide out.

Giant novelty dice!Base Camp
Who takes a giant novelty dice camping? We do.
Who takes a giant novelty dice camping? We do. Well, the boys do at least.

reliving the dream

Miss Shop cardigan, Cotton On shirt dress, Sportsgirl belt

I picked up my Splendour films today. I’m scanning them in as we speak (minus one missing disposable camera and my Diana Mini film, which is not yet finished). In the meantime, have a look at these YouTube clips of The Strokes performing at Splendour. I was up in the mosh, (or as Julian referred to it, the “cauldron of humanity”) somewhere on the right side of the stage, absolutely losing my shit (for lack of a better term). Take me back to this moment, please!

Take It Or Leave It was the closer. Thank you dbryar for your superior filming abilities.

This is probably a more accurate depiction of what it was like in the mosh. Absolutely nuts. Via mulhezza@YouTube.

sunset sounds day two

John Steel Singers

John Steel Singers, King Khan & The Shrines, Lisa Mitchell, Grizzly Bear, Sarah Blasko, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It made for a pretty epic Day Two. Click the link below to see more photos taken on my Holga.

John Steel Singers. Wearing horse heads. Sexy.

King Khan & The Shrines. In the paper they described him as being a cross between James Brown and Iggy Pop. You read that, and it’s pretty hard to comprehend, but then you see him and it all makes sense.

It looks like I’m applying lipstick to my chin. But I’m not. Also, applying lipstick without a mirror was a brave decision on my part. Especially red lipstick. But my Lancome lipstick is more like a really really red gloss, so it’s not all scary. Moral of the story? None, really.

Lisa Mitchell. Dusk + no camera flash = sub par photos. But she was way cute. And was wearing a killer red dress. Click the photo to enlarge.

Grizzly Bear. Of course, the only semi-decent photo had to be of the drum kit. With no drummer. In the second photo, if you squint, you can kind of see one of the band members. I need a better system for night shots. Obviously my flash sucks. Despite the crappy photos, they were AMAZING. Magical, almost. The super long sound check and late start was so worth it. Also, props to the girl in the crowd with the Lomo fisheye. We had mad Lomo chats.

Sarah Blasko. En route to Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Curse you Sunset Sounds for making me choose between YYYs, Blasko, and Xavier Rudd. (Oh, who am I kidding, I still love you, SS). And yes, this is a way dodgy photo but whatever. It was night. And I didn’t use a flash. Therefore in my mind it’s a semi-success.

I also have a bunch of photos that aren’t festival related, and will post them in due course. Hope you’ve enjoyed my Sunset Sounds photo journey!