The golden weekend on Australia’s festival calendar has come and gone for another year. That’s right, Splendour in the Grass has once again lit up the North Byron Parklands in the best way possible. There was glitter, there was rainbows, there was (arguably too much) skin and most importantly, there was music. Not just music, but fantastic live music played by some incredible Australian and International acts that really brought their all and absolutely killed it in every aspect. So without further ado, here are my 5 favourite acts that I was lucky enough to catch over the weekend.
5. The Jungle Giants
At first I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get to The Jungle Giants set because of clashes on other stages with other acts I wanted to see, but boy am I glad I did. They drew easily the largest crowd I saw in the GW McLennan tent all weekend, and being in the centre of it was definitely an experience. This set was the closest I got to being in a mosh pit all weekend, but what made it so great was the fact that everyone was just there to have a good time and jam out to some awesome live music. Even in the centre of the mosh, people were nice and looking out for everyone around them. On top of this, as a band, they were just genuinely happy to be playing so high up on the bill for such a grateful audience. And of course, the music was pretty bloody great too.
4. The Wombats
I like The Wombats but I wouldn’t really call myself a fan. However, after their Sunday night set, I would very much like to change that. They really brought the whole show; they had the moves, they had the visuals and most importantly the definitely had the sound. Honestly, if you were to take away the huge crowd, it would sound just like a CD being played to you, but better (obviously). Again, they were also genuinely happy and grateful to be playing the festival, something which I think can be lost on international acts such as them, but they did not give their set anything less than they’re best. no doubt picking up a few new fans along the way.
I was super keen for this set, and all of my expectations were exceeded. You know a set is going to be good when she takes her jacket off after one song because it was getting too hot from dancing and then brings out 3 drag queens as dancers 3 songs in. Honestly, you would be hard pressed to find a fault in this whole set. Again, I was fairly close to the mosh for this set, and everyone was just having so much fun because Mallrat was having her own fun on stage, that it was impossible to not join in. The whole tent was jumping for the entire 45 minute set, something which I think is an exciting indication of what is to come in the future of Mallrat.
2. Cub Sport
After witnessing Cub Sport’s set on Friday night, there is no doubt in my mind that they should be given an ARIA IMMEDIATELY. Cub Sport was always an act that I was excited to see, but their performance superseded all of my expectations in the best way possible. Tim Nelson looked like a literal god when he first entered the stage, and he held the audience in the palm of his hand for the entirety of the 45 minute set. Every single song had its only little surprises which were gratefully accepted by the audience. The finale song of ‘Come On Mess Me Up‘ was a moment which I believe will be talked about for years by every one present.
I’m gonna be honest. Lorde’s headlining set was one of the primary reasons why I wanted to go to Splendour in the first place. And my lord(e) she did not disappoint. In her opening speech, she spoke about how the Friday night of Splendour is traditionally a very ‘dancy’ night. And let me tell you, both the ‘mosh’ and Lorde and her dancers danced their hearts out for the entirety of her hour fifteen set. Her set had everything; she played a lot of songs from both her newest album Melodrama and her first album Pure Heroine (including some lesser known surprises like ‘Ribs’ and ‘Hard Feelings’), she had the audience dancing in ‘Homemade Dynamite’ and ‘Green Light’, crying in ‘Liability’ and was joined by a choir of 30 000 people with their arms around each other for a rendition of Powderfinger’s ‘My Happiness’ (which was arguably one of the highlights of the weekend). Lorde proved once and for all that in a male and rock music dominated industry, there will always be room for a pop princess on the stages of festivals.
Well there you have it, my recap of Splendour in the Grass 2018 in 5 acts. For a playlist including some of the top songs from these artists, listen below
Catch ya on the flip side,