A SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS DEBATE – PROS & CONS

Splendour in the GrassCredit: Bianca Holderness

And so wraps another Splendour in the Grass.

What was it really like? It’s time bring out an old fashioned debate and list out the pros and cons of Australia’s largest festival in 2015.

PRO

Flight Facilities, plus Elizabeth Rose, Owl Eyes, Kurt Kristen and Client Liaison. Boyyyy. That’s some #squadgoals right there. Naming them my favourite act of the festival. The entire set was chock full of beloved songs, starting with “Heart Attack” and finishing with “Clair De Lune“. And at the end dropping in the massive sing-a-long “Love Is In The Air” and a cheeky “Happy Birthday” to Hugo. It was a family affair.

Splendour in the Grass

CON

Missing Tkay Maidza for #1 Dads; Hayden James for Best Coast; Of Monsters and Men for Porter Robinson. Decisions had to be made. #1 Dads in particular played a rocking set with features from Ainslie Wills and Tom Snowdon. It’s a shame Big Scary‘s Tom Iansek is quietly tying up this solo project but the love felt in this final show was real.

PRO

Splendour in the Grass is not consistently named one of the best festivals in the world for nothing. It has the ability to pull major acts. And the big international acts that were worth the hype this time around include Best CoastFlorence + the Machine, Porter Robinson and Jamie T. These guys have the worldly experience and the resources to truly hold and astound a massive stage. Living up to a reputation is hard but they held their own.

Splendour in the Grass

Credit: Ian Laidlaw

CON

Elliphant. Regrets with my decision to name her as my act to see. Her set was clumsy and kitschy but here’s hoping her sideshows are better.

PRO

The Australian artists that can show the global players a thing or two. Tame Impala, Meg Mac, Alpine and Carmada. So many acts, so little time! It was Tame Impala’s first show in Australia for nearly a year and Parker’s easygoing and humble nature charmed the thousands who swayed to his music and were enraptured by the tripping visual effects. Meg Mac stunned her overflowing audience with that booming voice of hers – there is so much success ahead of this young lady. The Smith Street Band unveiling a giant banner with REAL AUSTRALIANS SAY WELCOME during their set summed up that Aussie spirit.

Splendour in the Grass

Credit: Ian Laidlaw

CON

The Tipi Forest. Apart from its sole purpose of being a makeshift drug den for the after 12am ravers, I don’t get the appeal.

PRO

In saying that, the best thing about a massive festival is that around every corner there’s a different stage and different music. Never would have thought that the Breathalyser tent decked out with a DJ would have a small crowd going off to it on Sunday night. Having my last Splendour dance to Bag Raiders‘ “Shooting Stars”? Couldn’t have been more pleased with this send-off.

CON

Pissing Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker off at Azealia Banks. So this happened :/ Running up to the Mix Up Tent to catch “212” (don’t judge me) and screaming all the lyrics to the dismay of some important looking people right in front of us. Quickly realising who these important people were when they turned around to glare at the shrill girls behind them.

Dying.

Let’s not forget the pleasant lyrics in this song either, “I guess that c*nt getting eaten / I guess that c*nt getting eaten / I guess tha tc*nt getting eaten / I guess that c*nt getting eaten”.

PRO

All that extra stuff that make Splendour that little bit more splendid. The Forum, Splendour in the Craft, the Global Village, the art installations. Q and A with Tony Jones, crafting flags with other festival punters, salsa dancing. No arts is left untouched. Love that all inclusiveness.

Splendour in the Grass

Splendour in the Grass

CON

Being overwhelmed by said extra stuff. Do I see one of the ten music acts going on at the same time, or one of the ten OTHER things that are going on?

PRO

North Byron Parklands’ proximity to the beautiful Byron Bay. It’s road trippable from all the major East Coast cities Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. I haven’t been back to Byron Bay since my Schoolies trip and unsurprisingly I didn’t appreciate the town for its beauty, good food and atmosphere back then.

CON

Mud. Muddy mud mud mud. Every form of mud. Slippery, sticky, shin deep, watery, engulfing. They were all there and plentiful. At the start it was horrifying. How was I to get through three more days of this insanity? But in the end, watching mounds of people sinking and falling their way across a huge surface area in the trek from the Mix Up Tent to Tiny Dancer was just plain humorous. And what would Splendour be without a bit of mud?

Splendour in the Grass

PRO

Tanbark. I never thought I’d be so thankful for your existence.

ADJUDICATION?

There were some undeniable low-points and the crowd was definitely nauseating at times. But the location, the atmosphere, the sheer breadth of activities and, of course, the music pulled it through.

Splendour in the Grass 2015 is declared a winner and continues to slay as a bucketlist box-ticker for all Australian and international festival-goers.

Splendour in the Grass

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