NOTES FROM LAST NIGHT:
Outkast had the biggest crowd. “A meadow of people,” Alex Dyson called it. Andre 3000 and Big Boi played a greatest hits set that got the massive crowd dancing hard. So many good vibes.
It has been confirmed that Bindi Irwin is here on site. Hopefully she’ll get up and do a song with Violent Soho. Probably not likely.
Matt Okine’s mate accidentally pissed in his tent. Alex Dyson didn’t, but he reckons plenty of other people weren’t so lucky.
Interpol played a classy set with plenty of songs from their first couple of albums, Turn On The Bright Lights and Antics. It suited the crowd, which was full of old school fans. Tune in now; we’re playing it live!
Keep checking back. We’ll be bringing you plenty of action live from Splendour all day long.
Friday at Splendour In The Grass is done. An exhausting day full of everything that makes a festival awesome.
Special guests, secret covers and super weather.
You can’t ask for more than what happened today. The weather, the music and the vibe at the festival were sweet. Keep your radio on and you’ll get a sense of that wherever you are for the rest of this weekend.
Here are the highlights from today’s action.
The day kicked off with sterling performances from some Splendour debutantes.
This year’s triple j Unearthed Splendour winner Airling was oh so smooth in her Amphitheatre opening set. ‘The Runner’ had more than a few hips swaying among the early punters. At least those who weren’t having fun rolling down the massive hill in front of the stage.
Tkay Maidza dominated the Mix Up Stage early. ‘Brontosaurus’ and a cover of Violent Soho’s ‘Covered In Chrome’, as well as some gnarly visuals ft psychedelic cats, got people very excited indeed.
People are going to compare DMAs to Oasis for a long time. We prefer to think of them as a good band playing great pop songs (and wearing oversized winter clothing, even if it’s a glorious, sunny 26 degrees at the time).
It’s always so exciting to see this fresh talent do so well. There are surely plenty more Splendours in store for them.
EVERYONE LOVES A COVER:
The Preatures dropped a ruling version of The Angels’ ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ and dedicated it to fallen Aussie rock greats Doc Neeson and Chrissy Amphlett.
As mentioned, Tkay Maidza gave us Violent Soho’s ‘Covered In Chrome’ early in the day, which sent the crowd bananas.
The Kite String Tangle’s rendition of Flight Facilities’ ‘Clair De Lune’ got the crowd moving after a somewhat sleepy start.
Ball Park Music ended their set in the most epic fashion with a cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It was a massive talking point for the day and a highlight for heaps of people.
Ásgeir joined in the fun with a version of Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’, played in his typically low-key style.
Saskwatch double-dipped into the covers pool tonight. Firstly they brought back memories of Splendour past by playing sadly defunct Aussie band Little Red’s ‘Coca-Cola’, before a great version of Jagwar Ma’s ‘Let Her Go’.
If you’ve ever done a muddy Splendour, you’ll understand why we were so stoked to be in full sun all day. Let’s hope this doesn’t jinx things for the next couple of days.
FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS:
How good are guest appearances at a festival? It’s even better when whoever appears by surprise isn’t even on the bill. Today a few bands got their mates on board for a bit of help.
During their barnstorming main stage set, Spiderbait dragged the brilliant Dan Sultan onstage for a powerful cameo.
It seemed like Peking Duk had half of Australia’s best talent on stage with them tonight. 360 dropped some rhymes, Yeo sang his guts out in the world premiere of a brand new track, The Kite String Tangle came back to the Mix Up stage after his earlier set to lend a hand, while Ben from SAFIA rounded out this cavalcade of talent.
Matt Okine started a rumour that Chance The Rapper would be joining Childish Gambino on stage. This is despite him continually saying “I’m not starting rumours”. Alas, the closest we got was a shout out to the Chicagoan during one of his songs.
WE GET TO COME BACK TOMORROW:
And we’re bringing you with us again. Check out the acts we’ve got lined up for you tomorrow afternoon, kicking off with a replay of tonight’s very classy Interpol set at 12.15pm.
Chet Faker, Live At At The Wireless
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 26/06/2014
I’m Into You
I Want Someone To Love
Love And Feeling
Drop The Game
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