10 things you need to know: Splendour Day 1
The biggest news from Day 1 was about an act that wasn’t even due on stage for another two days. It was early afternoon when rumours started to circulate that Sunday’s headliner, Frank Ocean, will no longer be able to make the trip. Chatting to triple j backstage, Splendour promoter Paul Piticco confirmed the news, telling us a torn vocal cord had forced Ocean to cancel his four remaining sold out Australian tour dates. There’s still no word on who, or what, will fill the void at the Supertop on Sunday night. Watch this space…
First thing Saturday the Splendour crew announced they would be flying Lorde over from NZ to help fill Frank’s shoes. More info here.
…for 5 seconds. And that was only after Marcus asked the audience whether they wanted to talk about the recent Ashes results.
“Or would you rather talk about rugby?,” he offered.
“Tennis? Tour De France?”
Before dedicating their next song, ‘Ghosts That We Knew’, to the Australian skipper Michael Clarke.
It wasn’t the only bit of shit-stirring Mumford did on Friday. Chatting backstage to Linda Marigliano on triple j, he was absolutely committed to dropping the f-bomb on air. He succeeded. Twice.
Klaxons had to call on the help of ex-Van She drummer and Modular label mate Tomek Archer for their Friday night Splendour set. Their regular drummer fell ill during the week, leaving Archer just two days to learn and rehearse the UK outfit’s entire set. Thankfully, he didn’t miss a beat.
Keyboardist James Righton also spoke to Richard Kingsmill about some of the friends he has working on their new album.
“We’ve made it. It’s done, we’re just mixing it at the moment. It’s out early next year. We made it with Tom Rowlands from the Chemical Brothers and Erol Alkan.”
The folk outfit can shred with the best of them. Inspired by the Airbourne t-shirt he was wearing, Boy & Bear guitarist Killian Gavin was wielding the axe on stage at the Supertop. The band debuted 4 songs off their new album, including new single ‘Southern Sun’, ‘Stranger’ and ‘Three Header Woman’. But the most impressive guitar work featured on the album’s title track ‘Harlequin Dream’.
After some well-publicised troubles getting to Australia, plenty of Babyshambles fans were just glad the band made it to Splendour. Only running a respectable two minutes late, it wasn’t long until Doherty produced some fine on stage banter.
“This is a little song I wrote called ‘Albion’. That’s where we come from. It’s a long way away across the seas and the good people at the Australia Visa application… ah it doesn’t matter”
All three of the Friday evening heavyweights chose the North Byron Parklands as the testing ground for their new material. TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek gave Linda Marigliano the heads up they would be treating the audience to two new jams – ‘Mercy’ and ‘Million Miles’. They delivered on both accounts.
Architecture in Helsinki’s new long player is due before the end of the year. By the sounds of the new material their debuted at Splendour, you should be expecting some brassy motown moments ahead.
Matt Corby also treated a packed GW McLennan tent to some of his latest work. You’ll be able to wrap your ears around the songwriter’s long-awaited debut in a few months. In the meantime, try and track down some shaky fan footage of new tracks ‘Trick of the Light’ and ‘Water & Wine’.
The Sydney duo fleshed out their #17 Hottest 100 hit ‘Clair De Lune’ with a little help from Owl Eyes. One of two special guests they welcomed on stage; Unearthed alumni Elizabeth Rose also hopped up to lend vocals on ‘I Didn’t Believe’. While Owl Eyes, who’s collaborated with Illy and Way of the Eagle’s Jan Skubiszewski in the past, stuck around to also rework ‘Crave You’.
Shortly before declaring triple j “the honorary fourth member of HAIM”, the LA sisters revealed they put the final bit of polish to their debut album in Sydney this week.
“They ripped it out of our hands. It’s officially not with us anymore”
Expect to hear the full thing before the end of the year.
The American multi-instrumentalist was one of the big power players on the first day of Splendour 2013. Jumping from one piece of gear to the next – including his drum kit, small (separate) Tom, 2 laptops, synth, sampler, video game gear and a mic – DeLong made us f**king dance. But it was his cover of the Rolling Stones ‘Miss You’ that proved he’s more than a one trick pony.
The Mayor of Splendour should seriously consider a career in politics
Willis from Surry Hills won a ticket to Splendour this year on the back of a campaign that saw him promise to wear a full body Wookiee costume for the entire weekend. It led to a landslide victory in the Mayor of Splendour race and that popularity has obviously extended to the North Byron campgrounds. The highlight of his day came was during Wavves set, when he crowd surfed the front on board an inflatable turtle.