1. Stream all of FIDLAR’s set recorded at Splendour In The Grass for Live At The Wireless here.
Cheap Beer
Stoked and Broke
White on White
No Waves
Max Can’t Surf
Suburban Home
Whore
Awkward
Blackout Stout
Oh
Got No Money
The Punks Are Finally Taking Acid
Wait for The Man
Cocaine
Wake Bake Skate

    Stream all of FIDLAR’s set recorded at Splendour In The Grass for Live At The Wireless here.

    Cheap Beer

    Stoked and Broke

    White on White

    No Waves

    Max Can’t Surf

    Suburban Home

    Whore

    Awkward

    Blackout Stout

    Oh

    Got No Money

    The Punks Are Finally Taking Acid

    Wait for The Man

    Cocaine

    Wake Bake Skate

  2. Frank Ocean’s understudy steps in for a reserved but powerful performance.  Her band (laptop/keyboard and drums) are dwarfed by the main stage, but serve up sparse beats and that huge voice for one of the biggest Splendour crowds of the whole weekend.

Crowd size for her last Australian shows: 200+

Crowd size today: 10,000+

Lorde’s age: 16

Average age of the first 10 rows: 16.5

Best audience comment: ”She’s got so much hair”.

Best Lorde on stage comment: “Thus uz mintal”.

The verdict: Lorde proved she’s got the voice, the beats and the fans to be one of the biggest acts of 2013.

    Frank Ocean’s understudy steps in for a reserved but powerful performance.  Her band (laptop/keyboard and drums) are dwarfed by the main stage, but serve up sparse beats and that huge voice for one of the biggest Splendour crowds of the whole weekend.

    Crowd size for her last Australian shows: 200+

    Crowd size today: 10,000+

    Lorde’s age: 16

    Average age of the first 10 rows: 16.5

    Best audience comment: ”She’s got so much hair”.

    Best Lorde on stage comment: “Thus uz mintal”.

    The verdict: Lorde proved she’s got the voice, the beats and the fans to be one of the biggest acts of 2013.

  3. A sunrise set on the final day of Splendour was a perfect fit for one of our national treasures.

Set opener: The spine-tingling ‘Wiyathul’
Most impressive stage gear: The massive black baby grand piano the Splendour crew brought in especially for Gurrumul’s set
Familiar band members: It took a few songs to realise the organist Stephen Teakle is the man behind Barry Morgan
Best song intro: Came from Gurrumul’s long time friend and collaborator Michael Hohnen before the track ‘Baru’, which means crocodile in Gurrumul’s language
"This is all about Gurrumul’s totem. He’s born with a lot more identity than us… His totem is a Baru."
Dedications: One to Angus Stone, who Gurrumul toured the country with last year. ‘Gathu Mawula’, a track Gurrumul wrote with Blue King Brown, was sent out to Stone as a shout out for his track ‘Wooden Chair’

    A sunrise set on the final day of Splendour was a perfect fit for one of our national treasures.

    Set opener: The spine-tingling ‘Wiyathul

    Most impressive stage gear: The massive black baby grand piano the Splendour crew brought in especially for Gurrumul’s set

    Familiar band members: It took a few songs to realise the organist Stephen Teakle is the man behind Barry Morgan

    Best song intro: Came from Gurrumul’s long time friend and collaborator Michael Hohnen before the track ‘Baru’, which means crocodile in Gurrumul’s language

    "This is all about Gurrumul’s totem. He’s born with a lot more identity than us… His totem is a Baru."

    Dedications: One to Angus Stone, who Gurrumul toured the country with last year. ‘Gathu Mawula’, a track Gurrumul wrote with Blue King Brown, was sent out to Stone as a shout out for his track ‘Wooden Chair’

  4. Unearthed High alumni Snakadaktal convert their floaty dream pop to a 3-day old festival crowd.

Pre-show chant: “Snakas Snakas Snakas Snakas” and so on
Most popular track: ‘Air’, by far. The crowd’s “oh oh ayo’s” almost completely drowned Sean and Phoebe out.
Smoothest operator: Their bass player Jarrah. Head down, hair over his face, no chit chat.
Equipment volume from loudest to quietest: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Synths, You Am I roadie out the back, passing food truck, vocals
Main piece of criticism directed towards the sound tech: “Turn it up!”
Distance you needed to be from the stage to drown out the crowd murmur: 15 metres
Most popular audience headpiece: The homemade floral number
Chunk of crowd that left after second last track ‘Dance Bear’: Sizeable
What they missed: A big clap-along for their building and brilliant set closer.

    Unearthed High alumni Snakadaktal convert their floaty dream pop to a 3-day old festival crowd.

    Pre-show chant: “Snakas Snakas Snakas Snakas” and so on

    Most popular track: ‘Air’, by far. The crowd’s “oh oh ayo’s” almost completely drowned Sean and Phoebe out.

    Smoothest operator: Their bass player Jarrah. Head down, hair over his face, no chit chat.

    Equipment volume from loudest to quietest: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Synths, You Am I roadie out the back, passing food truck, vocals

    Main piece of criticism directed towards the sound tech: “Turn it up!”

    Distance you needed to be from the stage to drown out the crowd murmur: 15 metres

    Most popular audience headpiece: The homemade floral number

    Chunk of crowd that left after second last track ‘Dance Bear’: Sizeable

    What they missed: A big clap-along for their building and brilliant set closer.

  5. ART-PROG-ROCK-POP TIME. This Manchester four-piece were nominated for the Mercurcy Prize for their debut record Man Alive, triple j featured their follow up Arc and now they’ve arrived in Australia to play shows for the first time, hitting up the Mix Up Tent at 5pm.

Opening number: Atmospheric brooder “Undrowned” from Arc

Closing number: Latest single “Don’t Try”, featuring a festival-appropriate “woah-oh-oh-oh” hook

HOT FASHION: Singer Jon, bassist Jeremy and drummer Mike all wore matching futuristic grey jackets with yellow sleeves. 

Audience Participation: Hand-claps over the head, lead by the band’s touring keyboardist so we could all keep up with the tricky time signatures.  

Big Moment #1: Jon Biggins’ powerful voice absolutely soaring on “Duets”, climaxing on “If it’s gonna happen let it happen NOWWWWWW!”

How many punters in the crowd: Shitloads.

Big Moment #2: Huge sing-a-long for Hottest 100 hit “Cough Cough”, the crowd fulfilling their echo part with aplomb

What went wrong: In his ferocious drumming on a floor tom during “Cough Cough”, Biggins dropped a drumstick LOL

Big Moment #3: “HEY! KEMOSABE I AM A-LO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-NE!”

Nawww Moment: Halfway through the show, an obviously flattered Biggins took the time to thank the crowd for rocking up: “It’s f*&king amazing to come all this way and have people singing back these old tunes of ours, so thank you”.

Surprise of the Set: Pretty torch song “Radiant”, encouraging us all to “take whatever [we] can” was the perfect soundtrack to the final day’s sunset.

Verdict: When a band is so ambitious on record, they face the not insignificant challenge to replicate that experience on the live stage. These Mancs do that and then some. They’re so tight, they hit all those harmonies and Biggins’ voice – the star of the show – never fails, whether it’s a screeching falsetto or a powerful mid-range bellowing. The only thing wrong with this set was it wasn’t long enough, the guys leaving the stage ten minutes before their allotted time was up. Before they brought their final tune home, Jonathan promised that they’d return soon, and this reviewer for one can’t wait.

    ART-PROG-ROCK-POP TIME. This Manchester four-piece were nominated for the Mercurcy Prize for their debut record Man Alive, triple j featured their follow up Arc and now they’ve arrived in Australia to play shows for the first time, hitting up the Mix Up Tent at 5pm.

    Opening number: Atmospheric brooder “Undrowned” from Arc

    Closing number: Latest single “Don’t Try”, featuring a festival-appropriate “woah-oh-oh-oh” hook

    HOT FASHION: Singer Jon, bassist Jeremy and drummer Mike all wore matching futuristic grey jackets with yellow sleeves. 

    Audience Participation: Hand-claps over the head, lead by the band’s touring keyboardist so we could all keep up with the tricky time signatures.  

    Big Moment #1: Jon Biggins’ powerful voice absolutely soaring on “Duets”, climaxing on “If it’s gonna happen let it happen NOWWWWWW!”

    How many punters in the crowd: Shitloads.

    Big Moment #2: Huge sing-a-long for Hottest 100 hit “Cough Cough”, the crowd fulfilling their echo part with aplomb

    What went wrong: In his ferocious drumming on a floor tom during “Cough Cough”, Biggins dropped a drumstick LOL

    Big Moment #3: HEY! KEMOSABE I AM A-LO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-NE!”

    Nawww Moment: Halfway through the show, an obviously flattered Biggins took the time to thank the crowd for rocking up: “It’s f*&king amazing to come all this way and have people singing back these old tunes of ours, so thank you”.

    Surprise of the Set: Pretty torch song “Radiant”, encouraging us all to “take whatever [we] can” was the perfect soundtrack to the final day’s sunset.

    Verdict: When a band is so ambitious on record, they face the not insignificant challenge to replicate that experience on the live stage. These Mancs do that and then some. They’re so tight, they hit all those harmonies and Biggins’ voice – the star of the show – never fails, whether it’s a screeching falsetto or a powerful mid-range bellowing. The only thing wrong with this set was it wasn’t long enough, the guys leaving the stage ten minutes before their allotted time was up. Before they brought their final tune home, Jonathan promised that they’d return soon, and this reviewer for one can’t wait.

  6. It’s time to see what these Californian surf skate punks have to offer! FIDLAR released a kickass debut album earlier this year, and there’s plenty of hype and love for these self proclaimed wasters. Mid-afternoon in a packed and stinky Super Top tent, it’s time to start a ruckus.
The mud smelled like: booze, piss, sweat.
The band sounded like: skate punk Beach Boys / early Wavves / the best messy genius shit you’ve heard all weekend.
Songs: Pretty much entire debut album. Cocaine, Wake Bake Skate, Cheap Beer, Stoked & Broke, Wait For The Man , new song Awkward, No Waves, a cover of The Descendants Suburban Home.
Most relatable lyric: “I’ll probably end up f**king up and make it super awkward” from Awkward chorus.
In the crowd: air guitarists, air drummers, people skating through the mud, brave crowd surfers, a fat circle pit and one single solo thrasher on the outskirts of the packed tent.
In between songs: bass player Brandon yelling “Thank You” in a Muppets voice, guitar licks from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, and lead singer Zac Carper asking someone to take him surfing and telling everyone to start a band without synths.
Closeup spotting: an old school Wu Tang sticker on Brandon’s bass guitar.

    It’s time to see what these Californian surf skate punks have to offer! FIDLAR released a kickass debut album earlier this year, and there’s plenty of hype and love for these self proclaimed wasters. Mid-afternoon in a packed and stinky Super Top tent, it’s time to start a ruckus.

    The mud smelled like: booze, piss, sweat.

    The band sounded like: skate punk Beach Boys / early Wavves / the best messy genius shit you’ve heard all weekend.

    Songs: Pretty much entire debut album. Cocaine, Wake Bake SkateCheap Beer, Stoked & Broke, Wait For The Man , new song Awkward, No Waves, a cover of The Descendants Suburban Home.

    Most relatable lyric: “I’ll probably end up f**king up and make it super awkward” from Awkward chorus.

    In the crowd: air guitarists, air drummers, people skating through the mud, brave crowd surfers, a fat circle pit and one single solo thrasher on the outskirts of the packed tent.

    In between songs: bass player Brandon yelling “Thank You” in a Muppets voice, guitar licks from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, and lead singer Zac Carper asking someone to take him surfing and telling everyone to start a band without synths.

    Closeup spotting: an old school Wu Tang sticker on Brandon’s bass guitar.

  7. Brissie’s The Jungle Giants had the unenviable task of exhuming a 2-day-old Splendour crowd and launching them into the final day of festival action. Armed with 2 killer EP’s, an upcoming album, and a bubbling cauldron of youthful exuberance the 4-piece hit the Supertop at 1:15pm and indie-rocked their way through a short but oh-so-sweet set. 
Opener-  You’ve Got Something
Closer- Latest single I Am What You Want Me To Be.
Best Song Intro- 2nd song Skin To Bone “This is a new song. It is about fucking.”
Number of unprompted clap-alongs - 13. Divided by 7 songs makes 1.86 clap-alongs per song, at an average of 38 claps per clap-along. There was a lot of clapping.
Best Crowd Surf - Bass layer Andrew got points for initiative; diving into the crowd in just the second song, but lead-singer Sam’s perfectly executed ride in the closing track won on pure style.
Number of groin muscles pulled on stage- Amazingly, none. Despite Sam’s impressively high side-kicks.
Number of groin muscles pulled in the audience- Probably more judging by the comments regarding Guitarist Cesira’s colourful pant-suit.
This one time, when the band camped- Apparently the group are all camping in the same tent at Splendour. The positives - the tight bond translated to a great cohesive set. The negatives - Apparently Cesira farts in her sleep. Gross.
Verdict- A large crowd for an early set isn’t always an engaged one. But The Jungle Giants won over the fresh and the groggy alike with their energetic and polished set.

    Brissie’s The Jungle Giants had the unenviable task of exhuming a 2-day-old Splendour crowd and launching them into the final day of festival action. Armed with 2 killer EP’s, an upcoming album, and a bubbling cauldron of youthful exuberance the 4-piece hit the Supertop at 1:15pm and indie-rocked their way through a short but oh-so-sweet set. 

    Opener-  You’ve Got Something

    Closer- Latest single I Am What You Want Me To Be.

    Best Song Intro- 2nd song Skin To Bone “This is a new song. It is about fucking.”

    Number of unprompted clap-alongs - 13. Divided by 7 songs makes 1.86 clap-alongs per song, at an average of 38 claps per clap-along. There was a lot of clapping.

    Best Crowd Surf - Bass layer Andrew got points for initiative; diving into the crowd in just the second song, but lead-singer Sam’s perfectly executed ride in the closing track won on pure style.

    Number of groin muscles pulled on stage- Amazingly, none. Despite Sam’s impressively high side-kicks.


    Number of groin muscles pulled in the audience- Probably more judging by the comments regarding Guitarist Cesira’s colourful pant-suit.

    This one time, when the band camped- Apparently the group are all camping in the same tent at Splendour. The positives - the tight bond translated to a great cohesive set. The negatives - Apparently Cesira farts in her sleep. Gross.

    Verdict- A large crowd for an early set isn’t always an engaged one. But The Jungle Giants won over the fresh and the groggy alike with their energetic and polished set.

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    10 things you need to know: Splendour Day 2

    Thank the Lorde

    It was early Saturday morning when we learnt Lorde would be our saviour on Sunday night. The NZ songwriter got the call up from the Splendour team late on Friday asking whether she would be happy replacing Frank Ocean on the bill. Her flights were booked not long after.

    The reshuffled schedule will now see Of Monsters and Men step up to headline on Sunday night. Lorde will play at 5.30pm

    MS MR might not ever leave

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    You couldn’t have found a happier band in the world than MS MR on Saturday evening. Wearing a feather coat and a tank top with the words ‘awesome’ aptly scribbled across the front, lead lady Lizzy Plapinger was beaming the entire set. The crowd in the Mix Up tent has never been louder.

    "I have to be honest, I know we write a lot of moody pop songs. But I can’t keep this smile off my f**king face. You are hands down the best crowd we have ever played for. Thank you so much."

    "This is the show you dream about playing when you start a band."

    Villagers’ new album is inspired by the “hot babes” of Gold Coast

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    "I’ve been writing new material and I’ve been recording it on my computer," Conor told Zan Rowe backstage in the triple j tent.

    "Actually yesterday I wrote a bunch of stuff at the hotel on the Gold Coast."

    "So is it about theme parks, beaches and hot babes?" Zan queried.

    "Well I think the next album is going to be called ‘Hot Babes’. That’s the title track." Conor quipped.

    Pat Rafter’s here

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    It’s been slim pickings for celeb spotters at Splendour this year. Unlike Kate Moss’ appearance a few years back in support of husband Jamie Hince from The Kills, neither Marcus Mumford’s wife Carey Mulligan or Keira Knightly – who recently married Klaxons main man James Righton – have been spotted backstage.

    The handsome guy from Packed to the Rafters and Chris Lilley are here though. And at least Rafter’s appearance has allowed for some puns.

    "What a set!"

    Sarah Blasko: coming to a screen near you?

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    Blasko's captivating performance in her recent clip for 'All of Me' mightn't be the last time we see her on screen.

    Chatting to Richard Kingsmill before her set at the GW McLennan, Blasko said she isn’t ruling out a career change.

    "There’s a part of me that is very interested in acting. But I’ve got a few friends that are actors and when I talk to them… somewhere deep inside them they dream of being a musician. They think it’s really exciting and I feel that way about what they do."

    "So I’ve never done any acting but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t fascinate me in some way."

    Chet Faker accidently took a sleeping pill instead of a flu tablet

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    The bearded one made the confession to Zan Rowe just a few minutes after self medicating.

    In an attempt to counteract the drowsiness, he was throwing back a potent raspberry and cola cordial throughout the interview.

    It made for a very relaxed, yet exciting conversation with triple j; which is maybe why he was so forthcoming when asked about his long-awaited debut album.

    "It’s pretty close to being finished. It’s a progression. Not everything is slow. I wouldn’t say it’s all chilled out to be honest. Some of them are a bit more upbeat, almost housey a few of them. I’m from Melbourne and there is a really good deep house scene there, guys like Tornado Wallace, and I see those guys out and about."

    Jake Bugg might be the most dedicated 19-year-old at the festival

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    Less than 12 months since the release of his breakthrough self-titled debut, UK songwriter Jake Bugg has almost finished his second record.

    Showing no signs of slowing down, Bugg told triple j he’s working on the new album with legendary producer Rick Rubin.

    “‘Broken’ is the last song I want to put out before I put the album to sleep,” Bugg said of his latest single.

    "It’s been a great experience in the sunshine making music again. I’ve just got to go home and re-record them. I’d like to put it out this year so it’s just a year gap [from the debut] and keep it coming."

    The bands miss Frank too

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    It’s not just the punters that have been left with a Frank Ocean-sized whole in their heart. Shaking his head over Ocean’s decision, Drapht asked how his crowd were coping with the withdrawals late on Saturday and was greeted with a ‘F**k Frank Ocean’ chant.

    Birds of Tokyo were feeling it too. A few songs before dropping their epic sing-a-long ‘Lanterns’, Birds tried their hand at his track ‘Lost’ before losing the lyrics, and a bit of interest, after the chorus.

    Empire of the Sun would win any Rock Eisteddfod in the world

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    Androgynous dancers, excessive eye shadow and elaborate headdresses – the Empire of the Sun live show is a sight to behold. Backed by a band that looked like they raided the wardrobe of the Genie from Aladdin, Luke Steele had the crowd at his mercy. The only distraction from the futuristic and dazzling stage production was his guitar work. Shredding the whole way through the set, Steele gave the most rock n roll moment of the weekend when he smashed his white Strat on the ground before walking off for their encore. He ascended back onto the stage a few minutes later with a shiny new 6-string to punch out the new crowd fav ‘Alive’.

    Splendour punters really, really love new music

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    Overwhelmingly, the biggest (and loudest) crowds at Splendour have been found in front of the newest acts on the line up. Despite their debut only being two months old, MS MR were greeted with deafening cheers after every single song they played. Vocalist Lizzy Plapinger described it as the gig of their career.

    While over at the GW McLennan tent, you couldn’t have fit anyone else into see Melbourne solo artist Vance Joy if you tried. His first visit to the festival comes after just one EP, which features the track ‘Riptide’. By a few songs in, the only vantage point was clambering onto your boyfriend’s shoulders outside the tent.

  9. The only emcee on the line up fought through some pesky technical difficulties to prove there’s a growing hunger for more hip hop acts on the bill.
Best call and response:
Drapht - “So what do you think about Frank Ocean, Splendour?”
Crowd - “Booooooooooooo”
Drapht - “But you guys are still having a good time, right?”
Crowd - “Yeahhhhhhhhhhh”
Crowd chant that followed that conversation: "F**k Frank Ocean clap clap clap clap clap f**ck Frank Ocean…etc"
Songs it took until he donned a snapback: 3
Rappers on the Splendour line up: 1
Tent: Crammed
Best mash up: The verses to his track ‘Falling’ and Flume's 'Holdin On' were a perfect match. The crowd made sure they let him know.
Reason given for long pauses between songs: Technical difficulties
Front row gender split: 50/50
Number of Aus emcees that can work a crowd like Drapht: Not many, if any
Set closer: Scrunchies in the air for ‘Rapunzel’

    The only emcee on the line up fought through some pesky technical difficulties to prove there’s a growing hunger for more hip hop acts on the bill.

    Best call and response:

    Drapht - “So what do you think about Frank Ocean, Splendour?”

    Crowd - “Booooooooooooo”

    Drapht - “But you guys are still having a good time, right?”

    Crowd - “Yeahhhhhhhhhhh”

    Crowd chant that followed that conversation: "F**k Frank Ocean clap clap clap clap clap f**ck Frank Ocean…etc"

    Songs it took until he donned a snapback: 3

    Rappers on the Splendour line up: 1

    Tent: Crammed

    Best mash up: The verses to his track ‘Falling’ and Flume's 'Holdin On' were a perfect match. The crowd made sure they let him know.

    Reason given for long pauses between songs: Technical difficulties

    Front row gender split: 50/50

    Number of Aus emcees that can work a crowd like Drapht: Not many, if any

    Set closer: Scrunchies in the air for ‘Rapunzel’

  10. Empire of the Sun left Saturday’s Supertop headliners with some big shoes to fill. Their outrageously theatrical live show - imagine a Rock Eisteddfod from the future - dazzled those who managed to find a spot in the tent.

Opener: ‘Lux’
Closest thing to God at Splendour on Saturday night: Luke Steele
Dancers on stage: 4 androgynous figures came and went with numerous costume changes. All of their outfits were so tight they may well have been painted on
Hardest working member of Empire of the Sun: The fashion assistant squeezing the dancers into their costume changes in between songs
Costume changes: Lost count after 7
If the show was a fruit: It would be a pineapple
Best stage prop: Those red light-up guitars
Crowd fashion inspired by the performance: Excessive eye shadow,  elaborate headdresses, glitter, sequined tiaras
Luckiest punter: One fan in the front row was rewarded for going to the trouble to craft her Empire-inspired attire with Luke’s very own black, shiny headdress
Guitars harmed in the making of this performance: RIP the white Strat Luke smashed against the ground just before the encore
Set closer: ‘Alive’ - which got a bigger cheer than ‘Walking On A Dream’

    Empire of the Sun left Saturday’s Supertop headliners with some big shoes to fill. Their outrageously theatrical live show - imagine a Rock Eisteddfod from the future - dazzled those who managed to find a spot in the tent.

    Opener: ‘Lux’

    Closest thing to God at Splendour on Saturday night: Luke Steele

    Dancers on stage: 4 androgynous figures came and went with numerous costume changes. All of their outfits were so tight they may well have been painted on

    Hardest working member of Empire of the Sun: The fashion assistant squeezing the dancers into their costume changes in between songs

    Costume changes: Lost count after 7

    If the show was a fruit: It would be a pineapple

    Best stage prop: Those red light-up guitars

    Crowd fashion inspired by the performance: Excessive eye shadow,  elaborate headdresses, glitter, sequined tiaras

    Luckiest punter: One fan in the front row was rewarded for going to the trouble to craft her Empire-inspired attire with Luke’s very own black, shiny headdress

    Guitars harmed in the making of this performance: RIP the white Strat Luke smashed against the ground just before the encore

    Set closer: ‘Alive’ - which got a bigger cheer than ‘Walking On A Dream’

  11. It’s dark, chilly and ARIA Award & J Award winner Sarah Blasko has floated onto the stage. The tent is filled to the brim, with people pouring out of the sides, ready to witness the fitness of this multi-talented woman and her band.
Set opener song: was played twice due to technical difficulties! First time round the crowd couldn’t hear it. This meant that the set was cut short a song towards the end.
Stage outfits: Incredibly dapper. The band in black suits and white shirts. Sarah in a black dress with black sequined necklace and elbow length gloves.
Sarah’s voice: velvety, creamy, rich and smooth. Just the right amount of husky.
Most haunting moment: the opening bars of All Of Me. That downbeat piano!
New songs from I Awake record: Like An Arrow, All Of Me, God-Fearing, I Awake, Not Yet.
Sarah’s dancing: a floppy doll doing a contemporary dance in slow motion. Dreamy.
This set proves: just how treasured Sarah Blasko is. The entire crowd watched, mesmerised, the entire set. Huge applause after every tune.

    It’s dark, chilly and ARIA Award & J Award winner Sarah Blasko has floated onto the stage. The tent is filled to the brim, with people pouring out of the sides, ready to witness the fitness of this multi-talented woman and her band.

    Set opener song: was played twice due to technical difficulties! First time round the crowd couldn’t hear it. This meant that the set was cut short a song towards the end.

    Stage outfits: Incredibly dapper. The band in black suits and white shirts. Sarah in a black dress with black sequined necklace and elbow length gloves.

    Sarah’s voice: velvety, creamy, rich and smooth. Just the right amount of husky.

    Most haunting moment: the opening bars of All Of Me. That downbeat piano!

    New songs from I Awake record: Like An Arrow, All Of MeGod-Fearing, I Awake, Not Yet.

    Sarah’s dancing: a floppy doll doing a contemporary dance in slow motion. Dreamy.

    This set proves: just how treasured Sarah Blasko is. The entire crowd watched, mesmerised, the entire set. Huge applause after every tune.

  12. Returning to Australia for the second time in less than 12 months, MS MR couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces as they punched holes through the Mix Up tent in front of “the best crowd they’ve ever played for”.
Fake swans killed making LIzzy’s artificial feather coat: 43
Covers: Yep. They smashed out a live take of their Like A Version of LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Dance Yrself Clean’
Cocktail that most closely resembles frontwoman Lizzy Plapinger’s hair colour: A tequila sunrise with blackcurrant garnish
Voice: Flawless
Word scribbled across LIzzy’s tank top: Awesome
Word that best describes their performance: Awesome
Spotted in the crowd: Vance Joy, Julia Stone and that handsome guy from Packed To The Rafters
Biggest tunes: ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Fantasy’ were both met with massive cheers. And the setting sun made sure they got the most out of the two huge disco balls hanging from the roof.
Hip movements: Fluid
Best banter: Frontwoman Lizzy Plapinger couldn’t wipe the smile off her face the entire set. “Holy f**king shit! It’s so awesome to see you. You are hands down the best crowd we’ve ever played for!”

    Returning to Australia for the second time in less than 12 months, MS MR couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces as they punched holes through the Mix Up tent in front of “the best crowd they’ve ever played for”.

    Fake swans killed making LIzzy’s artificial feather coat: 43

    Covers: Yep. They smashed out a live take of their Like A Version of LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Dance Yrself Clean’

    Cocktail that most closely resembles frontwoman Lizzy Plapinger’s hair colour: A tequila sunrise with blackcurrant garnish

    Voice: Flawless

    Word scribbled across LIzzy’s tank top: Awesome

    Word that best describes their performance: Awesome

    Spotted in the crowd: Vance Joy, Julia Stone and that handsome guy from Packed To The Rafters

    Biggest tunes: ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Fantasy’ were both met with massive cheers. And the setting sun made sure they got the most out of the two huge disco balls hanging from the roof.

    Hip movements: Fluid

    Best banter: Frontwoman Lizzy Plapinger couldn’t wipe the smile off her face the entire set. “Holy f**king shit! It’s so awesome to see you. You are hands down the best crowd we’ve ever played for!”

  13. UK singer Jake Bugg landed in Australia with a solid set of songs from his debut self-titled album, plus a few new ones thrown in for good measure. His three piece band had shades of Americana and 50s rockabilly underneath his otherwise British stylings.
First big song: A slowed down version of ‘Seen It All’ got the crowd’s attention.
Stage banter: Just the basic pleasantries.  Jake didn’t crack a smile for the whole set.
Culture clash: A very English band singing about the railroads in ‘Kentucky’. Then a full tilt cover of Neil Young's 'My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)'.
Missed connections: The set almost didn’t win the crowd, with most people near the front happy to talk amongst themselves or check the schedule on other stages.
The big finale: Bugg and band finally cracked them with set closer ‘Lightning Bolt’ inspiring shoulder dancing, bared breasts and copious hand clapping.

    UK singer Jake Bugg landed in Australia with a solid set of songs from his debut self-titled album, plus a few new ones thrown in for good measure. His three piece band had shades of Americana and 50s rockabilly underneath his otherwise British stylings.

    First big song: A slowed down version of ‘Seen It All’ got the crowd’s attention.

    Stage banter: Just the basic pleasantries.  Jake didn’t crack a smile for the whole set.

    Culture clash: A very English band singing about the railroads in ‘Kentucky’. Then a full tilt cover of Neil Young's 'My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)'.

    Missed connections: The set almost didn’t win the crowd, with most people near the front happy to talk amongst themselves or check the schedule on other stages.

    The big finale: Bugg and band finally cracked them with set closer ‘Lightning Bolt’ inspiring shoulder dancing, bared breasts and copious hand clapping.

  14. Splendour in the Grass was just a massive warm up gig for the Birds before they embark on a lap of the country in support of this year’s record, March Fires. Tonight was a test of whether their fourth studio album has the ballads to match their back catalogue of Hottest 100 hits.
Opening song: ‘When The Night Falls Quiet’ - accompanied by impressive backing screen graphics and lasers.
Opening declaration from Ian Kenny: “We just wanna make you dance”
Biggest sing alongs: ‘Wild Eyed Boy’, ‘Plans’ - lyrics on the big screen helped until blocked by girls on shoulders, then more wildness to end with ‘Wild at Heart’.
Three: the maximum number of actual lighters aloft at any one time - during ‘Circles’.
Most shredding: The vibe went from emotional to hectic as Adam Sparks thrashed out his thick riffs on Wayside
Pre-made crowd sign read: “Adam Weston’s (drummer) mum makes my coffee”. His mum’s probably a barista, or his dad was in the crowd and Mr Weston is lazy.
Surprise cover: After Kenny said “we miss Frank” the band broke out a dreamy version of missing headliner Frank Ocean's Lost. They seem to have lost the lyrics beyond the chorus though.
Verdict: There wasn’t a gumboot stuck in the mud as the crowd obliged Kenny’s wish to make them dance. So you’d expect even more moves to be cut on the solid arena floors of their upcoming tour.

    Splendour in the Grass was just a massive warm up gig for the Birds before they embark on a lap of the country in support of this year’s record, March Fires. Tonight was a test of whether their fourth studio album has the ballads to match their back catalogue of Hottest 100 hits.


    Opening song: ‘When The Night Falls Quiet’ - accompanied by impressive backing screen graphics and lasers.

    Opening declaration from Ian Kenny: “We just wanna make you dance”

    Biggest sing alongs: ‘Wild Eyed Boy’, ‘Plans’ - lyrics on the big screen helped until blocked by girls on shoulders, then more wildness to end with ‘Wild at Heart’.

    Three: the maximum number of actual lighters aloft at any one time - during ‘Circles’.

    Most shredding: The vibe went from emotional to hectic as Adam Sparks thrashed out his thick riffs on Wayside

    Pre-made crowd sign read: “Adam Weston’s (drummer) mum makes my coffee”. His mum’s probably a barista, or his dad was in the crowd and Mr Weston is lazy.

    Surprise cover: After Kenny said “we miss Frank” the band broke out a dreamy version of missing headliner Frank Ocean's Lost. They seem to have lost the lyrics beyond the chorus though.

    Verdict: There wasn’t a gumboot stuck in the mud as the crowd obliged Kenny’s wish to make them dance. So you’d expect even more moves to be cut on the solid arena floors of their upcoming tour.

  15. Opening with guitar noise and huge cheer, it’s Australian bearded darling Chet Faker. He’s yet to put out an album, but the tent was filled to the brim with enthusiastic fans. A drummer, bassist and guitarist are already on stage. There’s a piano to the left and we’re expecting that seat to be filled very soon…
Best stage banter: Chet reveals that instead of a cold and flu tablet this morning, he accidentally took a sleeping pill. As a result, “I’m really, very, chilled out”.
It smells heavily like: weed. Everywhere you turn.
The crowd: 60% swaying and appreciative, 20% dudes yelling Chet Faker and Jet Fighter between songs, 20% couples making out.
Best crowd singalongs: during ‘I’m Into You’ and ‘Love & Feeling’.
Chet’s beard: makes him resemble Joaquin Phoenix in that David Letterman interview.
Sounded like: he’s a clear fave with the crowd already, so it’s exciting to know he’s got a debut album on the way. The blend of slow RnB fused jams, piano chillouts and warbling guitar was perfect as the sun shone into the set.

    Opening with guitar noise and huge cheer, it’s Australian bearded darling Chet Faker. He’s yet to put out an album, but the tent was filled to the brim with enthusiastic fans. A drummer, bassist and guitarist are already on stage. There’s a piano to the left and we’re expecting that seat to be filled very soon…

    Best stage banter: Chet reveals that instead of a cold and flu tablet this morning, he accidentally took a sleeping pill. As a result, “I’m really, very, chilled out”.

    It smells heavily like: weed. Everywhere you turn.

    The crowd: 60% swaying and appreciative, 20% dudes yelling Chet Faker and Jet Fighter between songs, 20% couples making out.

    Best crowd singalongs: during ‘I’m Into You’ and ‘Love & Feeling’.

    Chet’s beard: makes him resemble Joaquin Phoenix in that David Letterman interview.

    Sounded like: he’s a clear fave with the crowd already, so it’s exciting to know he’s got a debut album on the way. The blend of slow RnB fused jams, piano chillouts and warbling guitar was perfect as the sun shone into the set.