10 things you need to know: Splendour Day 2
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
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."
"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
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!"
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."
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."
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."
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.
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’.
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.