Final day of Splendour starts off a treat
IN THE wash up to Splendour 2013 organisers should consider sending out personal thank you notes and flowers to every punter who came along to the festival at its new home at Yelgun.
The Splendour faithful endured massive transport delays of up to 2 hours both to and from the site.
Many were also caught up in huge ticketing qeues at the front gate that stretched from the afternoon into the night on Saturday.
And this was after they endured the one-kilometre walk from the nearest drop off point to the front gates.
Once inside they then had to face the usual festival hazards like ankle deep mud in places and massive lines for the toilets, especially the ladies.
Through it all the Splendourites were kind and considerate to each other and kept their good humour even after, Frank Ocean, one of the headliners, cancelled at the last minute.
But shining through it all was the music, even with the Ocean no-show, there were enough magic moments to make it worth the pain.
Promptly at 12.30pm today local favourites and joint winners of this year's triple j unearthed, Potato Potato hit the stage to a rapturous response.
The hometown crowd willed them on and were rewarded by the band's rich four part harmonies and newly blooming songwriting abilities.
The Potatoes, the oldest of whom is in Year 12, were the perfect start to a sunny Sunday.
"It was incredible and pretty overwhelming," said singer Merryn Boller.
"It's the biggest festival audience we have played to; it's inspired us to play more festivals after we have finished our exams."
The band is already getting interest from local and international labels ahead of the September 9 release of their new EP.
Later on Sunday afternoon over at the Mix-Up tent Melbourne's Alpine brought their slick and sophisticated take on Euro-Pop to bear on proceedings.
The perfectly matched voices of Phoebe Baker and Lou James lifted the crowd and their unison singing on Secret sent a chill down the collective spine of the crowd.
The audience spilled out beside the tent where they could also get a great view of the band on the giant video screen as they lazed on what was left of the grass at Splendour.