British singer Florence Welch performing at Splendour in the Grass 2015.
British singer Florence Welch performing at Splendour in the Grass 2015. Bianca Holderness

SPLENDOUR DAY 2: Florence had crowds eating from her hand

FLORENCE, Yelgun's queen goddess of music, parted the clouds and sent away the rain at yesterday's Splendour in the Grass.

But not even a queen goddess like her could deal with all the mud.

North Byron Parklands became the biggest mud trap in NSW with a thick layer of very sticky mud set onto the terrain.

But that was of no concern for Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine fame, who wore a flowy white outfit… probably the only person in the whole of Splendour that could wear pure white and not end up with mud splatters all over.

Enchanting, regal and jumping all over the Amphitheatre's stage, Florence treated audience with sweetness, walking among them and touching their faces, offering kisses to the crowd and asking for their love.

Her show was a mix of old hits such as You've Got The Love from her 2009 release Lungs, Shake It Out from the 2011 album Ceremonials and her latest hits - such as What Kind of Man - from this year's How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

She had the crowd eating from her hand in two minutes, of course.

At the other end of the muddy festival, another type of gig happened yesterday: American rapper Azealia Banks, 24, paid an old debt with Splendour in the Grass, that of performing a whole set of her music.

American rapper Azealia Banks at her Splendour 2015 performance.
American rapper Azealia Banks at her Splendour 2015 performance. Stephen Booth

Three years ago, despite being booked to play for an hour in her only Australian performance of her 2012 tour - Banks could only muster about 25 minutes before calling an end to the set citing technical difficulties.

Yesterday the singer of The 212 was on fire, with two male dancers following her steps while performing songs from her latest release, Broke with Expensive Taste (2014).

Other bands also playes yesterday, like The Church, the Dandy Wharhols, The Wombats and Purity Ring, but it was Flight Facilities that got the punters going more than any other band.

WHAT IS ON SUNDAY (BESIDES MUD IN PLACES WE WILL NOT NAME)

Sunday, July 26:

• Royal Blood, Tame Impala and Blur at the Amphitheatre from 7.30pm until midnight.

 Alison Wonderland at the Mix Up Stage at 8.30pm

• Elizabeth Rose at the Tiny Dancer Stage at 7pm

• C.W. Stoneking, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, Megan Washington, Thundamentals and Xavier Rudd & The United Nations from 4.15pm until midnight at Gw McLennan Tent.

• Spaghetti Circus at the Tipi Forest at 2pm

• Gyuto Monks Sand Mandala dissolution at 4pm, Zorba Gypsy Party with Shakshuka at the Global Village from midnight

• The Frackman film at noon at the Forum

• Ladyboy MC at You C*nt Stop the Music from midnight

• Kyle Lionheart at 2pm at the Buskers Stage

 

IF YOU ARE NOT AT YELGUN, DON'T MISS SPLENDOUR TV 

Splendour in the Grass and Telstra have teamed up to offer a free online show.

Splendour in the Grass TV will broadcast today (Sunday) from 5pm until midnight at http://www.telstra.com/music

HEADLINERS: You can watch Blur’s performance this Sunday free online on Splendour TV.
HEADLINERS: You can watch Blur’s performance this Sunday free online on Splendour TV. CONTRIBUTED

The special show will broadcast the live performances of UK bands Blur and Royal Blood, Mark Ronson, as well as featured performances by Of Monsters and Men, Peking Duk, hip hop artist Tkay Maidza and Jarryd James.

James Mathison, Jane Gazzo and Ella Hooper will be the evening's hosts, presenting artist interviews, backstage gossip and their Splendour Awards for the Best of the Fest.


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