‘Mud Max’ didn’t stop the music at Splendour
THE 15th annual Splendour in the Grass Music and Arts Festival is over and it will be remembered as "Mud Max".
The sporadic inclement weather over the week of the event damaged the venue grounds.
With mud up to their ankles, it was hard to decide which punters were drunk and which were just struggling to get from one stage to the other.
Splendour implemented a significant amount of ground works to make the event as comfortable and safe as possible for patrons.
This work included spreading bark chips and gravel over problem areas across the site and hessian in the Amphitheatre in an effort to stop people from slipping.
Those unfortunate not to have gumboots saw their shoes disintegrate, with many falling apart on the spot.
But to say that the mud took over the festival would be unfair.
It was hard to walk around but the mud did not stop the music.
Headliners Florence + The Machine, Blur and Peking Duck delivered some of the best performances of the festival.
Singer Florence Welch wore a flowy white outfit and was probably the only person in the whole of Splendour who could wear white and not end up with mud splatters all over.
Florence treated audience with sweetness, walking among them and touching their faces, offering kisses to the crowd and asking for their love.
Electronic 1980s pop band Client Liaison was also a highlight with an excellent performance on stage.
The Q&A in the Grass Forum, the Comedy line up, Splendour in the Craft and the Global Village expanded the Splendour experience from a music festival into a winter wonderland.
A particular success of the festival was Little Splendour, probably one of the best spaces of the event.
Splendour TV took the festival out of Yelgun with Blur's live gig broadcast via Telstra plus a number of featured sets and interviews on Sunday night on a free streaming service.
The selfies, the muddy boots, the worn out wristbands and the feeling of a big long weekend without a holiday will linger in punters' minds until it all happens again in 2016.