Mumford, The National in spotlight after headliner cancels

Marcus Mumford on stage at Splendour In The Grass.
Marcus Mumford on stage at Splendour In The Grass.

WITH word of Frank Ocean's departure from the bill spreading like a chorus line through the crowd, it was up to headliners Mumford and Sons and The National to appease any disappointment for punters at Splendour in the Grass over the weekend.

Friday night's performance from Mumford and Sons surely sweetened any resentment.

The UK folk band have Grammy, Brit and ARIA awards under their belts since their performance at 2010's 10th anniversary festival at Woodford.

The atmosphere inside the Supertop wasn't quite the same as Woodfordia's natural amphitheatre, where the band were welcomed by 10,000 screaming fans who'd fallen in love with their runaway hit Little Lion Man.

But it came pretty close with the packed crowd singing along to Little Lion Man, the second song in the 75-minute set.

While The National were on headliner duty, it was Empire of the Sun's spectacular performance and light show that stole all the Sup- ertop attention on Saturday night.

Flanked by four dancers in skin-tight blue outfits with metallic helmets, Luke Steele, himself wearing a spiked metal headdress, played songs from the band's hit debut album Walking on a Dream and their sophomore release Ice on the Dune.

Last night Of Monsters and Men closed the festival, filling Frank Ocean's spot on the bill.

 

Mumford and Sons rock the stage at Splendour In The Grass.
Mumford and Sons rock the stage at Splendour In The Grass. Patrick Gorbunovs
Country Winston Marshall of Mumford and Sons at Splendour In The Grass.
Country Winston Marshall of Mumford and Sons at Splendour In The Grass.

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