Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons performing at Splendour in the Grass.
Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons performing at Splendour in the Grass. Patrick Gorbunovs

Prodigal Mumford and Sons return to Splendour

MUMFORD and Sons made their triumphant return to Splendour in the Grass last night.

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.

"It's good to be back in Australia," front man Marcus Mumford said.

TV on the Radio played a hypnotic set, the New York four-piece's only Australian show.

"It's a painfully, painfully short visit for us," front man Tunde Adebimpe said.

"We got in yesterday and we leave tomorrow."

British rocker Pete Doherty didn't disappoint with his one and only set with his new band Babyshambles. 

The former Libertines front man could not play sideshows because of visa issues.

"And the good people at the Australian visa immigration, oh it doesn't matter," Doherty said halfway through the set before launching into crowd favourite Albion.

Looking like a naughty sailor in a black hat and striped shirt, Doherty drank and smoked on stage.

When a beach ball was launched at him, Doherty didn't miss a beat, kicking the ball back into the crowd while strumming and singing away.

It was a good old fashioned rock show and would have helped to slightly ease the pain of punters upset over Frank Ocean.

Confirmation came through in the afternoon that the international headliner had cancelled the rest of his Australian tour, including his festival-closing Sunday night show at Splendour.

News spread quickly of Ocean's sudden cancellation because of a vocal chord injury.

Sunday's re-worked line-up will see Of Monsters and Men close the festival at the Supertop.

Today festival-goers can look forward to sets by Something for Kate, Cloud Control, Ms Mrs, Drapht, Birds of Tokyo, Empire of the Sun, Bernard Fanning, Flume and The National.

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