A performer at Little Splendour, the festival’s space for children.
A performer at Little Splendour, the festival’s space for children. Savannah Van Der Niet

Splendour in the Grass: The festival that was

Customised gumboots were the must-have accessory at Splendour in the Grass, surpassing the felt hat. Contributed

The 15th annual Splendour In The Grass Music and Arts Festival took place at North Byron Parklands, delivering three massive days of music, art, craft, food, discussion and yes, a fair bit of mud.

Splendour 2015's line-up of more than 100 acts played to a capacity 30,000 audience across four main stages: The Amphitheatre, Mix Up Stage, GW McLennan Stage and, new addition, Tiny Dancer.

On Friday evening Tkay Maidza drew a huge crowd to the Mix Up tent and they stayed on for the night, taking in Everything Everything, Porter Robinson and a monster set by Peking Duk complete with a video intro by The Hoff.

Meanwhile, over at the GW McLennan Stage, Johnny Marr, Spiritualized and Ryan Adams played to a tent full of diehard and new fans.

And in the Amphitheatre the rain didn't stop a huge crowd taking in a hit after hit set by Mr Uptown Funk himself Mark Ronson and friends including Tame Impala's Kevin Parker.

On Saturday the sun came out again and The Grates made a triumphant return to the stage with a killer late afternoon set on the Amphitheatre Stage.

Other highlights on Saturday included massively popular sets by Flight Facilities, Azealia Banks, Pond and The Wombats.

Then Florence and The Machine capped off the day with an incredible, soaring set, played to a packed and totally captivated Amphitheatre.

On Sunday Splendour's resilient and (wood) chipper patrons embraced the muddy conditions and the return of the sunshine to take in some cracking sets by Aussie artists Vallis Alps, Holy Holy, Alpine, Last Dinosaurs, Thundamentals and Tame Impala as well as international artists The Districts, Wolf Alice, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, MS MR, Royal Blood and the mighty Blur, returning to Australia after 18 years.

Alongside the music, Splendour punters explored the many destination spaces at the show.

They did workshops and got their glitter on at Splendour In The Craft, foraged at the many food and market stalls, practiced yoga, did dance workshops and meditation at The Global Village, danced their hearts out at the Tipi Forest, interacted with visual and performance artists and listened to lively discussion and debate at the Splendour Forum.


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