The weekend of July 25-27 was my first Splendour in The Grass festival, and my very first 3 day long festival which involved us camping. I went with my friend Comila who enjoys almost the exact same music as I do (which can get very vast and sometimes a little odd), but nevertheless when I saw the lineup months ago, I just knew that we had to get tickets. And how lucky we were in getting them! Apparently tickets sold out like crazy and a lot of people missed out. I’m not sure how I ended up with such luck that day, but I sure as hell wasn’t complaining. So weeks, and months went by of us getting excited for such an event…and then next thing we were in the car on the way down to Byron Bay. We started off with a few problems being stuck on the Gold Coast highway for about 2 hours from Brisbane even though we decided to leave at around 8pm to miss traffic. But that didn’t crush our spirits. We stayed at my parents unit in Broadbeach that Thursday night and continued on down to Byron on early Friday morning. Once arriving, we had the whole car search and whatnot and were sent into the campgrounds to find a spot. Again, luckily for us we managed to find a decent enough area to pitch our tent, and it was not too far from our car, or the toilets, or an entry to the actual festival. So we set up camp and got settled in. There were a few acts on Friday that were later in the evening, so we decided to hang out in the campgrounds for a while until it was time to go and check out the stages. We heard a fair amount of music from our tent spot anyway, so we were pretty happy and chilled in our little tent while there were some really massive ones about and lots of people in groups with numerous tents. But not long after, we were kindly invited to join some people who made a little common area with a BBQ, table, chairs, the whole set up! We hung out with them for a while, had some drinks, food and chats…and then decided it was time to see some bands.
That night we headed on in to the festival and saw a band called Portugal The Man that we had never heard of before, but really quite enjoyed. We unfortunately only saw a little bit of Boy and Bear‘s performance because we were too busy at the previous gig, but we weren’t too fussed as we’d both seen them together before. Later that night we also saw Matt Corby, Architecture in Helsinki and a little bit of Mumford and Sons as it was nearing the end and we were getting super tired and completely exhausted.
Saturday morning saw us rise quite early and we wandered into the festival to check out the areas, and one which came to be our favourite that was called The Global Village. At the Global Village they had yoga, dance performances, a tent with couches, people doing circus and acrobatic classes, it was fantastic! There were a couple of bands that we wanted to see early in the afternoon, so we made our way to specific tents and saw Vance Joy, Art of Sleeping, Chet Faker and Something for Kate. I’d just like to point out that every person or band we saw were absolutely amazing…with the exception of a few which I will mention when the time comes, but seriously…I would see all of these people again and again. Later that night we saw Birds of Tokyo, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Empire of the Sun, Bernard Fanning and Flume. Bernard Fanning was a bit of a let down unfortunately, the worst idea was him starting of his set by singing his new song Battleship which is definitely not a favourite of mine, so we weren’t really keen on sticking around. On a musical level he was good though. I just hated that song so I wanted to go elsewhere, Empire of the Sun however, blew my mind. I love them and their absolute weird and quirkiness. And what I was even more surprised about was that they sang a few songs from their old album…mostly the popular ones…and then they come out with Swordfish Hotkiss Night. Now I don’t expect many people to know this song as it is really weird and strange, but it was my favourite on that album for some crazy reason. Ahhhh I was so happy!! Jumping and dancing with excitement! It was amazing 🙂
On Sunday morning, we got up and were feeling very peaceful and relaxed, so we headed on into the Global Village and sat on a couch for literally about 2 hours. We drank chai, we listened to relaxing music and watched people doing yoga. It was so blissful. We then got our faces painted and went back to the campsite to get ready for the big day that we had planned. We again got invited over to hang out with our neighbours, and I guess that was a bit of a mistake in some way…because despite them being super cool…one thing led to another and we ended up missing a whole bunch of acts that we had planned to see 😦 we were pretty bummed about it the next day….but anyway. We did end up seeing Alt-J, Passion Pit, The Presets, and Of Monsters and Men. What a really great way to end a really great festival!
My highlights of each day….would have to be Friday: Architecture in Helsinki. Saturday: Empire of the Sun, and Vance Joy. Sunday: Passion Pit, Of Monsters and Men and Alt-J. Ok, so I couldn’t pick just one for each day 🙂
Wow. What a weekend it was. Words can literally not describe how amazing it really was. And how amazing being there with Comila was. It was like our moods and energy levels were in sync the whole weekend. There was nothing that either of us wanted to do that the other didn’t. Everything was just perfect and timing was fantastic. I could not have picked a better festival buddy than her.
Ok, this has been a pretty long post for just one weekend…but seriously…it deserves it. I was in such a depressed and heartbroken mood on Monday when we had to leave and come back to Brisbane, work, uni…reality! I wanted to just live in a world of tipi forests, music, strangers, mud, dancing, yoga, freedom, chai, peace, love…everything that the Global Village had to offer!!
Ahhhhh….Splendour take me baaaacccckkkk!!!