A Splendid Muddy Mess

By Shells-Bells

This year’s Splendour in the Grass saw 30,000 people descend on Northern Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia for three days of music, mud and madness! The rain, the squishy knee-high mud, the flying objects in the crowds (including Christmas trees and couches), the bodies falling into the crowd and let’s not forget the fashion, all contributed to the mayhem and what could have been one of the best Splendours ever!

With such major international acts as Blur, Florence and the Machine, Of Monsters and Men and The Wombats, it’s hard to cover it all but here are some standouts worthy of a mention.

Aussie pop band San Cisco got the young, hipster crowd grooving to their cutesy tune Awkward and another song Runoff from their new album, Gracetown. Fun, happy, catchy songs made this set most enjoyable.

The Rubens followed and breezed through their rock and roll tunes, which saw a huge crowd sing-a-long to My Gun and a rousing finish with their new song Hallelujah. These guys have come a long way with their new song Hoops, the title track of their new album is definitely worth a listen.

On day two, the Wombats definitely wowed, however, there were also some smaller acts that were all winners! Liverpool four piece band Circa Waves kicked the day off in the amphitheatre. Playing together since 2013, this is already their second Splendour.

Boy and Bear finished off the night on the GW McLennan stage. Older hits, including Feeding Line and Southern Sun were crowd pleaders, while Walk the Wire is a great new song from their new album, Limit of Love which is expected to be released in October. Looking forward to this one.

The final day saw action packed sets from headliners Blur, Tame Impala and Royal Blood. However, there were numerous other acts that made Splendour’s last day for 2015 unforgettable including Bad//Dreems, The Delta Riggs, Wolf Alice, The Vaccines and Jamie T.

Local boys The Delta Riggs followed and sent out some brilliant rock‘n’roll and blues-based vibes. Opening with Supersonic Casualties, frontman Elliott Hammond entertained the crowd with his banter,  groovy moves and swagger. Some memorable harmonica solos and a tambourine smash that saw pieces fly into the crowd made this a standout performance.

Wolf Alice were another standout of the day. A four-piece band from London, they gave it their all. The lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s strong voice (a cross between Blondie and Kim Gordon), mixed with 90s nostalgia rock make their songs unique. This is a band with a lot of potential.

As the sun went down the massive sounds of English rock duo Royal Blood belted through the amphitheatre. They played a thunderously loud but perfectly polished show to a huge crowd. The opener, Come on Over, was followed by Little Monster and then Ten Tonne Skeleton, which triumphed.

So that was Splendour.  A three day musical marathon of tremendous talent! Anyone into music should be there in 2016!