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Splendour in the Grass: event review

A freak torrential downpour and hail storm on the first day may have turned Splendour in the Grass’s temporary home of Belongil fields – in NSWs beautiful Byron Bay – into a virtual slip ‘n slide. But that didn’t stop anyone from rocking their gumboots off. The rest of the weekend bought sunny days and loads of phenomenal local and international acts. The crowd crammed the GW McLennan tent to see opening act Chet Faker; Gossling’s angelic voice soared far across the mud-soaked lakes; while The Beautiful Girls (in one of their last shows ever) sent a chilled out crowed into a swaying spin.

The much anticipated Lana Del Ray disappointed. She should take some lessons on stage presence and cheeky crowd pleasing antics from local boys, The Hilltop Hoods. Also, notable mentions to one of my all-time favourite Swedish indie pop acts, Miike Snow; English three piece Band of Skulls; and, of course, Jack White, who swapped his all-lady band members halfway through his set, confirming his status as the current King of Rock. And what better way could there be to close out such a psychedelic and diverse festival then swaying and hugging with a stranger while singing along to The Gossip’s We are the Champions? Splendour, till next year.