Splendour In The Grass made a spectacular return to Byron Bay this weekend with three abundant days of music, arts, discussion and discovery.
For the 12th time, Splendour presented a supersonic lineup of over 90 acts from around Australia and across the globe that played to a sold out crowd each day.
On Friday the heavens opened with a freak, localised hail storm hitting the site in the early afternoon. The sudden downpour resulted in a muddy site but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the thousands of music lovers who took in stellar sets from the likes of At The Drive-In, The Shins, Explosions In The Sky, The Afghan Whigs and Kimbra.
Jack White capped off Friday night with a set that covered everything from his newest Bluderbus release to Seven Nation Army. The set started off with a suave looking set of gents on the instruments before swapping to his all female band. There simply is nobody else on the planet remotely like Jack White.
On Saturday Splendour audiences were treated to a diverse lineup of acts including local lads Last Dinosaurs, legends such as Shihad, Dirty Three and Mudhoney and a bunch of major crowd pleasers including Bloc Party, Hilltop Hoods, Miike Snow, Tame Impala, Band Of Skulls and the ethereal Lana Dey Rey.
Across the afternoon and into the evening the Splendour stages played host to some of the hottest acts in music today, including Metric, Gossip and Azealia Banks until the night was capped of with a triumphant set from Smashing Pumpkins that showed everyone why they dominated music in the nineties and continue to pull capacity crowds.
Alongside the music, Splendour punters foraged from 44 food stalls and shopped at 100 market stalls. They did yoga, interacted with visual and performance artists, listened to lively discussion at the Splendour Forum and even got hitched at a mass faux marriage.
Emergency First Aid Services, were on board to provide around the clock care for patrons. Most treatments were for minor complaints. A team of doctors, registered nurses and paramedics were on hand to care for a number of medical conditions that presented throughout the weekend.
Co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco said: “Thanks to everyone for supporting Splendour’s return home to the Byron Shire. We’re looking forward to bringing you another awesome show next year at our permanent home at North Byron Parklands. ‘til next time!”