The last day of Splendour commenced with gleaming sunlight and the fresh smell of mud lingering throughout the venue – but a little bit of dirt wasn’t something that would stop Splendourites from making sure this would be a weekend they wouldn’t forget.
With flares and fiery hearts filling the moshpits, Splendour in the Grass 2015 ended with nothing short of a bang. Artists Bad/Dreems, Vallis Alps and Holy Holy, all proudly Australian artists, absolutely brought the festival to life with their latest and greatest tunes, causing the mud-fest to begin. The Last Dinosaurs (or Last & Dinos) soon took over the Amphitheatre stage with a smooth-styled attitude mixed with a poppy, uplifting beat, getting the crowd up and dancing to their favourite tunes. The band played during the interlude of their single launch tour of ‘Evie’ and their ‘Wellness’ tour that kicks off in September.
With the last-minute cancellation of Australian rapper All-Day, due to a family emergency, we were brought over to the set of all mighty C.W. Stoneking at the GW McLennan stage, changing the vibe to a classic blues kind of feel. Of course, his music was brilliant as always, but what amazed fans, was how he managed to keep his suit so white considering the sludgy weather. Before we knew it, we were headed back to the Amphitheatre for The Vaccines. Despite the seemingly ‘hazy’ Justin Hayward-Young, the band managed to get the whole audience singing along to their tunes, beginning their set with all-famous tunes, including ‘Wetsuit’.
Dusk proved that was time to make an appearance at the Tipi Forest to take a peak at the NSW artists Get Down, getting a glimpse at what was sure to be the boys’ biggest show yet, with their audience literally getting down and dirty to their heavy beats. Their remix of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a tune that all Get Down fans were waiting for, brought enough energy to the forest that would bring even your most placid friends onto the dance floor. Kitty, Daisy and Lewis continued the blues and roots trend going at GW McLennan, bringing their album ‘Kitty, Daisy & Lewis the Third’ to life with shimmering gold and silver suits. Meanwhile, Jamie T used his British hip-hop charm to produce an eruption of dancing and laughter, especially for the Splendour faves ‘Sticks and Stones’ and ‘Zombie’. The Tiny Dancer Stage changed the atmosphere entirely with electro-trap heroes, Slumberjack. Their massive sound and energetic attitude had the crowd jumping off walls, closing their set with the well-loved ‘Horus’.
By night, the Amphitheatre had become a giant mudslide, with people struggling to walk let alone dance – but as soon a Tame Impala came on stage, the crowd somehow made it possible. Their psychedelic sounds and well-fitting light show took the crowd on a turbulent journey, amplifying their glorious new album ‘Currents’. Splendour in the Grass 2015 brought three days of treacherous rain, dirt and blown-down campsites. But with the tunes played on the final day that had been anticipated for so long, made the struggle worthwhile. Now all we can say is, bring on next year!