From Splendour With Love

From Splendour With Love

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Dear Mon Droit,

This may not be your typical Mon Droit letter but I thought your readers may enjoy some insight into what has become a stand-out on the Australian live music calendar, Splendour in the Grass.

Splendour, is an annual gathering of almost 30,000 people at the North Byron Bay Parklands for three days of musical acts, drinking, camping, festival food and dubious weather. This year, headline acts included: Mark Ronson, Florence and the Machine and Blur (his first Australian performance this century).

For all of you who have a more nuanced musical taste Splendour also offers the best of upcoming Australian musicians to accompany the plethora of international artists on the indie rock, electronic, alternative and hip hop scenes. Whether you’re a first-timer or this is your seventh festival, you’ll meet crazy people, watch extraordinary performances and walk away with plenty of memories and mud in your tread.

Despite the enormous media hype surrounding the threat of sniffer dogs upon entry into the festival, in reality it was almost non-existent. In fact, I was more concerned that I would get called-out for my Geoff Lee (state MP for Parramatta) bucket hat. On a serious note, standing for two hours in the middle of a six thousand strong mosh pit with everyone trying to get to the front was a serious health risk that saw almost fifty attendees pulled out of the crowd during a single set.

My FIVE RED HOT TIPS for Splendour:

1) Gumboots are essential. With this many people jumping, dancing and raving for four days your what you’re about to put your foot in.
2) Use the Splendour app. It’s possible to have three of your favourite acts one after the other across different sides of the festival, so the organisers have kindly tabulated all of this information and more, so you can plan your day.
3) Dress for all seasons. Splendour does not pause for inclement weather – so be prepared.
4) Arrive early. The music starts on Friday and continues through til Sunday night. However, for the 20,000 campers setting up, space becomes hard to find after lunchtime on Thursday.
5) Be spontaneous. Some of the best acts are the artists you haven’t heard of and festival food may be more expensive than the peanut butter sandwich you brought, but it is completely worth it.

HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Johnny Marr’, garlic corn-on-the-cob, front row for ‘The Wombats’
LOW POINTS: walking between stages, leaky ponchos and falling into puddles (see below)

Jacob Messina
Arts I

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