The second day of Splendour In The Grass was upon us and after a cold night, a lot of people are looking forward to warming up in the moshpits of their favourite bands with Queens Of The Stoneage being tonights headliners, but before any bands begin we needed some grub. So we headed in in our PJ’s hoping the festivals fashionistas knew that it was way too early to worry about looking good right now, and would leave the judging till later on in the day. After a brilliant breakfast burger, which was undoubtedly the best thing I’ve ever eaten, we headed back to our tent to get ready for the long day ahead.
At 12:45 we journeyed to the Amphitheatre to see Hockey Dad. The awesome Aussie two piece put on a brilliant show even through it looked like they were frying in the midday sun. There was some surprise visits from some members of Skeggs, and a quick shoey from the drummer, despite his dismay. It was a great way to kick of a brilliant day of festival fun and live music.
As the sun sets and we all turned into icicles, we pushed our way through and into the heart of the mosh for Catfish and the Bottlemen & Royal Blood, two powerhouse acts from the UK that always put on a good show. I’ve seen both of them before and their stage presents, energy and overall tightness as bands never ever disappoint and they were the best pump up acts of the night, getting everyone involved.
Moshing gets a little uncomfortable after 2+ hours without water and a nice seat handy so we decided to take a break between Royal Blood and Queens of The Stoneage, and have a walk around the festival to check out some of the stores. They have everything from jewellery and festival ready clothes to facials and vinyls. There was also some lovely flamenco guitar from some of the buskers and the festival had really nice serenity to it, even though the cold was gnawing away at our limbs.
After taking a walk we stopped in to check out Paul Kelly do his thing on the GW McLennan stage and ended up staying for his entire set. When I first heard Kelly was apart of lineup I was surprised, with the lineup usually really current and alternative it just seemed like a strange fit. After seeing him live, I couldn’t agree more that he was so suited to the festival and absolutely packed out the tent, with Aussies keen to see some of their oldest and best musicians keep rocking and keep playing the hits from when they were young. There was certain vibe in the tent that I had yet to encounter at Splendour but it was honestly one of my favourite shows of the weekend with Kelly staying humble and appreciating every moment of every song. He finished off the set with ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ giving the crowd a perfect send off.
We watched Queens Of The Stoneage from the hill after seeing how hectic the moshpit was and it was just as good on the hill than it was in the mosh with them playing all their hits from the last 18 years. They’re seasoned performers and there was a lot of dynamics which kept the energy dying out. Their whole persona as just screams cool and they are the perfect Rock Band. The type you wanted to be when grow up and the type you still wanna be when you’re 30 years older.
All photo credit, including feature, goes to Nadia Achilles.