Although Splendour in the Grass 2015 is a lot more like, to use an already-tired expression, Splendour in the Mud, it doesn’t seem to be deterring punters from around the country from having an absolute ball. Triple J’s Veronica and Lewis introduced the crowd to Alexandria, this year’s lauded Mayor of Splendour, who cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the festival, and we were away.
Much-hyped Perth rockers and winners of the triple j Unearthed competition, Tired Lion, kicked things off with a bang at the Amphitheatre stage, ripping into their set with fierce energy to one of the biggest crowds we’ve ever seen this early in the day at a camping festival. Born frontwoman Sophie Hopes was ruthless, self assured and brimming with passion throughout the set, fittingly decked out in a Daria “Sick Sad World” t-shirt. It was a high-octane start to the day, and things certainly didn’t slow down from there.
Harts, Australia’s King of Shred, was up first at the GW McLennan tent. If there was any disputing over that title before today, there definitely won’t be anymore – with his mop of hair and leather jacket, he looked every bit the bona fide rockstar and had the crowd in absolute hysterics. Beyond his obviously insane guitar-playing skills, there’s much to be said about Harts’ showmanship, which he showed off with gusto throughout his set, playing his guitar behind his head in what is fast becoming his signature move. Breakthrough hit, er, Breakthrough, had the entire crowd singing, clapping, and just generally losing their sh*t – as well they should.
Urban Cone kicked off their set slightly late, but when they did take to the stage it was with plenty of flash and strobe lights. Resplendent in glittery shirts and overalls, the Swedish act, self-described as “five pine cones” wowed the crowd with their glam indie rock. Every song was a soaring feel-good time that felt specifically crafted for a festival set such as this.
Back at the Amphitheatre, Marmozets were just as brutal as you would expect, with frontwoman Becca Macintyre screaming so piercingly that it almost gave you a sore throat by way of sympathy – but in the best possible way. It wasn’t just her leading the charge, though: the entire band was so unforgivingly energetic that even the drummer barely sat down. Macintyre promised a swift return to Australia for the band, who’ve only been here once before, and thanked the scores of punters for coming out to see a bunch of “stupid English people”. The six-piece closed out a blistering set with mega-hit Why Do You Hate Me?.
There’s still plenty to come for the rest of the day – indie darlings San Cisco, local legends The Rubens, Everything Everything, #1 Dads (their swan song show, sadly), Death Cab For Cutie, Of Monsters and Men and international heavyweight Mark Ronson are all yet to take the stage. Stay tuned here, on the Blank Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for rolling updates throughout the festival!