Northern Hotel Byron Bay
Thursday 24 July
A Splendour Pre-Show party in a tiny pub room with Interpol headlining and you just know that it’s going to be something special. It was. Of the 500 people attending there were many familiar faces – Matt and Alex from Triple J, countless other radio DJs and music channel hosts, and other faces you wouldn’t recognise but whose professional photography work you probably would.
Tkay Maidza took the stage early and romped her way around getting the crowd psyched for the night (and the weekend) ahead. Tkay engaged the crowd as she rapped with experience beyond her years and closed the set with her hit Brontosaurus. DMA’s came out in a blaze of influences spanning continents and pulled off their show effortlessly on stage, no doubt convincing some of the crowd to check them out when they played again at the festival the very next day.
Future Islands were intense, and that is the best way to explain it. Lead singer Sam was a sight to behold on stage and worked the stage to his favour, successfully throwing the crowd into a frenzy to tracks like Seasons and Before the Bridge. Anticipation built as Interpol’s set came closer and closer, until the tiny room went black and the crowd went wild. Interpol worked new tracks like hit single All the Rage Back Home around tracks like Not Even Jail, Evil and Slow Hands. Interpol did not fail to impress, vocalist Paul Banks was pitch perfect and emotive on every note. It seemed as if they loved playing such a small capacity room, something they might have lost after the massive success of Antics and their later albums.
Fingers crossed next year the Splendour Pre-Show makes a return.