The weather goddesses continue to smile upon us with more warm, clear days. The warmth is definitely needed to get aching bodies moving for the final day of the marathon. Day 3 definitely puts the ‘festi’ in festival. There is no wind down in the music though. Another packed day with known quantities such as Slowly Slowly, Set Mo, The Rubens, Mansionair, Matt Corby, What so Not, Tycho and Cosmo’s Midnight. But not Chance. Thanks for stepping up Hilltop Hoods. If you caught our coverage from Falls you’ll remember they went off like the proverbial frog in a sock. A perfect way to end the Splendour circus. You know you’re at Splendour when….even your phone step counter says, ‘Yeh, I’m out’. On with the show.
Triple j unearthed winner packed out the Mix Up with his smooth vocals and catchy tunes. He had the crowds bopping along and seemed genuinely delighted to see them all there. The set was being broadcast by Triple J and his more well known songs (Childism) elicited a great singalong.
Bringing the dance floor bangers to the pre-sunset crowd in a packed and heaving Mix Up. So much filthy fun and Guy Sebastian’s doppelgänger was onstage and along for the ride. Set Mo acknowledged the roller coaster of starting as the interval act to a main stage at Splendour in a few short years and couldn’t believe it was real.
As the sun set into the dusty Splendour horizon a full Mix Up heaved to the solid beats of this Sydney electronica 3 piece. So polished despite performing in New York a mere 24 hours ago. A slower, bassier, sexier ‘Hold me down’ was an absolute treat for the earballs.
Chill tunes in the chilly air of the Amphi on the final night. Like warmed honey Matt caressed us with his indie folky rhythms.
This Californian downtempo, ambient, chill artist is my find of the festival. Scott’s been around for a while. I am just late to the party. That is going to be remedied with an addition to many playlists. New. Fave. He has branched out with a vocalist – Saint Sinner (aka Hannah Cottrell) who was here for Splendour and in beautiful voice. She was a really worthwhile and appropriate addition to the line up. After a couple of days break the crew will play the Opera House in Sydney (a bucket list gig according to manager Bryan) and Melbourne. It was warm on the barrier and the super fan next to me apologised through her tears for all the arm waving, ‘They’re my favourite band!’ I get it darling, I really do.
WORDS: Alicia Kent-Rooney
IMAGES: NJA Photography