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Splendour In The Grass 2007

Those that followed my 'live blogging' of the Splendour In The Grass festival would have noticed that I didn't really have any 'beefs' with the festival as a whole. The event appeared to be a lot more over-crowded than the last time I went in 2004. It also seemed about 40% dustier, more spread out and generally more painful in getting around between stages.

Editors

I am not much of a festival kind of guy. The crowds kill me, the all-day drinking guys take away my spirit and I am normally quickly zapped into the realisation that most of the people at the event are not there for the music but more to get drunk and cut loose. Two things made this festival move from uncomfortable to reasonably enjoyable:

  1. We had special tickets that allowed us access to a private bar and toilets. Was a great way to escape the somewhat chaotic 'gen pop'. It also had a nice little seated area on the side of the main stage where we could watch the bands from.
  2. We were staying about an hour south of Byron. We could get away at the end of the day, wake up in a small town without chaotic kids doing beer bongs on the roofs of cars and smashing my face with their drunken craziness.

Day 1. Editors were the clear highlight. I was reasonably excited to see them and they didn't disappoint. We were seated in the previously mentioned 'lovely side area' and had a nice view of the band. His voice is worthy of making love to.

Editors

Seeing as Editors had finished and Damien Rice canceled I had seen the only act I wanted to see for the day. It was about 4pm. The rest of the day was spent relaxing and catching the occasional band. And getting mildly drunk-faced.

Grinspoon

Kaiser Chiefs

I liked Ash a lot more than I thought I would. Grinspoon and Kaiser Chiefs were enjoyable enough as well. The head Chief threw a tambourine and caught it on his foot. Maybe they should spend more time working on writing slightly more complex songs that doing circus tricks.

Speaking of circuses..

Circus people

An entertaining side show involving midgets fighting other midgets and other fun things was a nice way to escape the crowds and get a little bit entertained. I am such a sucker for midgies.

Day 2. We started a bit late to ensure we didn't burnout for the true highlight of the festival - The [mudda trucking] Shins. We got inside in time to get some seats to watch Gotye's set. Plagued by a series of technical problems brought on by having to carry out a series of complex sound checks in record time - it was a hit and miss affair. The crowd lapped it all up anyway and De Backer, possibly the nicest guy in Australian music, didn't point fingers or blame anyone. He seemed to love the response from the packed out theatre and the fact there was such a lovely sing-a-long vibe throughout his performance.

Gotye

Gotye

We saw bits and pieces of Josh Pyke's set but we were more concerned at this point of getting a good spot for the Dirty Three, which would lead to being well set up for when The Shins took to the stage. Dirty Three were a lot better than I thought. Instrumental music always seems to be missing some personality when performed live but the between song banter and charismatic violin frontman filled some of that void.

Dirty Three

The Shins killed it. I was excited - maybe even too excited - and they still didn't disappoint. They were definately the highlight of the festival for me.

The Shins

The Shins

The Shins

All in all it was an enjoyable weekend of music. The previously mentioned over-crowded factor did start to become annoying at times as there wasn't anywhere to escape the masses. Ultimately this is what killed 'the magic' of the event.

Did anyone else go? Hit up the forum and let us know what you thought of it.

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