Splendour in the Grass 2014
Byron Bay Beach
Ball Park Music
Splendour in the Grass.... Where can I start!
After staying with a friend in Lismore, and day tripping to Byron Bay Sarah, Rach and myself set off to North Byron Parklands on Wednesday 23rd of July.
Around 5pm we met up with our fellow campers and our convoy of 3 cars joined the line driving down the lantern lined, dirt track towards the festival. Setting up a tent is hard enough, let alone in the dark but we managed and got on to cooking dinner (if you excuse nearly blowing up our stove).
The perks of camping at the festival started to show on Thursday when we had a day to explore the markets and festival grounds before the fun really began.
Friday was the first day of the festival and we kicked off the day with the DMA’s, followed by The Preatures and The Kite String Tangle. When you’re listening to Ball Park Music at the amphitheatre as the sun sets you know you’re in for a good night. Asgeir, the Hoodoo Gurus and Childish Gambino prepared us for Friday nights headliner act Outkast - Let me here you say “Hey Ya…. Hey Ya.” Outkast had us so pumped that we went to the Global Village Drank Coconut Chai and danced till 1 in the morning, then found a garden filled with floating hammocks, so jumped the fence and hung out there until it got to cold to sit in summer clothes in winter weather in the early hours of the morning.
Saturday morning was spent sticking jewels on and painting our faces before heading into the festival to catch the second half of Cicra Waves (only regret not seeing the first ½ of the set). Sticky Fingers was up next followed by The 1975 – they were amazing, I have been having a obsession with The 1975 since. We went to Art vs Science which was also incredible, the vibe during ‘Parlez-vous Francais was something else! We saw The Jezabels that night, it was the only time it rained the whole weekend, and the lead singer Hayley Mary was so emotional and appreciative because they grew up about 20 minutes from Byron. She crowd surfed and their music was awesome. We also saw Foals and Rufus before heading back to the Global Village, where my sister and I spotted Sean Keenan.
We painted and bejewelled our faces once again on Sunday morning and headed to Broods, followed by Jungle. We danced like crazy people at Buraka Som Sistema, which was so much fun. That night we saw Grouplove as the sunset, and Chvrches, both were incredible. We ended the night with Nina Las Vegas, Foster the People and Ben Howard.
We packed up on Monday morning and headed off after jumpstarting one of our cars (what’s a road trip without at least one flat battery?) Making a few food stops along the way it wasn’t until we were nearly back in Sydney that it hit me the awesome adventure was coming to an end. I cannot wait for my next festival experience!