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Splendour In The Grass 2010.

Posted in event, festival, music on August 5, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

For it’s 10th birthday Splendour In The Grass music festival shifted from Byron Bay to Woodfordia.

The organisers wanted to do something big, to share the SITG spirit with as many music lovers as possible, so shifting from Byron to Woodfordia allowed for double the tickets – from about 15’000 to 30’000.

Woodfordia is a thoughtfully laid out site purpose built for festivals, in particular the Woodford Folk Festival held over New Years each year. The Amphitheatre (main stage) holds about 20’000 people, and the music sounded so great wherever you were. Images of standing right at the back of the Amphiteatre and looking down at everyone dancing during Pixies ‘Where Is My Mind’ will stay with me for the rest of my life.

SITG is the biggest multi day festival I have ever attended. From what I’ve heard, 40% of the tickets were event only the rest included camping. We had event only tickets and stayed with friends in Caboolture, about 40 minutes drive away. It was so great to have a shower each morning and a bed to sleep in, but I did miss being able to duck back to the tent for mid afternoon naps!

DAY 1 – FRIDAY

I saw Foals in Melbourne a few days prior, and only caught the end of their set at SITG. Luckily they changed their set list for the festival and the three songs I heard were some of favourites, including ‘Electric Bloom’ and ‘Olympic Airways’.

I don’t know much of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club‘s music, but they put on a hell of a good show! They’re how a rock band should be.

Hot Chip were enjoyable although the Mix Up tent at SITG was dissapointing. I saw them at Big Day Out last year and it was pure magic. I always stand in the same position when seeing a band I love – right at the front barrier, and a little to the left to avoid the mosh. I am short, so it is the best place for me, plus I love beingso close to the artists.

Standing in this position in The Mix up tent meant I was right in front of the speakers. The music was definitely above legal limits; it was so loud that anyone standing there felt that the music was pressing on their throat and chest. I have never had so much fear of my eardrums bursting and I couldn’t breathe properly, so after threesongs we went further back in the tent.

Needing to move further back killed some of my excitement; I pay to be close to bands – otherwise I could just watch a DVD in my loungeroom and not have to put up with the crowds!

LCD Soundsystem was a great dance session. We all jumped around and got really sweaty, exactly how it should have been. The only dissapointment was that they didn’t play ‘Dance Yourself Clean’.

Scissor Sisters, oh my, something special. Ana Matronic is SUCH a babe. She has lost 12 kg’s in the last few years and is looking steamin’ hot. Scissor Sisters were my band of 2005. I discovered them after listening to CD’s lying around at my cousins, and they showed me the power of disco.

Scissor Sisters

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