So, it's taken me this long to get off my post Splendour high! Even though I only went to the first day of the three day long festival, I still had an absolute blast.
The sun was shining throughout the day, and I didn't even have to wear my jacket! The air was full of the sounds of sweet music and the scent of pot. Clearly a good day.
I felt so at home in my pale purple dress and matching flower crown, offset by my combat boots to protect from the rumoured mud, I looked like an experienced festival goer. My boyfriend and I took the bus to the festival grounds before the music started so we could find our way around and take part in one of the salsa classes in the "global village". This was fun, but the class was for actual beginners and we were too advanced, so we left. (read: I had dragged my boyfriend to enough salsa classes at The Space in Chapel Street that he didn't really want to do another one at the infamous music festival!)
We scouted out the tents, food trucks and discovered the beautiful Moet and Chandon tent thy would become our home base for the day. (see photos below)
During the day, Mansionair absolutely smashed their set! With witty on stage banter about how they started their band only 2 years ago whilst they were at Splendour, the crowd was loving them. Getting into the dancing groove amongst the happy campers and other long distance travellers like myself was so much fun!
Japanese Wall Paper were quite a let down, only because they didn't play the one song I knew!
Dustin Tebbaut was one of my favourites for the day, because my boyfriend absolutely adores his music so it was nice to have a bit of a slow dance together. When I want to relive the splendour experience, I listen to some of his tunes!
On another wavelength was Tkay Maizda who is an absolute babe and a half! She got the crowd pumping and hot and sweaty! She was the real deal. Her stage set up and lighting show was quite something too!
Finally, Of Monsters and Men were obviously the best of the best that we saw. They drew in a crowd big enough to cover the whole amphitheatre area (I estimate at least 15,000 people, probably more). After scouting out the area, we decided to push to the front. And we did! We front row fairy danced as best we could with hardly any personal space.
It was a relief when the heavens opened and it turned into Splendour in the Mud, but as the rain got heavier and heavier, our spirits got lower and lower.
A quick disco at Mark Ronson to classics like Bicycle had us feeling like pigs in a sty, we knew it was time to go home.
After a super hot and much needed shower, I hopped snug as a bug into bed. I was too tired to even feel sorry for those muddy campers!
I can't wait to go again next year though!
Did you go to splendour? Let us know in the comments how you enjoyed it!