Jasmine Knight-Smith & Darren Bridge
It’s festival day one, and the cold is really kicking in, so we head to the nearest fire to warm our bodies, ready for what will come next.
Young girls have apparently spent hours getting ready applying makeup and glitter and minimal clothing, while young boys, realising all too late their lack of effort, seem to have donned newly acquired pirate hats and Mexican-style ponchos.
When the winter sun starts setting on Splendour, there is a crispness in the air, cooling a sea of goosebump-covered bare legs and banditos, who move in waves towards the next act.
Meg Mac kept everyone captivated, with a set and a stage presence that grows in stature every year.
Other highlights for the rest of the night included Foals, all-girl lineup Warpaint, and Tame Impala finished up the main stage, invoking their Suede-esque crazed Brit-pop feels.
Saturday’s temperature dropped even farther, but the kids seem to be wearing less.
Oh to be young and invincible!
Time to eat! The food seemed a bit less diverse than in previous years, but surprisingly good value for money on the festival scale.
The $12 nachos serve was big enough for two. Ocean Alley filled the Amphitheatre to capacity, then the surge headed back over the hill for Dope Lemon and a raucous set by Catfish and the Bottlemen.
But it was Courtney Barnett – for generation X – who was absolutely the highlight of the night.
Her show is raw, honest, and just a bit daggy, with clever lyrics and classic stage-rock moves.
She captivates the crowd with her enthusiasm and easy rapport with the band members. It is infectious, and the audience went wild.
Trudging back to the carpark we realised that we were done for the weekend and that Sunday would have to go on without us.
Hats off to the Splendour crew for reducing plastic waste this year and for putting systems in place that reduced traffic and made exiting by car not only manageable but easy and stress free.
Splendour 2019, thoroughly enjoyable!