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Splendour In The Grass 2019, Day 2: Pure magic

The second day of any festival can be a bit rough. Many punters tend to over-indulge on the first night (myself included), hence getting into a groove on day 2 can take a bit of time. At Splendour In The Grass, however, recovery seems to come supernaturally fast.

By the time music kicked off at midday yesterday, people were back on two feet and ready to dive into another day of great live music. With sets from Wolf Alice, Dope Lemon, Ruby Fields, and Childish Gambino, Saturday at Splendour was pure magic.

Day two of Splendour In The Grass 2019 was a spectacle of the best in live music. Here’s what went down.

Canberra legends Moaning Lisa got things started at the amphitheatre with their blistering brand of garage punk. Shortly after, Sydney locals Dear Seattle were met by a sea of adoring fans (who all apparently know every single lyric to every single song).

Many of Dear Seattle’s fanbase were equally as excited to see the amphitheatre’s next act, Trophy Eyes. The Newcastle band brought energy unending to an ultra-enthusiastic crowd. In one of the festival’s most bizarre and unexpected moments, John Floriani and co brought out Chris Lilley for a performance of his newly-written track The Fuck Song. The song has only ever been performed once, but I guarantee there are a few thousand people with line “If you wanna fuck, let’s fuck fuck fuck” stuck in their heads right now.

As the sun began to lower, Ruby Fields hit up the G W Mclennan tent with one of the weekend’s best sets. At one point she pulled out a cover of Toxic by Brittany Spears that had the sizeable crowd losing their minds.

Wolf Alice and Ocean Alley kept the good vibes going at the amphitheatre, and Dope Lemon absolutely killed it at the G W Mclennan. Accompanied by what must’ve been a 30-piece for his final song, Angus Stone delivered a hypnotic and stylish set.

As the night got later, anticipation for Childish Gambino’s headlining set began to build. Expectations were high, but oh boy, did he exceed them. If the rumours are true, and this is Gambino’s final ever Australian festival appearance, he went out on a huge high. Donald Glover has a presence unlike any other, and watching the man perform live was a truly perfect festival moment.

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July 21, 2019