Three days of sun-kissed melodies, electrifying performances, and boundless positive energy at Splendour in the Grass 2023.
What a weekend it has been at Ngarindjin / North Byron Parklands as Splendour in the Grass celebrated its 21st birthday edition in true style! From sunshine to rainbows, the festival was an explosion of high vibes that left everyone feeling electrified and uplifted.
With a stellar lineup featuring the likes of Lizzo, Flume, Mumford & Sons, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, J Balvin, and more, the festival delivered three jam-packed days of music, art, discussion, food, and culture.
From the moment the gates opened, the festival grounds buzzed with excitement and anticipation. Three main stages – The Amphitheatre, Mix Up Stage, and GW McLennan Tent – hosted incredible performances, while other areas like The Forest, Global Village, Rainbow Bar, and Science Tent provided a diverse range of experiences to indulge in.
Friday was an emotional rollercoaster with standout performances from Skegss and Dune Rats, who pulled heartstrings with a touching moment dedicated to their absent member. Meanwhile, Jack River’s collaboration with Tony Armstrong brought pure joy to the crowd.
Ocean Alley’s tribute to Lewis Capaldi, accompanied by Meg Mac, was simply beautiful, and Sudan Archives’ vibrant set showcased her unique style and signature violin.
Saturday was a day of surprises and special guests. Meg Mac, Benee, and Mallrat delivered memorable collaborations, and Sam Fender set the Amphitheatre on fire with an unforgettable performance
The powerful discussion with Pussy Riot founder Nadya Tolokonnikova at The Forum added depth to the festival experience.
Sunday brought an array of emerging Australian acts tot he Splendour stage, including Balming Tiger’s boundary-pushing K-pop performance. Dune Rats’ rowdy set, joined by rock’n’roll royalty, had the crowd jumping, and Tove Lo’s fierce energy resonated with fans. UK rockers IDLES left a lasting impression with their explosive set.
Splendour in the Grass 2023 was not just about the music; it was a celebration of inclusivity and diversity. The festival provided a platform for discussions on important issues and offered unique cultural experiences for attendees to engage with.
As the 21st edition came to a close, Mumford & Sons delivered a heartfelt and anthemic set, leaving the audience with a sense of unity and love.
With nearly 40,000 attendees each day and 15,000 campers calling the festival campground their home away from home, Splendour in the Grass 2023 was a resounding success. New measures, like timed entry tickets, ensured smooth operations for everyone.
From the vibrant performances to the friendly atmosphere, Splendour in the Grass 2023 proved once again why it remains a beloved festival in the hearts of music lovers. Here’s to many more years of sunshine, high vibes, and unforgettable moments at this iconic event. Until next time, keep the spirit of Splendour alive!