This is a personal account of my experience at Splendour in the Grass, a music festival in Byron Bay, Australia.
It’s been over a month since the festival rocked my foundations and gave my soul a musical awakening. Now is as good a time as any to diarise the events.
I went toSplendourwith my work bumchumKC. It’s fair enough to say that he is not as big a music groupie asI am, but he is big on trying new things and exploring Byron — and that’s the kind of spirit that makes for a great partner on a weekend like this.
I was a little bit apprehensive about giving the new Red Hot Chili Peppers a spin; after their last effort, which was a lemon overall in this fan’s mind, I really crossed them off as over-the-hill and fading.
I’m happy to say that I was wrong! There is a LOT more music left in the Chili’s and perhaps the biggest factor is Josh who has finally stepped out of John’s monster shadow to play his own brand of bluesy-rock-funk on guitar. He absolutely owns Sick Love and drives the song from beginning to end – pounding it through dizzying heights with his stunning solo in the end. He leaves a haunting trail across The Hunter, an incredibly atmospheric ballad with rich textures, and plays touching melodies over the funky Flea bass in The Getaway (the impressive opener and the album namesake).
The 3-minute power pop explosion of Bloods has arrived.
From the opening track of No Fun, to the closing Nothin’ But Time, Bloods threw down song-after-song of fuzzy pop anthems, that had the crowd singing, chanting and dancing to their super catchy ditties. The Ramones and The Strokes would be so proud.
MC, Sweetie and Dirk were simply on fire.
And I can go on with the superlatives, but I’d rather push the message out now: Listen out for this GREAT band.
Watch out for some sleeper tracks likeBodies,PenelopeandLanguage.Make no mistake, these guys are the REAL DEAL and those tunes had the front row singing along.
Big shout out to Taylor Swift for appreciating Vance Joy’s Riptide. It’s always good to see international artists appreciate our locals:
I stumbled upon her performance here (and it includes the original Vance Joy version).
Thanks once again Taylor— and that was one ‘sweet as’ cover!
I was listening to Spotify when an interlude came around advertising Spotify Play— a great idea to share music in your blog —err sure, I’ll give it a go. I obliged and was taken tothis link. Now I approach these ‘include in your blog‘ resources with trepidation due to some challenges I have had in the past with similar add-ons/widgets. But I was wrong and pleasantly surprised. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Find a song / band / playlist.
You can either select a song, band or playlist from your Spotify app. Click + Control on your Mac or Right click your mouse and Copy Spotify URI.