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Splendour Day Three: SmashingPumpkins, Gossip, AzealiaBanks and more

According to Billy Corgan “A festival can be, and should be, a celebration of a communal moment" and the final day of Splendour in the Grass for 2012 featured plenty of those memorable moments that brought the crowd together as one. Even if that moment was very brief… we're looking at you Azealia.

Photos by Leah Robertson and Elleni Toumpas.
Words by Sarah Smith, Tom Mann and Melanie Mahony.
Additional information by, Jade Davis, Jake Newell and Max Gent.


The Rubens, GW McLennan

The Moment: With a very relaxed stage presence for such a young band, The Rubens inspire some chorus howling from the swaying punters for the big one-two closer of It’s You and Don’t Ever Want To Be Found.

The Crowd: Committed for the time slot. Loosely packed but right to the back of the tent and spilling out. Pretty mellow but super attentive.

The Banter: Stunned and slightly overwhelmed: “We’re the Rubens and this fucking amazing. Like really fucking overwhelming, I must say. It’s not something you ever think you’ll be doing in your life. Thanks for coming… We’re the luckiest dudes”

The Vibe: Slow burn.

Django Django, The Mix Up

The Moment: Default provides a mid-set stompathon in a set that’s driven by kick-drum and constant tambourine work that gives a performance a really loose, jangly feel. Or should that be a djangly feel? Boom-tish!

Crowd: With the only space on the fringes of the tent there’s plenty of dorky dancing as the air raid siren rings out to begin set closer WOR.

The Banter: Scottish. And slightly puzzled: “So, this is your Winter? This is like our summer and the British used to send prisoners here! Doesn’t make sense, does it?”

The Vibe: Djamboree.

Father John Misty, GW McLennan

The Moment: Set opener Fun Times set the scene for J Tillman’s charismatically stoned performance.

The Crowd: Wonder if any punters were inspired by the bass player’s galaxy print tights to make a brave fashion choice of their own?

The Banter: “It took me one gold cart ride with a hot local girl to want to move here. [crowd cheers]… oh shut up!”

The Vibe: Intimate.

Metric, The Super Top

The Moment: When the PA cuts out half way through the set the band is forced to leave the stage but then returns to power through the rest of the show. There’s no truth to the rumour that the power outage was caused by the disco hot pants on stage.

The Crowd: The Super Top’s packed out, with drunken dancers filling the back section. The festival’s entering its final hours and everyone wants to get as much out of it as they can.

The Vibe: Electric.

Fun, The Super Top

Opened With: One Foot.

The Banter: fun. leader Nate Ruess is all about emphatic gesticulation and exaggerated facial expression. With the pep-rally enthusiasm that only a hyped crew of Americans can bring he motivates the masses with praise: “I swear to fucking god I love Australia… Let’s fucking raise the dead here!”

The Moment: Inevitably the key moment came during the band’s anthem We are Young with the entire crowd in the busy Super Top signing up for Glee club to belt out the chorus: “Tonight we are yooooooooooung!”

The Crowd: Yooooooooooung. Young enough to date Billy Corgan.

Vibe: Bombastic.

Wolfmother, The Super Top

The Moment: With a double necked guitar slung across his chest Andrew Stockdale sets to work on a triumphant White Unicorn that breaks down into a cover of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall before circling back. It’s just one highlight in a set of flailing guitars and hair that delivers right up until the closing notes of the suitably epic Joker and The Thief.

The Crowd: Bromantic. Dudes on dudes shoulders bellowing out the words to Woman.

The Banter: “Are you feeling loose tonight? Have you conquered the mud? Are you at one with the elements?”. Crowd answers: Yes, yes and yes.

The Vibe: Fraggle Rock.

The Kooks, The Super Top

Opens with: A Change is Going To Come by Sam Cooke welcomes the Kooks to stage with guitarist Hugh Harris stealing the limelight in his hot pink suit while singer Luke Pritchard opts for a less attention grabbing black ensemble. The first song of the set?
Seaside.

The Anti-Moment: On the closing night of the festival a few idiotic punters have summoned the courage to scale the Big Top’s poles for a better vantage point. With the climbers venturing dangerously high singer Luke Pritchard asks “Yo, what’s the weather like up there?” before security moves in to stop the set. Boos, hisses and empty beer cans fill the air as the climbers are forced back to earth.

The Moment: After a disjointed set marred by security issues, unfamiliar songs and too many tracks with similar tempos the last pair of songs – I Wanna Make You Happy and Naïve – revive the festival mood with an enthusiastic sing-along from the girls who have climbed (safely) onto their boyfriends sholders.

The Vibe: Jovial.

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01seb

01seb said on the 30th Jul, 2012

Just to let you know, Metric opened with 'Artificial Nocturne', they didn't even play 'Speed the Collapse' at all.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 30th Jul, 2012



I had a very Area-7 moment during fun. - that was my first exposure to them, and they were great, but the irony of a 30 year old screaming "WE ARE YOUNG!" with a crowd of 15-19 year olds screaming it back at him...

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 30th Jul, 2012



...HOW? Have you spent this entire year sticking your finger in your ears and going "la la la" until someone mentioned SFK?

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 30th Jul, 2012

I spent my entire year not listening to the radio. Unless someone recommends it to me, or it's related to the bands I listen to, I won't know about it. I half-recognized that We Are Young song, but didn't know it was them til I saw them.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 30th Jul, 2012

That is one firmly sand-buried head, sir.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 30th Jul, 2012

Oh noes, I'm not listening to stuff that everyone else is listening to! And yet, somehow my life remains on course.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 30th Jul, 2012

I don't think I've buried my head in the sand and I've never heard a song by Fun.

batdan

batdan said on the 30th Jul, 2012

Yeah, I've never heard of Fun either. But I am old.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 30th Jul, 2012

You might not have heard of Fun. ('cuz it's a fucking stupid name) but you would have heard the song.

batdan

batdan said on the 30th Jul, 2012

can you hum it to me?

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 30th Jul, 2012

doo doo da doo da doo DOO DOO DOO doo doo doo de doo de doo doo DOO DOO DOO DOO DOOOOOOOOOOO.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 30th Jul, 2012



I didn't say you had to like it. But to have more than a passing interest in music and to have never heard We Are Young (or Call Me Maybe, STIUTK or whatever) at this point in 2012 is just bizarre to me.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 31st Jul, 2012

Well, that and the fact that Call Me Maybe is awesome.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 31st Jul, 2012

So are the other two songs I mentioned!

liquidtopaz3

liquidtopaz3 said on the 31st Jul, 2012

I hated We Are Young at the start of the year due to working in an office/warehouse area where every 5th song on the radio was it, but gave their albums a listen when I got Splendour tickets and I grew to love them. Some Nights is a great song (amongst many others) and they were one of my highlights at Splendour.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 31st Jul, 2012

I've seen the Jimmy Fallon version of Call Me Maybe, does that count?

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 31st Jul, 2012

I dont know who Fun are. Im 22.

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 31st Jul, 2012

coming from the man campaigning against dad jokes...

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 31st Jul, 2012

I seriously always assumed you were in your forties.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 31st Jul, 2012

I have heard of The Format. Wish I never heard fun.

shazie

shazie said on the 31st Jul, 2012



First time I listened to them was after you mentioned them on the forums.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 31st Jul, 2012

Somebody That I Used to Know.

jacegalvin

jacegalvin said on the 31st Jul, 2012

Decided to go to Fun. instead of Yuksek, so I could get a good place for Pumpkins.
Man I really disliked them.
He was a great performer, and it would have been awesome for someone who likes them.

But it was like watching a 50 minute long Glee episode.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 31st Jul, 2012

Well, you wanted to see the Smashing Pumpkins. So taking what you say with a very large grain of salt.

jacegalvin

jacegalvin said on the 31st Jul, 2012

Pumpkins were great at Splendour.
Billy kept his douchebaggery to a minimum, Nicole looked banging, the setlist was good and they covered Bowie.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 31st Jul, 2012

MAB wouldn't be such a hater if Billy had more hair, particularly more facial hair.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 31st Jul, 2012

Pumpkins were great at Splendour.
Billy kept his douchebaggery to a minimum, Nicole looked banging, the setlist was good and they covered Bowie.

Yep, that's definitely a selling point for live performances for me, too.
I'm also fourteen.

sarahanne

sarahanne said on the 31st Jul, 2012

Decided to go to Fun. instead of Yuksek, so I could get a good place for Pumpkins.
Man I really disliked them.
He was a great performer, and it would have been awesome for someone who likes them.

But it was like watching a 50 minute long Glee episode.

Agree. And pumpkins were surprisingly awesome.

BennyBoop

BennyBoop said on the 1st Aug, 2012

man big moistake missing yuksek he was awesome! perfect early evening time slot,tonight went off the richter!
had a sweeeet spot in the mosh for smashing pumpkins, cherub rock..what an anthem!! :)