Splendour in the Grass recap

I just got home from Splendour in the Grass!

… Like 9 days ago (Yes, I know I fail at blogging). But, to be fair, as soon as I returned I contracted a horrible flu.

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For those who don’t know, Splendour in the Grass is a Music and Arts festival that goes for a duration of 3 days in Byron Bay, NSW. This was this years lineup. Amazing, huh!?

I went with two of my biffs: G and S. We stayed in an apartment because we missed out on camping tickets. The weather was almost unbearably freezing at times so we were quietly thankful for that. Each day we caught the shuttle bus from town to the fields where the festival was held, making some short-term friends on the way.

My favorite acts of Day 1 were Kate Miller-Heidke, The Shins and Jack White. The quality of the music was superb but I longed to be tossed around in a mosh-pit and day 1 definitely did not deliver on that front. We had a pretty good spot for The Shins, smack-bam in the middle of the crowd but nobody was moving. And I have the lack of bruises to prove it. I looked around at the crowd and everyone was so mellow. Just casually swaying back and forth to this amazing band. The random wofts of marijuana probably explains that.
For a duration of about 15 minutes on day one, it was absolutely pissing down with rain. It was literally coming down in sheets. All traces of grass turned to mud and from then on in, the festival was referred to as: “Splendour in the Mud”.

My mates and I decided to get our pre-drinks on for day 2. This meant that we arrived at the festival late afternoon rather than midday. There were a few clouds in the sky, but overall the weather was fairly nice. Mud and puddles were still very evident. S nearly pulled a sickie due to over-inebriation. G and I found this quite hilarious.
We got mad spots for Jinja Safari and The Beautiful Girls. At the end of Jinja Safari’s set, the keyboardist jumped into the crowd. I got a nice grope of his hair.
S, G and I then decided to chill out and have lunch. Lunch and ciders. Festival food really is delicious.
After lunch we went our separate ways because I wanted to see 360 and nobody else did. So worth it though! He absolutely killed it. On the mosh front, 360 definitely delivered. At the beginning of his set I was about 7 meters away from the stage and by the end of it I was nearly at the front of the mosh pit. So good.
Day 2 came to a close with Bloc Party and late-night-kebabs (that’s not the name of a band, we actually got kebabs on our way back to the apartment).

ImageDay 3 was my favorite day. We arrived fairly inebriated (and managed to sneak in a goon sack in S’s hood). A stand-out band of the day for me were Ball Park Music. I had never heard their stuff before but as soon as the frontman emerged into the mosh-pit mid-song, I fell in love. S and G then went to see another act but I stayed put because one of my favorite band’s were about to play. Fun. were too amazing for words! they definitely live up to their name. Other highlights of the day include Missy Higgins, The Kooks and Electric Guest.

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Overall, despite the mud, rain and cold, Spendour in the Grass was a fantastic experience. I definitely got my moneys worth and would consider returning next year. I slept on the flight back and as soon as I got home I bought a bunch of albums and then went straight to bed. It feels as though I’m only kind of waking up now, 9 days later.

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Unfortunately my shoes did not survive the weekend.

Moral of the weekend is: If you jump in the mosh, I’m probably going to buy your album.

A Week in the Life of Me: Day 5- Sunday

I slept through most of the day again because I was up all night last night watching The Glee Project (awesome show by the way… so trashy and over-dramatic. It’s better than glee I reckon).

I’ve been playing guitar for a while so I had a bit of a solo jam in my bedroom this afternoon. I thought maybe I might try to sing and see what happens because YOLO… right? I whipped out le trusty MacBook Pro and recorded myself on photo booth. Turns out I can’t sing LOL.

I got my work roster for this week and I have a shift everyday. Not happy. Now I’m in a bad mood. Hmph. Short sentences reaffirm my dissatisfaction.

These are some of the reasons I dislike work:
-I’m not allowed to wear nail polish
-My uniform consists of tailored pants and a flared, three quarter length shirt (what is this… the 70s?)
-I have to wear my hair pinned back (I have bangs so pinning back my hair is difficult and unflattering)

Doing this “A Week in the Life of Me” thing has kind of induced a mild existential crisis. Usually, I don’t deeply consider the way I choose to live but now recounting my actions of each day I’m starting to question what exactly I’m doing with my life. Am I wasting time?

Looking back on the week so far (especially the past few days) I’ve not really done anything super productive. I feel like I need to write and create and learn more.

I’m contemplating going to New York City for a solo holiday next year. Maybe even for just a week or two. It’s a pipe dream of mine to obtain a social media internship while over there, but in the back of my head I know that an American company isn’t going to hire an Australian student (despite my charming accent and abilities to file things, enter data and hold multiple coffee cups)

Hmph.

So this is my Sunday.

A Week in the Life of me: Day 4- Saturday

Today I woke up at 1pm. Kinda embarrassing.

Bummed around the house for a couple hours, surfed the web, pumped some tunes etc.

Downloaded Missy Higgins new album… it’s quite wonderful.

Got dressed up and went to a friends gathering for her birthday. Was an early one for me on account of the cold weather and my lack of money.

That was my again, uneventful Saturday

What I’m listening to

In two or so months time I’ll be attending Splendor In The Grass Music Festival! woohoo!
Then, a few days after that… I’m going to Ed Sheeran! yipee!
Then, a few months after that… I’m going to Coldplay! huzzah!
Then, about a year after that… I’m going to One Direction! … not really though. (I wish I was… LOLJKS… I’m not kidding… I’m kidding about not kidding haha! … or am I?)

Anyways, without further a due, these are the albums I’m currently listening to.

360- Falling and Flying

If you haven’t heard of this dude, he’s an aussie rapper/ hip hop artist. Mmm… I know what you’re thinking. An Australian rapper? really!?. I get it, Australian rap is a contentious issue and maybe I’m biased but I just love authenticity of his voice. I love that you can feel his passion in his voice.
I’m super pumped to see him at SITG.
He’s weirdly attractive despite his neck+hand tattoos plus, behind his hardcore facade I reckon he’s a really gentle guy.
My favorite track is Killer. The song has a boss video clip to go with it, so check it out.

Fun. – Some Nights

It’s been wicked watching Fun. grow these past few years and getting the recognition they deserve. I feel in love with Nate Ruess back in the day he was the frontman for The Format. His voice is so quirky and adorably different that it makes me feel like jelly inside. This album is really… well… for lack of a better word… fun. It’s really lively and mostly upbeat- probably something I’d listen to at the gym.
My favorite track is It Gets Better. It’s a really happy tune that kind of encapsulates what these three legendary guys are about and everything that I love them for.

The Shins- Port of Morrow

The only way I can really describe this album or really any album by The Shins is… totally chillaxed. James Mercer is a god… His voice sounds like it has been refined by a rare, majestical audio filter (in a good way). I find that their albums are kind of hard to get into but gosh, once you are into them, their tracks don’t expire. I’ve been listening to Simple Song and Fall of 82′ on repeat.
The album makes me want to gracefully sway about and hectically head-bang simultaneously.
I would listen to these tracks on the train home from a long day or at my computer, whilst I mindlessly lurk the web.


Kate Miller-Heidke-  Nightflight

This album is very unlike anything I’d usually listen to. Each track is insanely chilling in it’s own way. I feel like when I’m listening to this album I can’t really be doing anything else- that her music requires my full attention which is a pretty amazing thing.
Each individual song tells a powerful story. I kid you not, a feature length film could be made out of any one of these songs.
Massive props to Kate Miller-Heidke on this quirky, intense new album.

Loves and Dislikes

Loves: Coffee, Pepsi Max, Peppermint Tea, Skins, True Blood (vampire fetish: guilty), Friends and other sitcoms in general, Comedians, Music of all genres, My iPhone, My MacBook Pro, Playing guitar, Too many films to name, New York City, YouTube, Photography, Art, The fact that I’m going to Splendor in the Grass Music and Art festival this year, Laughing, Being inside on a rainy day, Being outside on a hot day, Freudian slips, The smell of tequila, Hoodies, Polaroid pictures, Nachos, Bars, Being home alone, Being around people, Meeting new people, Ticking something off my bucket list, Late-Night television (not that kind you sick fuck! …eh, who am i kidding?) Traveling, Snail Mail, Theatre, The percussive-ness of the word ‘fuck’, Acknowledgement.

Dislikes: How messy I can be, When people use ‘ugly’ as an aesthetic property when describing a person, Hate in general, Douchebags, Hangovers, My stubby fingers, Getting cords stuck in the wheel of my office chair, The price of airline tickets, The words “sold out”, Getting my hair stuck in someone else’s button, Ignorant/ close-minded people, Warm toilet seats, Wet hands, When you try to cut a sandwich in half and the filling comes out, Low battery.