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Empire of the Sun lights up Splendour's Saturday night

Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun.
Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun. Patrick Gorbunovs

"PULLING a Frank Ocean" is the newest catch phrase to come out of Splendour in the Grass.

Aussie rapper Drapht coined the phrase during his high-energy set last night.

"We almost pulled a Frank Ocean on you, but we're not going to do that tonight," he said after he had to wait for a new track to start.

The packed crowd at the Mix-Up Tent made their feelings known about Frank Ocean's last-minute cancellation of his Splendour show.

When Drapht asked them what they thought, the punters booed and soon started chanting "(expletive) Frank Ocean".

Empire of the Sun's Luke Steele received a much warmer welcome.

Flanked by four dancers in skin-tight blue outfits with metallic helmets, Steele, himself wearing a spiked metal headdress, played songs from the band's hit debut album Walking on a Dream and their sophomore release Ice on the Dune.

New York's The National brought the Supertop to a beautiful if melancholic close, playing songs from their new album Trouble Will Find Me.

"We've never been here before, this is an awesome, amazing, beautiful place," front man Matt Berninger said.

Domestic favourites Something for Kate and Birds of Tokyo rocked the Supertop earlier in the evening.

Something For Kate's set featured a cover of Calvin Harris and Florence Welch's Sweet Nothing, with front man Paul Dempsey showing off an impressive falsetto.

California's Cold War Kids, also at the Supertop, played songs from their new album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, plus fan favourites Hang Me Out To Dry and Hospital Beds.

Birds of Tokyo aimed to ease the pain of Frank Ocean fans by covering his hit song Lost.

Today's final festival day line-up includes the new addition Lorde, Alpine, Gurrumul, The Drones, Passion Pit, James Blake, The Presets and new Supertop closers Of Monsters and Men.

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