Dressed for the occaision at Splendour.
Dressed for the occaision at Splendour.

Splendour in the mud

IT seemed the Splendour Gods had smiled upon Belongil Fields yesterday morning.

With barely a cloud in sight 17,000 festival revellers flocked to the site for what was the first of three music-filled days.

Then at approximately 2pm unexpected rain and hail demolished dreams of the perfect Splendour day.

Many were undeterred by the huge mud puddles and heavy downpour; some even dancing in the rain.

While many North Byron campers were reportedly searched by police on Thursday, sniffer dogs were on the gate by 11am.

With slush underfoot many punters wore gumboots; but as per usual fashion trumped practicality (cue animal jumpsuits).

Local acoustic guitarist James Lange was the first performer on the Busker's stage.

His soft acoustic melodies were a perfect festival opener.

But the title of "official first act" was left to Triple J Unearthed winners Kingswood who rocked the Supertop accompanied by Triple J's Lindsay "the Doctor" McDougall. They were followed by Perth four-piece Pond.

The Mix-Up tent was one big party from the get-go with Flume dropping some very danceable beats. Thankfully DZ Deathrays thrashy-punk set at the Supertop brought back the sunshine.

Let's hope its sticks around.

Highlights

TODAY

Lifeline GW McLennan Tent 12.30pm

The Cast Of Cheers Supertop 1.20pm

Friends Mix Up 3.45pm

Wil Does Parky forum with guests including Billy Corgan 4pm

Lana Del Rey GW McLennan Tent 8.30pm

TOMORROW

The Rubens GW McLennan Tent 1.20pm

Django Django Mix Up 3.15pm

Sunday Safari hosting Cocktail Bar all day from 11am with Rhys Bynon, Stretch, Tobes, And Oh!, Redmane, Easy P, Surecut Kids, Sampology, What So Not, Beni and Nina Las Vegas

Azealia Banks Mix Up 6pm

The Smashing Pumpkins Supertop 9.45pm



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