Party & Bullshit 5m

Brushing away the day one cobwebs, we descended on North Byron Parklands for the second round of Splendour 2018.

Half a litre of Gatorade? A greasy breakfast? A couple of cheeky drinks? All of the above? Getting over a hangover is certainly a delicate art, but when Splendour day two is calling, you’ve got to go for it any way you can – PS, liquid replenishment is 100% the key.

Kicking it off with the psychy grooves of sun-bleached locals The Babe Rainbow was all it took to get us back into dance mode as we grooved along and raised our first drinks at the Amphitheatre Stage. Treating us to plenty of newbies from their 2018 sophomore Double Rainbow, we got a real feel for why these guys are popping off right now.

Taking the long wander over to the Tiny Dancer stage we saw Sydney’s finest B Wise whip the audience into a sweaty frenzy before Gang Of Youths bought the whole festival to its knees with an incredibly powerful set that plucked at the heartstrings of even the most cynical attendee (I’m not crying, you’re crying).

Back home after a triumphant US tour, the lads from Ocean Alley showed us why they are gaining traction all over the globe right now, with a stellar set of trippy beach funk (that’s a thing right?). Setting the scene for indie heroes Franz Ferdinand, who reminded us why rock and roll will never die, or at least, not any time soon.

Lil Xan taking the hype levels into overdrive was a sight to be seen, as the Californian rapper gave us enough beat-heavy party tunes to last until Splendour 2020, attracting a raging sea of smartphone-waving punters.

Closing out the main stage, Vampire Weekend’s pop-rock was just what we needed, with classics like ‘A-Punk’ and ‘One (Blake’s Got A New Face)’ providing the perfect bookend to what was a long, banger-filled day. But seriously, anyone know where we can get our hands on a Gatorade ASAP?

Check out all the action from Splendour In The Grass day two, captured by our Canon 1DX Mark II, right here:

Words by Jack Bennett July 22, 2018
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