Splendour. Oh, dear wonderful, life altering Splendour.
You were the best thing I’ve done all winter, and I definitely do not regret spending so much money on you.
I pretty much loved every single second of my weekend away, despite the grumpy mood I was in when I went to bed for the first night in our tent on Thursday. We got off to a rocky start, but that was just character building for the amazing experience to come.
There were so many amazing moments - when I cried during Death Cab For Cutie playing Transatlanticism, because I didn’t think they’d play it and it’s one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. And seeing it live was amazing. Or when I saw Jenny Lewis and she was just the coolest person ever (and she played Portions For Foxes from her Rilo Kiley days). Or Florence and the Machine just being a heavenly angel as she got everyone to hug and kiss each other before dancing like a madwoman; her voice never wavering.
Dancing in the rain and mud to an electric set by Mark Ronson.
Befriending everyone, from security guards to baristas to guys so fucked on drugs they couldnt get up off the hill they were lying on. Meeting people from all over.
Or even the more chilled moments. Watching Vallis Alps play while I sat atop a hay bale with some friends I met only for that set. Or Xavier Rudd’s spectacular didgeridoo solo which had the dreadlocked hippies going wild.
Dancing in the dark for No Lights, No Lycra after finally smoking the joint we’d craved all weekend, and really going all out.
Being asked for a threesome by a chilled out but kind of creepy Byron Bay local.
Mud Valley, as we called it, where my friend pretty sunk her whole foot into the mud and had to be pulled out.
Even the end was amazing. On Monday, after the fesitval wrapped up we were some of the last people to leave, so we just napped and chilled out all day, while taking our time to pack our things up. And then we had a little explore of the remains of the campsites (and helped the clean up team because people left disgusting amounts of rubbish everywhere).