Splendour 2012 Day 3 Wrap Up: we talked to Last Dinosaurs, Missy Higgins & Django Django. more here.
Splendour 2012 Day 2 Wrap Up: we talked to Miike Snow, Ball Park Music & Tame Impala. more here.
I tell ya what, Friday was all over the shop. It was so hot, like a sunrise, and we thought we were on easy street but that was all about to change... more on that later.
We started the day pretty early and were pleasantly surprised when we found out one of the girls in the team could cook so while we'd set up our outside office, we had a bit of brekkie. This is the first and last time i'll brag about our house ok
Seriously, I don't know what was better, the view or the poached eggs. Anyway, we started getting ready for the days interviews because we pretty much had to hit the ground running. We had Pond, Ben Howard, Bertie Blackman and Gypsy and the Cat coming in.
Now over the course of the weekend, Ella Hooper and Reegan will be mixing up the interviews and Ella kicked it off with the boys from Pond. Here's how it looked from the deck
Have a listen to the interview here
Then without delay, Ben Howard turned up and for someone that is pretty much unknown in this country, we discussed the scene at the moment in the UK and how Mumford and Sons opened the doors to the acoustic scene there. We also talk about how his shows are going with Michael Kiwanuka
Here's Reegan and Ben just after the interview
So needless to say, we were all having mad lols until we saw this
And if you remember from a photo earlier, our set was on the lawn and it turns out all that camera stuff is expensive. So the boffins here at team Radar studied the storm cell, pulled out every app they could on their phone to see if it was going to hit and mostly because Bertie Blackman was on her way, it was gonna be a tight one.
It turns out, as soon as we started the interview, the heavens opened up
Then this happened
So we moved the interview to our makeshift deck that we'd scrambled to get set up.
Luckily, Bertie was a sport and we restarted the interview. Have a listen to Bertie talking about her new album, who she wants to see at Splendour and talking at the festival
Then came the time for Reegan to get uber excited because his old friends Gypsy & the Cat were coming in.
Xavier and Lionel have been coming in the studio for years now and obviously it's been quite a while since the boys have released a new song but luckily, we've got a new single and a new album on the way BUT the boys were a bit vague with the deets. Have a listen
Here's the boys chilling on the day bed
So now the interviews were done, we could get in the festival.
All I can say is wow. I don't think I have ever seen so much mud. Not like a patch here and there, it was proper mud everywhere, shoes were immediately ruined, pants had splash marks on them and it was slippery than a crocodile mile but you know what, not even that could stop us (just slowed it down because we had to walk like Forrest Gump when he first got those stirrups on his legs)
Because we pretty much did interviews all day, we didn't get to see all that many bands... but what we did see blew our respective minds. Alls I can say is, The Shins - New Slang - wow. I checked a few times to see if Reegan was dropping a tear of joy. He said he had mud in his eye.
But the headliner Jack White did really steal the show. It wasn't until one of our crew reefed me through the crowd to a better viewing point that I said,
"Wow he's got the chick band with him, I thought it was all dudes from back there,"
"...uh yeah Zoe, they changed over mid set."
"Ahhhhh just checking, as you were"
Finishing up with a explosive rendition of 'Seven Nation Army' had punters accidentally kicking mud on each other in a crazed jumping spree, and no one cared. My life is complete.
Here's the first 30 seconds of his set...