Music and mud at Splendour in the Grass


THERE are two things always guaranteed at Byron Bay's Splendour in the Grass festival ? good music and mud.

So it came as no surprise to the scores of Clarence Valley punters at this year's festival when puddles of mud took shape on Saturday, but it did not stop them shakin' their booties -? albeit in a somewhat squelchy fashion.

Festival highlights for each music lover were different, but Daily Examiner picks included Aussie hiphop act Downsyde, rockabilly punks from Melbourne The Living End and US rockers Queens of the Stoneage.

Cut Copy also managed a standout set.

Unsurprisingly Har Mar Superstar put on an interesting performance -? complete with sweaty partial nudity, kisses for the crowd and a happy birthday sing-a-long for his bass player.

Sunday was the dawning of a new day -? and slightly less mud as more woodchips were spread around the grounds.

Nine-piece funky hiphop act Kid Confucius blew the top off the mix-up tent, despite having the earliest slot of the day. Their infectious sounds had even the weariest punters kicking back their shoes and throwing their hands in the air.

Moby and Interpol were also highlights for the day, while Bloc Party put in a decent effort.

The Tipi Circle threw beats out all day, as performers in costumes teetered around on stilts.

Speaking of performers, the intriguing sight of festival goers' 'sinning buttocks' being whipped to innocence was an interesting addition to this year's enter- tainment.

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