Big Boi and Andre 300 of Outkast perform at Splendour in the Grass.
Big Boi and Andre 300 of Outkast perform at Splendour in the Grass. Mireille Merlet

Hey Ya! Outkast lights up first night of Splendour

OUTKAST was in killer form as the opening Splendour in the Grass headliners last night.

The US duo burst on to the stage with the frantic BOB (Bombs Over Bagdad) and kept up the intensity throughout their entire 100-minute set.

The Atlanta rappers were a personal highlight for me, having seen them 16 years ago at the tender age of 15 when they were the support act for Lauryn Hill on her headline US tour.

Rosa Parks was their hit song at the time, and that "back of the bus" chorus is still as catchy as it was then.

Alex Saba waited hours to get a good spot for Outkast.
Alex Saba waited hours to get a good spot for Outkast. Mireille Merlet

Andre 3000 danced around the stage as if keeping still was a crime in a black jumpsuit with the phrase "thinking deeply about shallow sh#T", white sunnies and a white wig.

Big Boi was in his signature Atlanta Braves baseball hat, a nod to their hometown also known as "A-town" and "ATL".

Their highly anticipated set was almost too much for some, with a dozen fans at the front of the crowd having to be taken out over the barriers by security staff during the first two songs.

The six-time Grammy winners didn't disappoint, playing all of their hits including Ms Jackson, Hey Ya and So Fresh, So Clean.

The might have been last-minute rings in for London Grammar, but The Presets provided a pumping party track earlier in the evening at the Amphitheatre.

Julian Hamilton of The Presets.
Julian Hamilton of The Presets. Mireille Merlet

Aussie rockers Spiderbait invited their mate Dan Sultan up for some dueling electric guitar work before closing their set with favourite Black Betty.

Drummer and lead singer Kram (Mark Maher) also brought his four-year-old daughter out on stage to introduce to the crowd, calling her "the future of rock 'n' roll".

Today's line-up includes Future Islands, The Jezabels, Metronomy, Foals, Rufus, recent APRA Award winner Vance Joy and City and Colour.



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