Crowd shots at Splendour in the Grass 2017.
Crowd shots at Splendour in the Grass 2017. Marc Stapelberg

DAY 1 WRAP: Fashions leave little to the imagination

SUNNY weather in the Byron Shire turned into a sweltering first day of raunchy fashion and music fun at Splendour in the Grass 2017.

The temperature only went up to 17 degrees, but the sun propped many young male and female festival goers to reveal a lot around the music stages.

For female punters, the new trend of wearing see-through tops with gaffer tape over nipples extended from a couple of daredevils last year to big numbers in 2017.

North Byron Parklands has today seen many see-through tops, even some girls with no top at all, but golden star covering their nipples and a denim jacket on top.

See through leotards, dresses, pants, pantsuits and onesies have also made an appearance at the festival, all in white, black, gold or silver.

 

Gillian Dunn, Emma Hayman, Laura Pasquetti, of Canberra, at Splendour in the Grass.
Gillian Dunn, Emma Hayman, Laura Pasquetti, of Canberra, at Splendour in the Grass. Marc Stapelberg

For the young men at the festival, the choices a simpler: tank tops, open shirts, or no tops at all, but with one condition: body paint is the new trend for the boys.

One things is for sure, felt hats are not the hottest trendy fashion any more, and the band on backpacks also meant many people wearing fashionable jackets and colourful jumpers, with 1980s motifs.

 

PJ Cartwright, of Sydney at Splendour in the Grass 2017.
PJ Cartwright, of Sydney at Splendour in the Grass 2017. Marc Stapelberg

 

The Music

After Lennox Head band WHARVES (formed by SCU and SAE graduates) kicked off music proceeding in style, the stages started to come alive at the festival.

Three acts became the most memorable of the first day: Tash Sultana, Peking Duk and The xx.

Tash Sultana: This Australian musician, singer-songwriter and looping artist from Melbourne truly is a one-woman band who brings new meaning to the concept of multi-tasking".

Her show was, as usual, mesmerising; such is the devotion, passion and skill showed by the artist on stage.

Tash Sultana plays the main stage at Splendour in the Grass 2017.
Tash Sultana plays the main stage at Splendour in the Grass 2017. Marc Stapelberg

She is best known for her 2016 single Jungle, voted third in the 2016 Triple J Hottest 100.

In 2016, Sultana shared a video of herself performing on social media that garnered one million views within five days.

In the same year, she won the J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year and had two of her tracks voted into the Triple J Hottest 100, 2016: Jungle (No. 3) and Notion (No. 32).

Both are singles from her EP Notion.

Peking Duk: Although the Sydney duo only joined the Splendour line up after George Ezra cancelled,  this was probably one of the best sets of the first day of the festival.

Playing for the first time as a band and as DJs, the stage (and the night) belonged to Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, with multiple guest appearances by fellow artists Dan Sultan, Ben Safia, Aluna Geoge (pictured on stage below) and Vera Blue, to name a few.

Peking Duk at Splendour in the Grass 2017.
Peking Duk at Splendour in the Grass 2017. Marc Stapelberg

The confetti, bubbles, CO2 smoke and strainers felt like a New Year's in July sort of celebration, because everyone was dancing at the amphitheatre.

Peking Duk performed, among all their recent hits, a new remix of Lorde songs and their fist ever show as an acoustic band.

Peking Duk performs at main stage Splendour In the Grass 2017 with guests.
Peking Duk performs at main stage Splendour In the Grass 2017 with guests. Marc Stapelberg

Comedy: At The Forum, the inclusion of the Umbilical Brothers was a surprising addition to the non-music line up.

The duo, formed by Shane Dundas and David Collins, really put audiences at ease with their physical style of comedy.

Saturday

Acts not to be missed today are:

  • Bernard Fanning: At the Amphitehatre from 4.45pm.
  • Dope Lemon: At GW McLennan at 5.30pm.
  • Future Islands: At the Amphitheatre from 6.15pm.
  • Dan Sultan: At GW McLennan from 7pm.
  • Paul Kelly: At G W McLennan from 10pm.
  • Queens of the Stone Age: At the Amphitheatre from 10.45pm.
Peking Duk at Splendour in the Grass 2017.
Peking Duk at Splendour in the Grass 2017. Marc Stapelberg