Robert Smith at the Splendour in the Grass Amphitheatre stage during The Cure's show.
Robert Smith at the Splendour in the Grass Amphitheatre stage during The Cure's show. Claudia Ciapocha

Splendour found The Cure

DAY two of Splendour in the Grass was a day of firsts: first gigs by acts such as locals Ngaiire and PLTS, and the first ever show by 1980s icon The Cure in the Northern Rivers.

The Cure are an English rock band formed in 1976, and in 40 years they have such a body of work that they offered a three-hour show that left everyone satisfied.

The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

And Smith was the face, voice and soul of The Cure's Splendour gig.

Plainsong, one of their hits, was the starting point of the show, with Smith only giving the crowd a short 'hello' before launching into six more songs without offering any more conversation to the fans.

By song number seven, Friday I'm in Love, the singalong of the chorus was heard across North Byron Parklands.

Local acts

Two local acts made their Spendour debut yesterday: Former Lismore resident Ngaiire and Byron Bay band PLTS.

PLTS' Eli Ayo said the band was very happy to have been selected as the Triple J Unearthed Byron Bay representative for this year.

"We have never played in a stage that big before, so we had a lot of practice and I think we did Byron Bay proud," Ayo said.

PLTS' set started at noon, the time the gates were open for punters to access the Ampitheatre for the day, but the crowds answered the band's call and gathered around the stage to hear their music.

Kit Bray, vocalist and lead guitarist of Byron Bay band PLTS during their Splendour in the Grass 2016 show.
Kit Bray, vocalist and lead guitarist of Byron Bay band PLTS during their Splendour in the Grass 2016 show. Bianca Holderness

Around the same time, just after noon, Ngaiire open up proceedings at the Mix Up Stage.

The former Trinity College student and Lismore resident wore a spectacular bespoke gold and black outfit featuring dragon shoulder pads designed by Melanie Knight and a matching headpiece made with golden palm fronds by Jessie Carrey.

Ngaiire launched her second album, Blastoma, recently, and yesterday's show was her first ever solo show at Splendour.

The singer confirmed she's preparing to start working on her next release, and was happy to be performing again in the Northern Rivers.

"I miss Lismore. The last time I went back it was five or six years ago," she said.

"Lismore people are always great supporters of what I do, and I'm so privileged that they still consider me one of their own.

"I still have friends that live up there, and many artists don't ever talk about their high school years, but Lismore really created a great foundation for me to grow as an artist."

The Papua New Guinea-born singer lived in Lismore between 2000 and 2003.

Former Lismore resident Ngaiire during her show at Splendour in the Grass 2016.
Former Lismore resident Ngaiire during her show at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Mitch Lowe

A First for Guy

Former Australian Idol winner and Aussie favourite Guy Sebastian was greeted with thunderous applause from fans when he took to the stage with electronic act Paces, aka Mikey Perry, at Splendour yesterday.

Fans went crazy for Paces' uptempo brand of electronica.

Mikey Perry, aka Paces, in the background, during his Splendour in the Grass 2016 show, on stage with singer Guy Sebastian.
Mikey Perry, aka Paces, in the background, during his Splendour in the Grass 2016 show, on stage with singer Guy Sebastian. Justin Ma

Paces welcomed Sebastian on stage as the 2003 Idol winner recreated his Like A Version performance of Keeping Score, which was a surprise hit for Triple J in May.

Sebastian's extensive vocal range was on show in the guest performance that got a packed Tiny Dancer tent jumping.

Sticky Fingers' frontman Dylan Frost at Splendour in the Grass 2016.
Sticky Fingers' frontman Dylan Frost at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Stephen Booth

Other bands that offered fantastic shows yesterday were Sydney's Sticky Fingers and American post-hardcore band At The Drive-In.

 

At The Drive In front man Cedric Bixler-Zavala up in the air during their Splendour in the Grass 2016 show.
At The Drive In front man Cedric Bixler-Zavala up in the air during their Splendour in the Grass 2016 show. Stephen Booth

 

Free buses

Splendour punters traveling to and from the festival via public transport got a ride home for free last night.

In an effort to apologise to ticketholders for three-hour queues last night, which forced some to walk home along the highway, organisers released a statement yesterday about the special offer.

"Your ride home on our buses are on us as an apology for last night's slow departures. If you have existing bus tickets for tonight, receive a refund from the bus ticket or drink ticket windows," they wrote on social media.

Sunday Highlights

The last day of the festival is the day to dance, so ensure you have recovered from Saturday's antics.

  • Dr Karl, Great Moments in Science - The Forum - 12 pm
  • Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Amphitheatre - 2pm
  • The 4'20' Sound - Tipi Forest - 2pm
  • Q&A with Tony Jones - The Forum - 2.30pm
  • Remi - Tiny Dancer Stage - 5pm
  • Courtney Barnett - Amphitheatre - 6.15pm
  • Boy and Bear - Amphitheatre - 7.45pm
  • James Blake - Amphitheatre - 9.15pm
  • Flume - Amphitheatre - 10.45pm
  • Indian Summer - Smirnoff Bar - 12am