Highlights from Splendour in the Grass 2014

posted by Dan Murphy on July 28, 2014

Splendour in the Grass 2014 via the festival

Byron Bay, Australia -- Splendour in the Grass' 2014 installment has come and gone with major successes and minor controversy. Overall, festival organizers and artists delivered a solid event this year, so scroll down to see the highlights of Splendour in the Grass 2014 - from pranks gone wrong to unbelievable musical performances and more. 

Lily Allen's Fake Arrest Photo Sparks Investigation

Via The New Zealand Herald

Lily Allen made headlines this weekend when she posted a photo to her Instagram (which has since been removed) of the British pop singer being detained by Australian police simply with the caption "#uhoh." Apparently, she requested to be put in handcuffs as a joke, and the officers abided breaking strict police protocol. Authorities questioned Allen at Splendour in the Grass as part of an internal investigation. 

Lineup Changes Gallore

Foals via Music Feeds

The two weeks prior to Splendour in the Grass brought with them some serious last-minute lineup changes. Both Two Door Cinema Club and London Grammar dropped out due to health issues, with Foals and The Presets replacing each, respectively. This also led to Dallas Green's City and Colour scoring Saturday's headlining spot, delivering a slow-building set defying most festival headliner conventions. Foals alleviated pre-festival concerns by putting on an energy-fueled show with lots of crowdsurfing. 

Bender Crowned Triple J's Mayor of Splendour

via Triple J

The Australian radio station Triple J brought to the 2014 festival its "Mayor of Splendour:" Bender from Futurama. Watch him above dancing onstage with Ball Park Music or below crowdsurfing. He donned a regal cape and crown with his signature catchphrase "Kiss My Shiny Metal Ass" written on his chest. Speaking of backsides...

Splendour in the Grass Sign Is the Butt of a Joke


Some vandals who seemingly hadn't developed their senses of humor past middle school stole a few choice letters from the festival's main sign so it read, "PLENDOUR IN THE ASS." Apparently, the Scots in CHVRCHES got a huge kick out of it

Up-and-Coming Indie Acts Reign Supreme

Future Islands via Music Feeds

Two of the most talked-about sets coming out of Splendour in the Grass belonged to Sky Ferreira and Future Islands. The former blasted through the frustrated electropop of her first LP Night Time, My Time, while reviewers lauded Future Islands' frontman Samuel T. Herring for his playful, upbeat stage presence. 

Childish Gambino Takes Charge of the Mix Up Stage

via Triple J

Although a widespread rumor of Chance The Rapper appearing at Childish Gambino's set turned out to be nothing more than gossip, Mr. Glover still delivered the goods with a full live band and his usual stage-dominating swagger. Above, you'll find a rousing performance of his Because The Internet track "3005." 

Andre 3000 Went Surfing

Before their headlining Friday night slot, the boys in Outkast decided to live it up on Australia's Gold Coast. As you can see above, 3-Stacks stuck to the surfboard while Big Boi hopped on a jet-ski

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