Splendour In The Grass 2015


Photography by Maclay Heriot

Today, 27,500 pairs of feet find themselves dry for the first time in four days. Byron Bay’s Splendour in the Grass transformed from idyllic green paddock to problematic brown pig-pen this weekend as the rain gods unleashed their fury on the northern coast on New South Wales.

But it wasn’t all dirty, naked boar-men. Nor did the weather hinder all the fun. There were simply too many good bands and too many vodka-redbulls standing in the cranky clouds’ way. For three unwavering days of tumultuous weather, hoards of men, women and children basked in the glorious sound of music being sung, stomped and strung by the likes of Johnny Marr, Royal Blood, The Vaccines, The Dandy Warhols, Tame Impala, Dune Rats, Pond, and many, many more. From our 3 x 3m tent, we had the chance to ask some of our favourite music makers a couple of V important questions, including who they’d choose as god parents and what lives under their bed. Results below.

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Johnny Marr

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Jenny Lewis

Worst stage injury?

Hat Hair

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Nile Rodgers & Iggy Pop

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

The Saints are coming by The Skids

What’s under your bed?

 The Smiths

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Porter Robinson

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Purity Ring

Worst stage injury?

Falling off side of stage 🙁

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Guy Manuel & Thomas

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Everyone in the van freestyling

What’s under your bed?

Futon!!

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MSMR

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Mark Ronson

Worst stage injury?

Bloody Bruised Knees

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Björk and Robyn

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Kiiara – Gold

What’s under your bed?

 Shoes and a kitten!

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Delta Riggs

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Pink Floyd…. I mean POND

Worst stage injury?

Swallowed my tooth, it tasted like peed on sand. Sandy Pee.

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

David Copperfield & Houdini

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Sugah Daddy – DJ Angelo

What’s under your bed?

I don’t have a bed, I don’t have a Room.

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San Cisco

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

N/A

Worst stage injury?

Falling off a drum riser

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Dolly Parton and Kanye West or Jay Z and Bey

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Abrasive – Ratatat

What’s under your bed?

Lube

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Last Dinosaurs

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Johnny Marr

Worst stage injury?

Severe Scrott Rotte (Crotch Rash Extreme)

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Julian Casablancas and Kevin Parker

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Law & Order Theme song

What’s under your bed?

100’s and 100’s of used tissues…

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Oh! Mercy

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

I like the band Tame Impala, I would like to play the bass guitar.

Worst stage injury?

Hung myself with my lead today. Farewell cruel world.

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

What is a god parent?

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Love Goes On. The Go-Betweens

What’s under your bed?

The Floor

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C.W Stoneking

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

King Khan

Worst stage injury?

Alcoholism – but not anymore

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Johnny Cash and Kate Bush

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Split Enz on the car radio

What’s under your bed?

A Rug

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The Districts

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Tame Impala!

Worst stage injury?

I fell off the stage at Leeds Festival last year and busted up my eye and hand quite badly.

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Leonard Cohen and Etta James

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Connor: A place to bury strangers – I’m So clean

Braden – Wilco- Magnetized

Rob: Not to Choose Sides – Sneaky Feelings

Pat: Loch Raven – Animal Collective

What’s under your bed?

Old speakers, books, dirty clothes

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If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Tame Impala!

Worst stage injury?

Nasty Scars

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Kim Gordon and Nick Cave

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Just an “up” song

What’s under your bed?

Monsters From Hell!

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Ben – Royal Blood

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Circa Waves for the Spice Girls

Worst stage injury?

Sound guy lost a ball.

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Dolly Parton and Ryan Adams

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Bad Boys

What’s under your bed?

Mike (From Royal Blood)

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The Vaccines

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

I don’t wanna be in any other band…

Worst stage injury?

Broken Legs and Arm

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Sonny and Cher

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Joubert Singers – Stand on the world

What’s under your bed?

Snakes.

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BAD DREEMS

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

The Church. Kilbey would love me.

Worst stage injury?

Arrogance. I get a big head.

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Bob Dylan, Tom Petty… They’d tell me to get the fuck out of the green room.

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Evie Parts 1,2 and 3.

What’s under your bed?

Cum tissues and old posters

 

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MEG MAC

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

I would sub as Jarryd James backing singer

Worst stage injury?

Microphones in teeth

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Same Cooke and Edith Piaf

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

This is so bad, but it was my own song! I had to listen to the final master today.

What’s under your bed?

Space bags full of things I keep for no reason

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HOLY HOLY

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

I would have been playing in Ryan Adams band last night

Worst stage injury?

I fell off a stage once, I fell onto a punter and I think she was injured more than me.

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Tom Petty and Emmy Lou Harris

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

The twinkling of my wee hitting the toilet bowl

What’s under your bed?

DUST

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The Dandy Warhols

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Spiritualized

Worst stage injury?

16oz beer can to the face, full of beer. 11 stitches in my foot from a windshield wiper.

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

George Harrison and Debbie Harry

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Tame – Let It Happen

What’s under your bed?

Dirty Dishes

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The Wombats

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Florence and the Machine – Guitar for ‘What Kind Of Man’

Worst stage injury?

Kansas City, Missouri. Jumped on a large balloon, it didn’t burst! Winded myself from behind landing flat on my back

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Jimi Hendrix and Dave Grohl

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

The sound of my own wailing (warm up) but occasionally RATM (Anything)

What’s under your bed?

Cuddly Toys from Youth

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POND

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Earl Sweatshirt or King Khan and BBQ

Worst stage injury?

Nick swinging his mic by it’s cable and hit his dick.

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Neil Finn / Betty Davis

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

In Love with the Coco

What’s under your bed?

Dune Rats

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Art of Sleeping

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Sing the ‘woo-hoo’ part of Song 2 for Blur. Year Complete.

Worst stage injury?

Jean-Paul had to go to hospital in Canberra because he was getting heart palpitations

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

The Grates- hoping for southside tea room coffee every morning

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Barry White

What’s under your bed?

Dust, Dried Goji berries, bayonet.

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DUNE RATS

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

SKEGGS because they are healthy (Fat) cunts.

Worst stage injury?

Brett’s face gash

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Courtney from Dandy’s because he’s nice and myself because I’m a fuckwit

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Wokka Flocka

What’s under your bed?

Heaps of porno’s from the 70’s, Good housekeeping, PS Dad’s pissed, a dog with 2 dicks.

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The Rubens 

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Tame Impala

Worst stage injury?

Zaac dropped his pick, played too hard and bled on his guitar

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Keith Richards and Amy Winehouse

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

General Patton – Big Boi

What’s under your bed?

Flight cases, CD’s.

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The Babe Rainbow

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

The Dandy’s – obviously

Worst stage injury?

Broken String

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

John Peck, Nina Simone

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

Groovin’ is Easy by Electric Flag

What’s under your bed?

The past

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Best Coast

If you could sub into one other band at Splendour for the day, which would it be?

Dune Rats!

Worst stage injury?

Bethany chipped her tooth on the mic

If you could choose two musicians as God Parents, who would they be?

Stevie Wonder and Stevie Nicks

What’s the last song you listened to before you played your set?

It aint over til it’s over – Lenny Kravitz

What’s under your bed?

Beth – cat hair

Bobb – Dust mites

 

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