Monday, July 29, 2013

Splendour In The Grass 2013

We're back!! After a long weekend away at North Byron Bay Parklands for the Splendour in the Grass Festival (Australia's answer to Coachella in US and Glastonbury in UK) I am ready to overshare :-) There are lots of information, photos and videos at the Triple J website -

 It's my first festival and I think Riki's first festival as well!! Things we learnt: 
* it is always wet at festivals so take gumboots, 
* 30,000 people is a lot - we learnt to share our space, 
* buy food and drink when the bands are playing so the lines are shorter, 
* onesies are making a comeback, 
* Indian feather head-dresses are also in vogue 
* Riki and I love authentic chai tea (from Brisbane Chai Cart) and huge doughnuts (from Byron Bay Organic Doughnuts) 
* There will always be hard decisions to make between which bands you want to see most 
* Matt Corby - beautiful voice, talented man, 
* Jake Bugg 
* MS MR 
* Little Green Cars 
* Birds of Tokyo - consistently fantastic 
* Sarah Blasko - sweet gorgeous voice

Disappointed we missed:
* Gurrumul - an indigenous singer with a beautiful voice,
* Laura Marling,

Ginger/lemon/mint ice tea, authentic chai tea (wish this was smell-o-vision) and organic doughnut - yum

On the first day we stopped in at a place called Little Italy,_New_South_Wales and had some morning tea - scones with jam and cream and coffees. Riki checked out the museum with me and loved the old machinery and vintage lace. There were lots of photos of the Italian migrant families and their heirlooms as well. 

This is one of the dresses Riki helped me make using vintage bed sheets. 

Our hotel room
On the second day we stopped at a lookout on the way to Byron Bay which looks over the hinterland

On the third day we had brunch at Lennox Head and checked out the lookout, Seven Mile Beach and the pandanus palms

And on our way back home after the last day we stopped in at an old church which has been renovated into a cafe - we have been wanting to stop in for ages. It has lots of lovely retro/vintage items we enjoyed looking at. They also stock upcycled clothing/hats from Geckos New Tail

Oops - confessional!!

I had a ball at the festival and doing some sightseeing with Riki. We might have a weekend to recover and then start doing some other fun stuff. Magda has put us onto geo-caching so that's on the cards and we have lots of brochures for bush-walking and of course a trip to Trial Bay Gaol!!

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