REVIEW: Alt-J at Splendour in the Grass
Many punters have declared this year’s Splendour in the Grass ‘Mystery Band’ the festival’s worst kept secret, but the lack of surprise certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd when Brit indie rockers Alt-J took the stage on day three.
As seasoned festival performers known for their killer live gigs, Alt-J’s show was certainly one of the tightest sets of the three-day event.
The band kicked off with ‘Intro,’ the opening track to their 2012 record, ‘An Awesome Wave.’ The single, ‘Tessellate,’ came next and was met with intense enthusiasm from the jam-packed crowd.
After performing ‘Something Good,’ keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton jumped on the mic and addressed the crowd.
“I think this show was supposed to be a secret, but the secret got out,” he joked as the rain came down thick and fast, merely adding an extra element of intensity to the show (and more mud for the crowd to wade through at the end of the set).
As a salute to performing on Australian
mud soil, the band later performed a cover of Kylie Minogue’s hit single ‘Slow,’ giving the song a complete Alt-J makeover without a hint of bubblegum pop in sight.
And just to continue the Aussie love, the band then dedicated their track ‘Matilda’ to their fans Down Under – the first single to be released from their Mercury Prize-winning album.
Listening to the crowd chat during the show, it was obvious fans were impressed with the incredible sound that the quartet were able to produce on stage. Undoubtedly one of those bands that need to be added to every live music lover’s bucket list.