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Review: Gossip At Splendour In The Grass 2012

Power Of The People As The Crowd Unite

The Mix Up stage came to a fun close on the final day of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' with an energetic performance from US band Gossip.

Entering the stage singing a line from Katy Perry’s hit song, front woman Beth Ditto’s voice echoed around the tent, “I kissed a girl and I liked it!”

Before starting the set, Ditto addressed the obvious elephant in the room - or “sh*tty situation” as she put it - that the Smashing Pumpkins were also playing at the same time over at the Supertop.

“They are at a bigger stage getting paid a lot more money,” the singer said in her surprisingly deep southern accent.

Undeterred and committed to the fans who had chosen to see out SITG with them, Gossip started the set with 'Love Long Distance.'

Wearing black sparkly ballet flats, a red long sleeve tight mini dress with a retro black and white phone with curly cord print, Cleopatra style eye makeup, long straight black ponytail with short blunt fringe, Ditto confidently showed off her energetic dance moves.

The smooth synth sounds and Ditto’s haunting voice captivated the audience, as did her sweet crowd interaction.

“If I could, I'd take you all home and make you a meatloaf," she cooed kicking off her shoes and climbing down to the front of the stage to greet the fans.

“I like to meet the people. I should’ve been a politician, that’s what I should’ve done,” Ditto mused.

On this, the band’s sixth visit to Australia, Ditto declared her love for the country and dedicated 'Get A Job' from their latest album 'A Joyful Noise' to her friend Jason from Byron Bay.

Playing new songs 'Melody Emergency and hits including 'Listen Up! and 'Standing In The Way Of Control', Ditto seamlessly found time to champion LGBT rights with passion into the set.

Finishing with their smash hit 'Heavy Cross', the band showed no sign of slowing down, bringing high energy right up until the end of the hour long set - even though they were at the end of a five week international tour.

After the band left the stage, Ditto alone stayed to advocate “the power of the people” and perform an encore of Queen’s 'We Are The Champions' with the entire Mix Up stage audience singing along in unison, before she finally bid farewell.

“I wish I could hug every one of y’all, thank you so much!”

Written by Elise Vout