REVIEW: HAIM at Splendour in the Grass
There’s no denying HAIM are unbelievably cool chicks, and when they took the stage on day one of Splendour in the Grass, all that confidence, boldness and pure passion that many of us have only ever witnessed through watching their YouTube clips, came to life in the most powerful way.
The three sisters, Este, Danielle and Alana kicked off their set with their hit ‘Better Off,’ and with the sun going down, the intense purple and yellow stage lights lit up the Supertop tent to perfection.
After moving straight into their second track, ‘The Wire,’ the girls addressed the audience to let them know this was their first time Down Under.
“Everyone’s been so cool to us and we’re stoked to be here,” said bassist Este.
“It feels like a dream.”
And it was evident by the number of excited screams that pierced the air, that the girls were fulfilling the dreams of many of their eager fans in the process.
‘Falling’ was by far the biggest jam in the first part of the show, with a vast number of people taking the opportunity to break out their iPhones and record the track to watch back later.
Die-hard fans of HAIM were also made privy to some pretty sweet intel during the show, when the band revealed they had finished their new record while they were in Australia!
Audience participation was a big part of their performance, with the girls taking the opportunity to address their Aussie fans several times throughout.
At one point, the band had the lighting techs turn up the house lights so they could take a snap of crowd.
“This has to be the best f**king picture we’ve ever taken!” they insisted, before kicking off into crowd-favourite ‘Don’t Save Me’ followed by ‘Forever.’
Este undoubtedly kept the whole crowd entertained throughout the 45-minute set by producing an epic display of her now world-famously passionate facial expressions.
Towards the end of what could only have been a very sweaty set, the star tipped her whole bottle of water over her head, shook off the excess and continued to rock out.
While there was (disappointingly) no sign of a Fleetwood Mac cover in their Splendour set, the girls closed out the show with the most intense drum jam that stage had probably ever seen. Three incredibly talented sisters with three sets of drums under one massive Supertop is nothing short of a magical combination.