What started out as the perfect festival day, even edging towards the hotter side of comfortable, quickly took a turn for the worst as rain and hail in the mid afternoon caught many a punter off guard and without ponchos in hand.

Some braved the muddy grounds barefoot while others had the foresight to wear gumboots even after the blue sky and fine weather forecasts of the morning.

But if there is one good thing that comes from being rained in at a festival it's the atmosphere that arises inside the show tents.

As the Supertop main stage began to fill up in anticipation of The Shins, the crowd had began to loosen up and the Splendour vibe was noticeable all around.

All the usual suspects were present, ranging from those dressed in animal costumes and fancy head pieces to those not wearing much at all but still appearing not to be affected by the cold.

The Shins delivered their set as fans of the tight indie-rock five piece have come to expect. Relying purely on the music to entertain rather than crazy onstage antics, original member and lead singer James Mercer delivered favourites with precision including 'New Slang', 'Australia' and 'Caring is Creepy'.

The crowd seemed noticeably worked up as the mellow guitar and drum intro for new fan favourite 'Simple Song' started, only to be followed by an eruption of voices and dancing as they kicked into the chorus.

With the crowd well and truly worked up and ready for more action, many opted to spend the rest of their night in good position under the Supertop ready for final acts At The Drive In and Jack White.

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Written by Joshua Duncan

Photos | Splendour In The Grass 2012 | Interviews

Photos | Splendour In The Grass 2012 | Interviews

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Luke Pritchard of The Kooks called in at the MTV tent backstage before their set on day three of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byrong Bay - 29 July, 2012.

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    Luke Pritchard of The Kooks called in at the MTV tent backstage before their set on day three of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byrong Bay - 29 July, 2012.

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    Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother said hello backstage before their set on day three of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byrong Bay - 29 July, 2012.

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    Missy Higgins stopped by the MTV tent on day three of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byrong Bay - 29 July, 2012.

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    Aussie MC 360 payed us a visit before his set on day two of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byrong Bay - 28 July, 2012.

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    A couple of the boys from Bloc Party stopped for a chat backstage before their mind blowing set on day two of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byrong Bay - 28 July, 2012.

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    Miike Snow backstage before their set on day two of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byrong Bay - 28 July, 2012.

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    We chat to the boys from DZ DEATHRAYS backstage on day two of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byron Bay - 28 July, 2012.

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    We chat to the boys from Shihad backstage just before their set on day two of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byron Bay - 28 July, 2012.

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    Kate Miller-Heidke pops backstage after her set for a chat on day one of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byron Bay - 27 July, 2012.

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    We chat to Kiwi gal Kimbra backstage on day one of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byron Bay - 27 July, 2012.

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    We chat to Kiwi gal Kimbra backstage on day one of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byron Bay - 27 July, 2012.

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    The lovely Lanie Lane stops by for a chat backstage on day one of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byron Bay - 27 July, 2012.

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    We get crazy with Kram from Spiderbait backstage on day one of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byron Bay - 27 July, 2012.

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    We chat with the original Shin James Mercer backstage on day one of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byron Bay - 27 July, 2012.

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    Our awesome MTV PUSH artist Michael Kiwanuka stops by backstage on day one of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byron Bay - 27 July, 2012.

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    MTV backstage at 'Splendour in the Grass 2012' at Belongil Fields, Byrong Bay - 27 - 29 July, 2012.

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