With the sun well and truly set over Belongil Fields for the final day of 'Splendour in the Grass 2012', a mass of music lovers gathered under the Supertop for one last time. Eager to see a band responsible for shaping the modern rock scene, punters waited eagerly to be reminded of their angsty youth with a headline set from The Smashing Pumpkins.

True to form, original member Billy Corgan couldn't care less for the timetable and lead the band on stage ten minutes early. Launching straight into 'Black Diamond' by Kiss, it seemed the band were using the cover as a warm up for the crowd.

What followed was a massive 17 song festival set that would satisfy any fan, with a perfect blend of old and new material. Corgan, who only taking the opportunity to stop and say "Thank you, thank you very much" between every couple of songs, showed his massive confidence as a front man, ironically by doing nothing much at all.

Jumping from guitar driven sing alongs such as 'Tonight, Tonight' and 'Today' to newer dreamier tracks like 2012's 'Oceania' gave the show good dynamics. New members Jeff Schroeder, Mike Byrne and Nicole Fiorentino meshed well together, making it easy to forget that the current lineup has been together for only a few years.

With 15 minutes to go the band stepped off for a breather after playing 'Muzzle', and a handful of viewers took this as an opportunity to beat the rush and leave the grounds early. Those that stayed were rewarded as the Pumpkins encored with 'Disarm' followed by what could possibly be the heaviest rendition ever played of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' and finally ending strong on 'X.Y.U.' from nine time platinum album '‪Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness‬'.

Written By Joshua Duncan

Full Setlist:

1. Black Diamond (Kiss cover)
2. Zero
3. Bullet with Butterfly Wings
4. Today
5. The Celestials
6. Oceania
7. Tonight Tonight
8. Ava Adore
9. Quasar
10. Panopticon
11. Soot and Stars
12. 1979
13. Cherub Rock
14. Muzzle

**Encore**

15. Disarm
16. Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
17. X.Y.U.

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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