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Review: The Shins At Splendour In The Grass 2012

Rain, Hail and Mud Can't Keep Punters Away

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