And while the music was – by all accounts – ridicumazing, young Harley Streten’s set was also real heavy on the feels, with the Sydney producer clearly chuffed-as to be where he was.
“I just have to stop the music for a second,” he told the massive crowd after a few of songs. “This is so surreal for me. I watched the Pixies play here in 2010! Thank you all for your support, let’s fucking do this Splendour!”
He was so excited at the prospect of stepping into the shoes of his idols he almost jizzed himself (NB: he didn’t actually… that we can prove).
Flume’s first time back at the festival since his 2013 set at a packed-out Mix Up stage marked the first time that the dance sensation has unleashed the audio-visual feast of lights and music on an Australian crowd, but he wasn’t about to let the production outshine the music, pulling out a long list of on-stage guests that reads like a who’s who of upcoming Aussie talent.
Opening with Helix, with Holdin On and Sleepless following thick and fast, the crazy geometric shape-laden and strobe-happy light show kicked into high gear, piece by piece. The collabs soon kicked in too, with Remi filling in for Vic Mensa on new track Lose It.
Vera Blue then took on Kai‘s vocal part on Never Be Like You, nailing it as Harley pumped out the shivering and stuttering beat.
Kučka nailed her own part on Smoke & Retribution (not that you can really hear it in this video)
Then Harley brought on Ngaiire for Take A Chance, decking her out with her own light up necklace/cravat to compete with the insane stage show.
Last up was Jess Kent, who absolutely killed Tove Lo’s vocal for Say It and then got this cute AF group pic on stage.
The ever-humble producer even closed his set with one, slamming out a heavy rendition of his hugely successful remix of Disclosure’s You & Me.
Still, he saved the best til last, bowing and yelling “Fuck you Pauline Hanson! Goodnight!” and dropping the mic as he walked off stage, proving there is a place for politics in music, and that place is at the end of your set. What a legend.
Certainly a massive point in his career, Flume-fanatics are sure to be talking about this one for years to come in the way old hippies talk about Hendrix at Woodstock.
You can re-live the glory one song at a time by checking out the full set list below, and making a Flume #SITG 2016 playlist, curling up in the fetal position, closing your eyes and imagining you’re there, which coincidentally how this article was written.
Flume Splendour In The Grass 2016 Set List
Tennis Court (Lorde Remix)
Never Be Like You
Smoke and Retribution
Take A Chance
Hyperparadise (Hermitude remix)
You and Me (Disclosure remix)
Fuck Pauline Hanson mic drop