Foals say they had asked the organisers of Splendour In The Grass if they could play during the festival’s 2014 instalment — which concludes later tonight — and received a “tepid response.” The UK indie stalwarts were called in as a last-minute replacement for an ailing Two Door Cinema Club.
“Last time we were here we asked the guys from Splendour whether we could play this year but there was a slightly tepid response,” Yannis Philippakis and Jimmy Smith recounted to Triple J. “These sort of ‘We’ll get back to you’ eyebrow raises and ‘We’ll see if the logistics work out.'”
The band was branded as the event’s “eleventh hour saviours” by organisers after Two Door Cinema Club pulled out and Foals agreed to fill a gap in playing times by flying Down Under during a mere 48-hour window that the band had in the middle of their current European festival run.
“Our manager said Two Door had pulled out because they were ill and asked whether we wanted to do it. We said if it’s feasible we’d love to do it,” they said. “It’s really nice that we can come back on this tour and play Australia again. Otherwise it’s going to be ages I think. We definitely wanted to come back one more time before we stop for a bit. I feel like there is a connection here.”
That connection with Australian fans saw the band steal the show during Day Two of Splendour 2014. Music Feeds reviewer Sam Murphy praised Foals’ set as the “heaviest of the weekend so far” and a display of the skills that have seen them progress from “indie rock kids to arena heroes.”
Gallery: Foals – Splendour In The Grass 2014, Byron Bay 26/07/14
Photos by Ashley Mar