With tickets selling out in less than 30 minutes, the Splendour lineup for 2018 was sure to bring some truly awesome moments. Contiki took 250 campers to Byron Bay to enjoy this epic event and as expected, it was a pretty amazing three days. While you re-watch every video and reminisce over the memories made, check out this list of the best things that happened at Splendour 2018.
The Hilltop Hoods performing a 20-minute rendition of Cosby Sweater with a ton of special guests
We’re not sure if it was actually 20 minutes but it sure felt that way as the crowd was rocking out to chorus after chorus of Cosby Sweater, in the packed-out Mix-Up tent (one of the biggest audiences of the whole of Splendour). This moment was made all the more special with guest verses from Drapht, A.B. Original, Illy and Coda Conduct during the one epic song.
The DMA’s one and only performance of their Like a Version cover of Cher’s ‘Believe’
They’ve said it was the first and last time they will perform it live (BRB, busy crying over that) but this live rendition of their Like a Version cover was truly spectacular. For those lucky enough to experience it, you’ve watched a little piece of music history.
The entire crowd singing ‘Hey Baby’ any time there was an unexpected musical break
Whether it was a quick halt of the show in Hilltop Hoods to ease the crowd congestion or Lorde’s top coming off two songs in to her set, the crowd was really there for the performers during any awkward silences belting out a rendition of ‘Hey Baby’. You’re welcome Splendour!
— triple j (@triplej) July 20, 2018
Wafia giving an intimate performance at the Contiki campsite
The singer stopping by for an exclusive set for the Contiki guests sent shivers down everyone’s spine. Her song 83 days was the true highlight, especially after she shared the pain of her recent breakup. Wafia’s angelic and heavenly voice was exactly what everyone needed after a fair few late nights.
Gang of Youths front man’s hips (they don’t lie)
There was no sexier performance at Splendour than Gang of Youths with front man, Dave Le’aupepe, strutting across the stage with some super sexy hip-swinging moves, practically air humping the audience. The crowd was going wild and not just at the music!
The red wiggle’s cameo on stage with DZ Deathrays
Giving us 90’s kids all a major blast from the past, the legendary Red Wiggle, Murray Cook joined the DZ Deathrays to shred on stage at the amphitheatre, just another piece of ultimate music collab history that tends to go down at Splendour.
Lorde pouring out her soul for Liability AND covering My Happiness
After returning to the festival after her last call up to replace Frank Ocean at just 16 years old (yikes!), Lorde’s performance was so intimate and heartfelt, particularly for these two songs. It was hard to pick a favourite between these two moments where she really gave it everything she had, plus recovering with expert ease from her earlier wardrobe malfunction.
The size of the crowd during Kendrick’s performance of Humble
We all know Splendour draws a crowd but thanks to the smart planning of the organisers pairing hard-to-miss acts at the same time in different locations, most performances weren’t ridiculously packed. The exception to this was Kendrick’s set, specifically the moment when he performed Humble. The amphitheatre was absolutely filled to the brim with people singing along.
Belting out tunes in the Tiki Bar
Whether it was a touch of Shania or a heartfelt rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, there was no greater Splendour high than grabbing the microphone for a song or five in the Tiki Bar. Who knows, maybe some of the guests will be called up for their own Splendour set next year? Then again, maybe not!
Every year we are more and more thrilled by the fashion at Splendour and this year was no exception. From ponchos to full on sunflower costumes there was no stone left unturned with the outfit creativity.
Jack River covering ‘She’s so high’
Who knew this classic would be such an incredible cover but it was truly a magical moment when the entire crowd was singing along to this 90’s track together. Truly a highlight of not only Jack the River’s set but the entire weekend. All the feels!