How Flume blitzed Splendour in his last Australian show for a while
“Last year, I opened up the Mix-Up tent, this year I close it,” Flume wrote on Twitter ahead of the Splendour weekend. That’s as good a distillation as any of Harley Streten’s meteroic rise over the past 12 months. Arriving in Byron Bay after an intensive tour of the UK and Europe, Flume was Saturday’s headliner in the festival’s heaving dance tent, which had warmed up with Jagwar Ma, Chet Faker, Alison Wonderland and Fat Freddy’s Drop.
At 10:30pm, Splendour’s 40,000-strong crowd could choose between Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and his acoustic guitar, surly indie-rock heroes The National and Flume. An overwhelming number voted in favour of the 21-year-old most likely to start a party.
As reported by our friends at FasterLouder, the Mix-Up tent was beyond capacity in anticipation of Flume, who’d been tinkering all day on his set. Dropping his Hyperparadise remix early, he again incorporated a live drum pad (you might’ve glimpsed it on the Infinity Prism tour) and guest vocal appearances from George Maple and Chet Faker. As FL wrote: “While tracks like Bring You Down and Holdin On’ provided some moments of relief for the raging crowd, the remix of Major Lazer’s Get Free from his side project What So Not sent everyone into a frenzy.” According to Future Classic, the return to the Mix-Up tent was Flume’s last Australian show for a while.
After a Stateside run earlier this year, Flume is set to return to North America in August. This time, the itinerary includes New York’s storied Webster Hall and Laneway Festival’s expansion to Detroit, where he’ll share a bill with the likes of Matthew Dear, Sigur Rí³s and Alunageorge. Then, of course, there’s his virgin voyage on the cruise to end them all, Holy Ship!, locked in January 2014.
Meanwhile, after the barnstorming end to Saturday, the Mix-Up tent was headlined on Sunday night by two very different live acts: James Blake and homecoming heroes The Presets. Stay tuned for the full inthemix gallery and report from Splendour.