Splore’s theme this year was love. Falling on Valentines day suited this laid back chilled out festival perfectly. The weather was hot, the people were smiling, the line up was rocking, and we all fell in love…. with Splore.
If you’ve never been to Splore then i’ll set the scene. Tucked into the beautiful Tapapakanga Regional Park, the main stage sits next to the beach where punters can kick back in the sun and sea, and still get down to the beats in this natural amphitheatre! Along with the music comes the arts and spiritual side of the festival. Dancing, chanting, yoga, massage, portraits, performance art and some circus fun all make up this part of the festival. It’s all family friendly and incredibly clean and tidy.An emphasis on respecting the land is instilled pretty quickly with ‘Love this place. Leave no trace’ being the mantra.
Getting down to the line up, which was filled with international and local artists, I saw a melting pot of music with positive vibes and funky beats to get everyone up and jumping. I kicked off Friday with Dylan C from Base FM on the DJ Stage, a great start to get your blood pumping for the night ahead.On the main stage I fell totally in head of heels with Ebony Bones, whose high energy show and ability to get the whole audience going ‘to the left, to the right, to the front, to the back’ was masterful! Back to the DJ Stage for some Ragga Twins, which called for some rather special moves on the d floor. DJ Shadow got down and dirty on the main stage and more dancing later in the evening as I headed over to the Old Mout Cider Love Shack for some Regroved Sound System shenanigans with Funk Ferret until the early hours.
Saturday was filled with as much beach recovery time as possible as there was a big night ahead. The love theme came to larger than life fruition as the costumes came out to play. Cupids, Brides, hippys, John and Yoko, Bert and Ernie and Prince Charming all made an appearance but my personal favourite had to be the group of lamps who ‘loved lamp’ ahhhh cute!!!
I kicked off my evening with TY on the main stage. He really got the party started, including another mass dance routine which I luckily caught on camera. Next it was over to the DJ Stage to see Blak Twang and DJ Hudge
A must see live was the next act on the main stage. The Cuban Brothers stormed it. White suits, tasseled jump suits, roller skates, rap, soul and funk all sprinkled with some wonderful lashings of hilariousness from front man Miguel Mantovani. Finally The Funkhunters where my last stop for the night, and quite a stop it was. A VJ set with base that was like a full body massage!
Sunday was another beautifully sunny day and perfect for a relaxing day by the beach. I lay in the cool sea listening to The Cuban Brothers DJ set, Funkommunity and had one last dance to the The Funkhunters before it was all over way too soon!
A great time was had and much sleep was now needed. Night night until next time!!
Our contributor and sound and video editor Ian Wright interviewed TY ahead of the festival so have a listen below.