Splendour comedown with competition winner Megan

Published July 30th, 2015

Student Flights' 2015 Splendour in the Grass competition winner, Megan Talan, recently got back from her three-day live music bender in Byron Bay. Boy did she have some tales to share.

From getting up front to see some of the biggest bands in the world, to camping in the Contiki Village, read all about Megan's Splendour experience with Student Flights and Contiki.

Let's start with the obvious question. What were your three favourite acts at Splendour and why?

Choosing three favourites is pretty difficult as there were a lot of amazing acts, but I really enjoyed seeing Jamie T, Florence + The Machine and The Smith Street Band.

We were pretty close to the front during Jamie T and there was an inflatable couch that people were crowd surfing on, which was pretty crazy!

Florence + The Machine were amazing. Florence was very theatrical and energetic – the way she used the stage to connect with the thousands of people watching was incredible. At one point she got down off the stage and stood on the barrier while singing to the crowd.

I’ve wanted to see The Smith Street Band play live for a while, so there was no way I was missing this chance. They didn’t disappoint. The sun was beaming on the amphitheatre stage whilst Wil Wagner’s honest and heartfelt songs boomed across the crowd. The band also showed their support for asylum seekers and refugees by revealing a “Real Australians Say Welcome” banner during their set – a very commendable act.


The bands and fans give Splendour a great atmosphere

Splendour in the Grass typically boasts one of the biggest line-ups for an Australian music festival. Did you discover any new bands to add to your playlist? Did any bands surprise you in a good way?

Ecca Vandal was pretty cool. She really worked the stage and her guitarist was crazy good.

The Grates were really fun to see. Patience Hodgson put on a great show; she was really energetic on stage and connected well with the crowd.

What do you love most about seeing live music in a festival setting?

Probably the way the band interacts with the crowd and how the crowd interacts with the band. Everyone is there to have a good time and enjoy music, so there are always good vibes going around, and there is always something funny/crazy happening in the crowd or on stage.

Did you get time to see any of the side areas at Splendour such as the Comedy Club or Buskers Stage?

Yeah we checked out the Comedy Club on Thursday night, where there were some really great acts such as Demi Lardner. We also checked out the Buskers Stage when the band VanderAa were performing.

How did you find the camping experience at the Contiki Village? Was it great to be able to live amongst like-minded music and festival lovers for a few days?

It was great to have everything already set up when we got there, especially after travelling all day. We could go straight into the festival without having to go through setting up a tent.

The private performance by Meg Mac on Sunday was pretty special too – it was great that Contiki could organise that.


Contiki's pre-made campsite takes the hassles away and leaves all the fun to camping at Splendour

After your Splendour experience, what five items would you remember to bring next time?

GUMBOOTS!!! Lots of spare socks, a comfy pillow, a warm blanket and ear plugs to wear when sleeping.

How did Student Flights and Contiki help make your Splendour in the Grass trip a hassle-free experience?

It was so handy to have the bus transfers to and from the festival. The Contiki crew were also there to help with anything and they were generally nice people.

What was your funniest, wildest or most memorable moment from Splendour?

There were a few funny moments; people slipping over in the mud and crowd surfing on inflatable couches/boats. Someone let off a flare during Tame Impala’s set and a guy wearing a wedding dress got to dance on stage with Florence.

There was also a crowd surfing Christmas tree during Jamie T’s set and DZ Deathrays smashing their guitar at the end of their set was pretty memorable. That's just naming a few.

What other music festivals in Australia and around the world would you like to go to next and why?

I’ve always wanted to go to Falls Festival; they always have a killer line-up and I’ve heard many crazy stories from people’s experiences there.

Meredith Music Festival would be pretty cool as well. It’s BYO and seems like a pretty chilled festival and I like the way they promote a love for music.

Until next year, Splendour in the Grass...