HERE is our take on the best of this year's Splendour in the Grass:
Best Australian Act: Illy
His career has not been easy, he has worked hard. Four years ago he performed at Splendour on a Friday noon. This year he was back on a headlining spot at 6pm on Sunday.
This was clearly a big gig for him. Al Murray (his name off-stage) even stopped a song half way to demand the audiences' full participation.
He rocked the stage.
Best Overseas Act: Childish Gambino
Donald McKinley Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian, rapper, and producer.
His performance at Splendour was charged with so much energy and radiated so much fun, it was impossible not to enjoy.
He danced, sang, rapped, jumped and offered a quality, fun and memorable one-man show.
Best Female Voice: Kelis
Kelis has to be the chef with the best voice in the world.
She looked incredible in a pink long dress, but her husky, completely in control vocals won an audience that may not have been familiar with all her songs.
Her reggae-style rendition of the 2003 hit Milkshake was one of the hottest songs on this year's festival.
Best Male Voice: Sam Smith
The singer himself was blown away but the amount of love that came out from the full-to-the brim packed Mix Up tent at his Splendour performance.
Teenagers and twenty-somethings run to hear his songs and gave the performer an ovation that no other artist enjoyed at the festival.
In his second trip and first performance in Australia ever, Sam Smith felt the love loud and clear and it showed in his brilliant vocal performance and humble attitude.
Best Dance Act: Yacht Club DJs
Guy Chappell and Gaz Harrison from Ballarat offer music sets that go from Rock to Dance, visits Pop, salutes Metal and ends up in a cartoon.
The kings of mix tapes brought the house down with two shows on Friday. It was impossible not to join in.
WOW Factor Award: Art vs Science
The Sydney trio should have won the Best dance Act but their performance went far an beyond and reached 'wow' levels for a number of reasons:
- Their hit Parlez-vous Francais? (2009) sounds as fresh today as it did five years ago.
- They decided to take their shirts off while singing a reloaded version of the bilingual song.
- Then they added a rock guitar solo and finally, after teasing the audience for over 15 minutes, they ended the song with a bombastic finale.
And then they did it all again with each song.
Local surprise: Free Like Me
They can sing "How do you live your life working 9 to 5? You are barely alive" to a bunch of IT consultants and accountants from Brisbane and get away with it.
This Byron duo delivers great vocals, down-to-earth music and a touch of exotic charm.
Best Guest Appearance: Dan Sultan
After jamming with Spiderbait during their set on day two, Dan Sultan - the hardest working man in Australian show business - made his second Splendour cameo of the weekend bouncing around the stage as an unofficial fourth member of Hilltop Hoods during their new single Won't Let You Down.
He was also around the Gold Bar quite a lot, unlike many performers who stayed in the Artists Area.
Best Looking Band: Art Vs Science and Foals
What can we say? We could not make up our minds.
Best Dressed Performer: Lily Allen
The poor thing was so worried about her tight outfit, she kept asking an audience of over 20 thousand people if it left too little to the imagination.
Her colourful summer-ish top and shorts ensemble was a fresh change from all the boring black outfits we saw this year.
Hey Ya! 20th Anniversary Award: Outkast
They offered a fantastic show and rocked the mic.
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