Alex Boylon, Natalie Villchez and Jamie Lea at Splendour in the Grass 2011.
Alex Boylon, Natalie Villchez and Jamie Lea at Splendour in the Grass 2011. Vicki Wood

Ma Nature clouds celebs

WITH a line-up this good not even Mother Nature could stay away.

And it wasn't just the big bands but the celebrities off stage who had just as many talking yesterday.

Tens of thousands who turned Woodfordia into a festival paradise yesterday faced a tougher choice than just what stage they would pick, but also “do I wear gumboots or risk it”? Light showers and an icy breeze didn't deter any at the first day of Splendour.

For the second year, thousands have set up camp at Woodford for the winter festival normally at home at Byron Bay.

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Last night the crowd built in the Woodfordia Amphitheatre for the king of rap, Kanye West.

In the morning rumours quickly spread that His Royal Highness of Hip Hop would be joined on stage by pal and fellow rap royalty Jay-Z, who choppered from Brisbane to Woodford but that didn't eventuate.

Earlier in the day, rock troupe The Kills kept the crowd rowdy, with supermodel Kate Moss spotted at the side of the stage watching her husband guitarist Jamie Hince rouse the audience.

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange gained the attention of a crowd that filled the forum tent for a debate about who controls the internet.

Mr Assange, whose mother Christine Assange headed the forum panel, recorded a message for Splendour, commending a generation on striving for justice and peace.

West was the first of two major headliners this weekend.

Brit super group Coldplay takes over the stage late tomorrow night.

Today will be a new list of big bands and likely more celebrities for the Splendour crowd.



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