Splendour In The Grass today announced that Day One of the long-awaited festival was cancelled, meaning that festival-goers were no longer able to see a bunch of acts slated for the PM of Friday’s timetable. But all is not lost. A heap of acts took over stages in Byron Bay and surrounds with Splendour In The Grass pub gigs.

The Beach Hotel

The Beach hotel — something of an icon in Byron Bay — had a huge line since the news of a gig was announced. I’m told the line is still around the corner right now.

Here’s A Bunch Of Footage From Splendour’s Cancelled Acts Tearing Up The Pubs Of Byron Bay
PEDESTRIAN.TV reporter Aleks Bliszczyk got footage of the line for the Beach Hotel at 7pm

Central Sonics DJ was the first to take the stage at the Beach Hotel, followed by Melbourne-based band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.

Here’s A Bunch Of Footage From Splendour’s Cancelled Acts Tearing Up The Pubs Of Byron Bay
Well and truly packed to the rafters for Rolling Blackouts [Image: Courtney Fry]
They quite literally had punters jumping on stage in some very chaotic yet welcomed behaviour.

Following that a set of floor-filling heaters kept people’s energy up while waiting for Baker Boy, who was originally scheduled to perform on the main Amphitheatre stage at 3pm today.

Here’s A Bunch Of Footage From Splendour’s Cancelled Acts Tearing Up The Pubs Of Byron Bay
Baker Boy nailing it as per. [Image: Courtney Fry]
If you haven’t seen Baker Boy perform live, figure your shit out. He is AMAZING. He rocked up wearing a Gucci tracksuit (of course) and played the didgeridoo during his set.

ANNNND Bernand Fanning joined Baker Boy on stage for his mix of ‘Wish You Well’. Love it. LOVE IT.

Baker Boy closed his set by telling the crowd, “I’m sorry I couldn’t perform on that big stage for you mob but tonight has been a blessing for me and for you mob.”

Members of Confidence Man stepped up to the ones and twos to keep things pumping into the night with a B2B DJ set with Jono Ma.

Kingscliff Beach Hotel

Over at Kingscliff Beach Hotel, there were 700 people waiting to get in before Renforshort and YUNGBLUD took the stage respectively.

Here’s A Bunch Of Footage From Splendour’s Cancelled Acts Tearing Up The Pubs Of Byron Bay
just a few ppl [Image: Instagram / @renforshort]
So good that these two were at the same venue — they’re collaborators, mates and have toured together before.

Renforshort drew in a massive crowd for her performance after originally being slated for a 5pm set at the Park(lands) stage today. Look at this crowd!

reforshort
Renforshort making up for lost stage time. [Image: Instagram / @kingscliffbeachhotel]
YUNGBLUD — who was meant to be performing at the Amphitheatre at 4.15pm today — has since taken the stage and is topless. And these punters prove that you don’t need to get inside a venue to enjoy the damn energy happening in Byron RN.

The Railway Friendly Bar

The Railway Friendly Bar on Jonson Street in Byron hosted The Buoys, George Alice, Japanese Wallpaper, Ioakim, Adam Newling, Flowerkid and May-a. It’s also lit and the line to get in was huge as soon as the news was announced — to be expected with a lineup like that.

Here’s A Bunch Of Footage From Splendour’s Cancelled Acts Tearing Up The Pubs Of Byron Bay

Here’s some footage of The Buoys:

And George Alice:

Here’s A Bunch Of Footage From Splendour’s Cancelled Acts Tearing Up The Pubs Of Byron Bay
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Safe to say Byron Bay is absolutely popping off right now. Weather be damned. The vibes be strong after one hell of a day.

Image: @yungblud, @dabakerboy