If you’re one of the lucky ones who nabbed themselves a ticket to the best Australian festival of all time a. can we please have it and b. this story’s for you.
While music is the name of the game over the three day weekend that is Splendour in the Grass, we all know fashion is equally important, as is ensuring you are well equipped for a winter weekend in the middle of nowhere.
Because we want your Insta content to be primo, and it seemed like a fun idea, here’s a list of local brands who’ve got all your Splendour needs covered. Good luck to you lucky ones.
Ace of Swords
Boho-style jewels are a non-negotiable when it comes to festival style and Ace of Swords has them in spades. Handcrafted sterling silver pieces with natural semi precious stones in the cutest of designs. Fill up your fingers with a few of these and you’re already at the top of your game.
Two in the Sun
Leather and sterling silver combine to create sweet, fine pieces made with ethically sourced materials and minimal environmental impact. Think hammered pendants, tiny moon symbols and leather strung with silver whale tales – the perfect understated but pretty accessories to ensure you stand out at Splendour.
The perfect local brand to get your boho fix, Barefoot Blonde has you covered from maxi dresses to playsuits and back again. Not only that though, BB also make leather goods along the lines of chic cowboy boots and woven slides perfect for dancing up a storm in the Splendour Amphitheatre.
Olas Supply Co.
One for the guys and the gals, Olas Supply Co. has been a local favourite for a few years now. Offering up the perfect festival attire in the way of cute overalls, simple (yet luxe) tees and funky button ups for the fellas, Olas is all about the wandering way of life and that’s something we can get behind. Hit ‘em up.
What is life without a raffia bag these days? Not much it seems. Enter Tanora Designs, a bunch of local gals touting exactly that as well as wide brimmed hats for max sun protection. Obviously you’ll need a bag to lug around all your accessories (and many layers) and luckily there’s a leather strapped number perfect for that and a round slightly smaller bag that’s as cute as a button.
Easy to wear pieces in luxe fabrics are sure to be a hit at Splendour this year. Think cropped slouchy pants, floor length frocks and button up tops for the ultimate laidback look. Surprise! One Fable has all the things made with natural fibres in natural colours that will probably last you a lifetime. We love every single thing.
Not only necessary in your festival life, Grit Ceramics is a must-have day to day. Leia creates many a beautiful thing in her local studio but Splendour-wise we highly recommend grabbing yourself a travel coffee for that early morning caffeine hit you’re sure to need after a night of busting a move on the dancefloor. Plus, the less single use thingos the better right guys.
Repping your local suburb via a cool tee is always a good idea and Gold Coast brand The Undercurrent has your back (literally). They make tees with local artist drawn representations of suburbs including Burleigh, Miami, Palm Beach, Cooly and Broadbeach to name a few. There’s also a Gold Coast specific tee so you can shout your hometown from the rooftops. Or the moshpit should that be your jam. Check out their gear here.
Your face is going to need some expert love throughout three days of non-stop good times and Rustic Peppermint can help with that. They’re all about plant-based skincare that’ll make your mug extra shiny after being outside in the elements all day. The Balance Skin Serum is a definite and maybe throw in some Hair Potion for glossy locks while you’re at it.
For the times when your little feet are aching from too much carving it up on the dance floor (if there is a such a thing), you might want to sit yourself down on a pretty rug. Andean Collective have several colourful creations perfect for throwing into your bag and taking along for the ride. You might just make a few new friends if you bust out one of these bad boys too.
What is a festival without vintage threads? Not much guys, not much. The team at Limbo Collective have quite the ahh collection of wears including the most Texas-style cowboy boots you’ve ever laid eyes on, messenger bags, kimonos to throw over everything and well, whatever you need really. Head in to grab yourself some absolute gold before festival weekend.
Bella Bronze Tan
If winter has you doing your very best Casper the friendly ghost impression (same) you best rectify that before busting out your best festival attire. Bella Bronze know tans and you can get yourself either the One Night Tan Instant Bronzer or the Self Tanning Mousse and lather yourself in a golden glow before and during the big event. You’re welcome.
ENJOY party people!
Words by Kirra Smith.
The Gold Coast’s newest label The Undercurrent is a brand with a mission, a Gold Coast one. Created to showcase our amazing city through art on something accessible to everyone, t-shirts.
The brand’s name is both a nod to the Coast’s thriving surf culture and the side of the city locals keep hidden.
Through her extensive travels proud Gold Coaster and brand creator, Carly Snodgrass, often came across t-shirts locally designed and capturing the essence of each particular city.
She quickly realised that although the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, drawing visitors from across the world due to its beautiful golden beaches, thriving nightlife and of course, abundant theme parks, it is also a culturally diverse city with a whole lot more to offer.
And this is the side that should be shown to the world.
Enter the artists. Carly commissioned five local artists – Claudio Kirac, Kiel Tillman, Sarah Beetson, Eric Koo and Byron Coathup – to illustrate their interpretation of the Gold Coast suburb in which they live.
Currumbin, Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta, Surfers Paradise and Mermaid Beach are the suburbs currently represented with more to be added at a later date.
The Undercurrent’s purpose is to work with those who share their passion for the city’s unique culture and offer them the opportunity to create projects on their home turf.
$2 from every purchase will be donated to Surf Lifesaving Queensland who were specifically chosen by The Undercurrent due to the huge part they play in both assisting tourists and the vital role in shaping our city’s culture.
Since 1930 Surf Life Saving Queensland’s mission has been to protect the lives of the millions of people visiting our beaches every year and The Undercurrent wishes to support them in continuing their fantastic work.
The Undercurrent will officially launch online April 1st and you can catch them at The Village Markets this Sunday the 2nd of April from 8.30am to 1pm.
Words by Kirra Smith.
More and more these days we, the people, love knowing everything there is to know about local businesses. How they were created, how they operate, what goes into creating something that works.
Luckily for us, there are many an incredible local business popping up both on the Gold Coast and within the local surrounds that have interesting stories to tell, the latest of which is Husk Distillers.
Creators of Ink Gin (you know the magical purple elixir that changes colour), Husk Virgin Cane Rum and Spiced Bam Bam (spiced rum, love you), Husk Distillers was born in Tumbulgum, tiny little northern NSW town now home to a quite big, much-loved local brand.
Now, the impressive paddock to bottle brand have announced the opening of Husk Farm Distillery and it’s set to be an absolute must-visit destination.
Set on the Messenger family’s farmland with the stunning Wollumbin (Mt Warning) as the backdrop, the cellar door, bar and café will be open to the public in mid-June and, as you’d expect, there will be many a tasty treat.
The cocktail and café menus will showcase local produce, along with Blackboard coffee, gin and rum infused chocolates, local cheese/charcuterie boards and tasting paddles made from old barrel staves.
So all of the very best things. Plus of course, you can take home a bottle of Ink Gin or three for the cabinet slash that nights’ drinking shenanigans.
In case you haven’t heard the story; Husk is the baby of the aforementioned Messenger family, inspired by their love of all things rum and the culture of Caribbean, the family began their adventure in 2012, creating a plantation distiller on their cattle and cane farm.
Production began with their first paddock to bottle agricole rum, made with their homegrown sugar cane and capturing the flavours of the region.
The cane harvest is restricted to August – November and the months off over summer made way for the development of the ever-popular Ink Gin. Meanwhile, Husk Virgin Cane Rum and spiced rum, Spiced Bam Bam, quietly matured on oak in the background.
Ink Gin hit the market with a bang, with lucky sippers getting on board with the smooth Australian taste and quirky colour change of the butterfly pea (from blue to purple) when you add tonic. So great.
And now, after much hard work from the Messenger’s and much gin sampling from us, Husk Farm Distillery is set to be our new favourite destination drinking hole.
Bring on mid-June for bulk roadtrips down south.
LOCATION: Dulguigan Rd, North Tumbulgum