Entertainment

Smashing close to Splendour

The Smashing Pumpkins rock out on night three of Splendour in the Grass.
The Smashing Pumpkins rock out on night three of Splendour in the Grass. Blainey Woodham

PUNTERS could be forgiven for having to check their programs at the start of The Smashing Pumpkins' Splendour-closing set last night.

The band started playing a few minutes early and opened their show with a song sung by drummer Mike Byrne, which had many under the Supertop double checking they were at the right tent.

But the festival weary crowd, on their last legs after three days of music revelry, was quickly rewarded with classic songs Zero, Bullet With Butterfly Wings and Today in quick succession.

Front man Billy Corgan acknowledged the thousands who stuck it out to see the alternative rockers.

"Thank you so much for sticking around," he said.

"How you doing? Don't (expletive) lie to me, you're tired."

The set also included 1979, Tonight, Tonight, the title track from the band's new album Oceania and a cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity for the encore.

Earlier, The Kooks' only Australian show of the year was briefly stopped about 20 minutes in when a punter scaled one of the poles of the Supertop.

Metric also had a slight stoppage of their set when power was cut to the big screens flanking the stage.

Missy Higgins' hour-long set was one big sing along with dedicated fans filling up the GW McLennan tent.

Higgins played four songs from her long-awaited release The Ol' Razzle Dazzle and described the album as a "love letter to music".

"I wrote a lot of songs to deal with my very tumultuous relationship with music," she said.

Celebrities spotted over the three-day festival included comedian Chris Lilley, footballer Greg Bird and radio personality Ryan "Fitzy" Fitzgerald.

Topics:  missy higgins, splendour in the grass


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Sunshine Coast commuters hit by train signal fault

TRAIN services on the Caboolture line have been suspended

Deagon singer stars in ad for the Paralympics

YES HE CAN: Tony Dee nailed a Sammy Davis Junior classic to promote the 2016 Paralympics. Photo Contributed / Caboolture News

Deagon singer Tony Dee has featured in a 2016 Paralympics ad.

Latest deals and offers

Hungry Jacks under fire for playground accident

"Customers were handing us napkins to stop the bleeding - there was so much blood for a little girl - she had it all over her..."

Sunshine Coast commuters hit by train signal fault

TRAIN services on the Caboolture line have been suspended

Deagon singer stars in ad for the Paralympics

YES HE CAN: Tony Dee nailed a Sammy Davis Junior classic to promote the 2016 Paralympics. Photo Contributed / Caboolture News

Deagon singer Tony Dee has featured in a 2016 Paralympics ad.

National titles done dirt cheap

Eleven-year-old John Lytras on his way to a fifth national title..

National titles done dirt cheap

Pickle Pork Plate classic at Mt Mee

Grandad, Bob Lange and his grandaughters, Grace and Jorja at the Mt Mee State School Frolic on the Mountain.

Pickle Pork Plate classic at Mt Mee

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Mick Jagger to pay £2.5m to the woman carrying his baby

Mick Jagger is reportedly paying millions to pregnant ballerina

Navy man Keller ready to marry a perfect stranger

Former Navy engineer Keller is a participant in season three of Married At First Sight.

Tattoos are just the surface of Married At First Sight groom.

Ozzy cheated with 5 women in 5 countries: Sharon

Sharon Osbourne claims her husband Ozzy has cheated on her

The Big Music Quiz gives The Block a run for its money

Darren McMullen hosts the TV series The Big Music Quiz.

NEW challenger in TV ratings race shakes up Sunday night.

Britney Spears calls Carpool Karaoke appearance "awkward"

Britney Spears admits her Carpool Karaoke segment was "awkward"

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa