ON Sunday night, Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, impressed punters of Splendour in the Grass, filling a headlining spot vacated earlier in the week by American R’n’B artist Frank Ocean.
Ocean pulled out of the festival after damaging his vocal chords ahead of his Australian tour.
Sixteen year old New Zealand artist Lorde wowed the 10 000 strong crowd with attendees impressed by her performance considering her lack of preparation before appearing.
Festival-goers Nicholas White and Louise McCaig said the 16 year old’s performance was amazing despite only being asked to join the festival line up late Friday evening.
“I think she did really well given the time frame she had to prepare,” Ms McCaig said.
Mr White commented on the young artist’s popularity with the crowd.
“She seemed to be quite taken aback by it and a little unprepared for crowd interaction,” he said.
This lack of preparation was forgiveable, considering Lorde’s last Australian performance attracted a smaller crowd of approximately 200 people.
“However, she was amazing and definitely a highlight of Splendour!” He said.
According to radio station, Triple J, Lorde was back home by Monday morning, just in time for school.
Lorde’s debut album is due for release in September.