Kanye West at Splendour in the Grass: “This crowd is amazing; I’m speechless right now”.
Kanye West at Splendour in the Grass: “This crowd is amazing; I’m speechless right now”.

Did Kanye fizzle at Splendour?

KANYE West started with a bang but ended in a bit of a fizzle last night at the first day of Splendour in the Grass.

The American rap star emerged on a rising platform in a haze of smoke, kicking off his concert  with Dark Fantasy.

The production values were as big as West’s reputation. A special white floor and stairs were installed on stage where a leotard-clad group of dancers, cast in Brisbane earlier this week, performed chaotic and contemporary routines to his biggest hits including Power and Runaway.

West powered through his 75-minute set, stopping only after the third song Can’t Tell Me Nothing, to say: “This crowd is amazing; I’m speechless right now”.

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Bursts of smoke and fireworks added to the drama, which was split into three acts including costume changes by West and his dancers.

He ended the show with a heartfelt tribute to his mother and then took a bow with his band and dancers, but the sombre end left some punters wanting more.

Swedish rockers The Hives warmed up the packed amphitheatre for West, road testing several songs they said might make it on their next album.

The GW McLennan tent was packed for the highly anticipated sets by Aussie acts Boy & Bear and Gotye.

The crowd erupted during Boy & Bear’s hit cover of Fall At Your Feet and Goyte’s new hit single Somebody That I Used To Know, featuring Melbourne singer Kimbra.

Jay Z, who is in the country, did not make an appearance with West as many had hoped.

But earlier in the afternoon British supermodel Kate Moss was spotted side of stage watching her husband - The Kills guitarist Jamie Hince.

Today, punters are gearing up for another day of music by The Jezabels, new trio Seeker Lover Keeper, Regina Spektor in her only Australian show, The Grates, Aussie rockers The Living End, dance duo PNAU and international headliners Jane’s Addiction.

The Splendour Forum also continues today with Women of Letters, a panel discussion on climate change and comic Wil Anderson’s keynote interview with Jane’s Addiction front man Perry Farrell.