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MAMBO MAGIC AT SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
All Photography:  Yaya Stempler

All Photography: Yaya Stempler

Splendour in the Grass has come and gone once again and thousands of festival goers are still recovering.

This year, Mambo made its mark in more ways than one creating a sensory overload experience covering all the major bases of a festival; the artistic liberation, the fashion and of course the music!

The Venus Fly Trap stood tall at the top of the ampitheatre looking over North Byron Parklands and provided the perfect backdrop for an insta-worthy shot. The Venus Fly Trap was based on Mambo artist Ben Brown's illustration and brought to life by Lee McConnell. 

“Our inspiration for this year was a psychadelic paradise where mutated Venus fly traps quite aggressibely eat people while they camp right near them. People attending this year’s Splendour can get lost in Mambo’s 'Wayside Rest Area’ on their way to the ampitheatre when taking the hill. They might not make the ampitheatre though,” said McConnell. 

Down near the Tipi Forest was an 8m long 3D mural for punters to interact with, created by all four artists, Lee McConnell, Lauren Webster, Ben Brown and Kentaro Yoshida

Mambo brought back the #SITGxMamboLoudShirt for festival goers who just happened to be in the right place at the right time, as well as gifting all of their favourite artists backstage.

Until next year Splendour… 

www.mambo-world.com

Mambo - ACID TROPIC Collection

“Mambo’s designs have always told a story through art and characters, this year will be no different.”

-Lee McConnell


One of Australia’s most iconic surf and art brand Mambo,  launches new season with LEE MCCONNELL at the helm.

Officially taking the role of Art Director at the start of the year, Lee is keeping the business focused on real artworks and bringing it back to its true heritage of art and music. Celebrating more than 30 years of artistic history and satirical designs, the brand shows no signs of slowing down with a number of creative collaborations in the pipeline. 

Announced for the second year in a row, Mambo returns as Splendour in the Grass’ major fashion sponsor, with plans to activate bigger, better and more immersive art installations. Lee will be leading the art direction, which will be based on the collection Paradise Psych in the prime position of the top of the amphitheatre. 

Above images: Life Without Andy

Last year McConnell, alongside other Mambo artists, designed the Screaming Guitar, which was a completely interactive five-metre-tall guitar with a 2m giant tongue for festival goers to slide down on. At night, the guitar’s eyes lit up as well as the neck flashing and flickering.  

These art installations represent the strong sense of creativity, artistic heritage and daring sense of humour Mambo is known and loved for. 

“Mambo’s designs have always told a story through art and characters, this year will be no different.” Lee explains. 

 
 

The fusion of music and art is a natural combination for Lee, and his style is a natural fit for the Mambo. All the art is hand drawn with a focus on line work and new art is created every season.

Alongside working with Mambo, Lee is also involved with a number of other creative endeavours, including his recent collaborative work with the Dune Rats album cover and tour posters as well as co directing a music festival, Grow Your Own, in partnership with friend and musician Holly Rankin (Jack River).

www.mambo-world.com

BAD ACID

BAD ACID is a group show featuring artists Alex Lehours, Lé Grizz, Lee McConnell, Mike Watt and Sindy Sinn. Each artist explores the mind melting theme to create an original, acid-laced body of work that features five new pieces on paper (all framed). Make sure you drop a tab or your own BAD ACID before you hit the town on opening night, to reep the full effect from this tripped out exhibition. Full event deets underneath this post:

PHOTOGRAPHY: BILLY ZAMMIT


ALEX LEHOURS
 

MIKE WATT
 

LEE MCCONNELL
 

Opening night: Friday the 5th of May at 6pm. 
Alpha Gallery: 226 Union St, Newtown (behind the Union Hotel). 
Sponsored by: Young Henry's and 42Below Vodka.
Photography & Video: Billy Zammit

Stalk the artists: 
@alexlehours - www.alexlehours.com
@leemcconnell -  www.leemcconnell.com.au
@mike___watt -  www.mikewatt.org
@ohmygrizz -  www.legrizz.bigcartel.com
@sindysinn -  www.sindysinn.com.au