Hemsworth Brothers No Show at Angus Stones’ Splendor in the Grass VIP Party
The ‘once in a lifetime’ Byron Bay party that was to eclipse Splendor In The Grass this weekend was hit by something far worse than bad weather: a no-show from Hemsworth.
Set atop a hill in the middle of a 120-acre property owned by Australian folk musician Angus Stone, the exclusive, invite-only bash was billed as the festival’s VIP event and promised an Instagrammable oasis with a roster of… guests including the “most influential names in music and fashion”.
But that’s Instagram’s problem. It rarely corresponds to reality.
“We’re expecting two Hemsworths,” whispered Glenn Coleman, founder of Melbourne fashion brand Nana Judy and host of the event, as the free bus drove the rest of the hundreds of guests along a muddy path to ‘at the secret place.
Which two Hemsworths? Liam and the eldest. Yet a Hemsworth is a Hemsworth. The name itself has the power to make or break a party.
“We were inspired by Coachella parties,” Coleman said. “Wait till you see it – it’s a wonderland.”
Then the bus stopped.
The torrential weather that marred the start of Splendor In The Grass on Friday took its toll on all events of the weekend. Even VIP parties were not immune.
Groups in their twenties mixed under fake Balinese huts, sipping free drinks at sponsored bars Red Bull, Isla and Patron while a DJ played generic deaf music while sporadically firing a cannon in flame.
It was two o’clock on Saturday afternoon under overcast skies and there was no sign of the Hemsworths – Byron’s most famous residents. Instead, micro-influencers rubbed shoulders with reality stars and filmed social media content while trudging over hay piles that lined the ground to soak up mud.
Biggest celebrity guest in attendance? Margot Robbie’s brother…
“Yeah, yeah – they said they were coming,” the organizers confidently promised again, checking the time in anticipation of Hemsworth’s arrival before offering a consolation prize. “But Alex Hayes is here – from Celebrity Apprentice.”
“A bunch of guys from Love Island are also here,” said another organizer. “And the folks at The Bachelor.”
“Ah…from a few seasons ago.”
Meanwhile Chad Hurst, who won Big Brother in 2020, lined up at the nearby Red Bull bar.
The reality show overlap was like a crossover between the Marvel and DC universes. But in the world of reality TV contestants, the outcome is more unpredictable and dangerous.
“This guy from Love Island is here and he’s a total asshole,” said someone, who begged to remain anonymous. “He’s a complete asshole. He’s the worst. He thinks the sun is shining on his fucking ass. He’s out of his face.
The party, now in its seventh year, has transformed Angus Stone – one half of brother-sister folk duo Angus and Julia Stone – into something of a Byron-esque Hugh Hefner, welcoming leather-fringed influencers to his farmhouse like bunny-eared playmates at the Playboy mansion. But instead of sex, it’s about #SponPo.
As scattered showers drizzled throughout the afternoon and the party neared its end, Baker Boy took the stage for a performance.
“How do we vibrate tonight? he called out to the dispersed crowd, who filmed themselves dancing for the three-song set.
“Is that right?” someone whispered as they leaned against the wall of one of the Balinese huts.
Downstairs by the bathroom stalls – which the guys and girls had started peeing on around instead of on the inside – a gentleman was feeling the effects of too many free vodka Red Bulls from the sponsors bar. He passed out under Angus Stone’s bank of solar panels.
Upstairs on the balcony overlooking the muddy pitch, even in the final moments of the event, organizers were still scrambling to locate a Hemsworth.
“Liam and Luke said they were coming,” Glenn insisted before pulling out his phone and frantically dialing the number. “Let me call them back.”
“We were in talks with Jack Harlow but it didn’t work out,” the other offered with a shrug.
Still, for some, the lack of Hemsworth didn’t matter.
“It’s f**king lit,” said Jami Knight, an influencer with 363,000 followers. “The atmosphere, the people. It’s the best party.
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