Falls Festival celebrated its 20th birthday with aplomb, delighting a hyped-up crowd across four hot days and four freezing nights.
Extreme temperatures are part and parcel of the New Year's Eve extravaganza on a property in the hills above Lorne, Victoria (on the Great Ocean Road), but the weather's highs and lows did nothing to diminish the jubilant mood.
It's no surprise that Swedish rockers The Hives were among the highlights, again demonstrating why many call them the best live rock band on the planet.
Singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist loves the sound of his own voice, but he's a born showman and clearly a conceptual stage persona and his tongue is firmly in his cheek.
Luckily The Hives' arsenal of rock anthems - think Hate To Say I Told You So, Die, All Right!, Walk Idiot Walk, Main Offender, and Tick Tick Boom - are lofty enough to float the ballast of their vocalist's well-honed ego.
In contrast was The Flaming Lips, whose set lists and musical performance don't live up to the promise of their stage show.
The innovative group put on one of their trademark cosmic spectacles, but again fell short in the music department.
The Flaming Lips' continual avant garde song choices were self-indulgent and deliberately skipped their palatable material - despite finishing with Do You Realize??.
It seemed that streamers, confetti, blow-up balls and crazy costumes couldn't maintain the audience's interest, with the edge of the crowd's mass slowly receding throughout the set.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard were a seven-piece monstrous hybrid of MC5's punk tendencies and the Brian Jonestown Massacre's psychedelic wall of sound - an impressive Molotov cocktail of furious energy and chanted melodies.
Folk-pop Lisa Mitchell delivered another sweet and captivating show, and kept her cool with lady-like class when someone through a projectile at her.
Choosing her words carefully, she said: "How is that cool? You have my permission to turf that person out."
New Jersey-born, British folk rocker Cosmo Jarvis was a surprise stand-out.
Though the artist seemed more shocked than anyone - the overwhelming response from the audience clearly having a profound impact on him.
Australia has embraced Jarvis, who writes an eclectic fusion of punk, folk, rock and ska.
The rebellious, raucous anthem My Day was his set's high point, but the crowd got particularly rowdy when he played his Aussie hit single Gay Pirates.
The audience erupted into a deafening, gesticulating chorus for this popular sea shanty.
British dance-pop group Hot Chip had the whole of Falls Festival's natural amphitheatre dancing into the early hours of the morning.
They opened with Shake A Fist, and played crowd favourites Boy From School, Ready For The Floor and Over and Over.
A fellow dance act - London DJ and producer SBTRKT - did a day-time set and had everyone braving the heat to dance up a storm.
It was a sunlit summer party.
American dream-pop group Beach House were spell-binding, with their songs Norway and Silver Soul two of the stunning stand-out songs.
The New Year was rung in by British indie-pop sensations Two Door Cinema Club before rapper Coolio performed a brief set that ended in his iconic song Gangster's Paradise.
Falls Festival again proved why it is unequalled at the top of the nation's live music calendar.
Here's to another 20 years of this iconic event.