Richard Whitling, South Golden Beach
The Splendour article on the front page of this week’s Echo is much better balanced than one in Echonetdaily on the Monday.
However, much remains unsaid by either article. Many patrons are seeking a refund, and why wouldn’t they? All those young people who forked out in advanced for bus tickets and then missed much of the first day’s acts because of the poor bus planning. Many kids had to walk home in the dark to Ocean Shores because of the bus scene.
Then to confront a shortage of drinking water dispensing points (as promised); poor showers; long muddy walks between the car park and the site; loss of the headline act (Frank Ocean); long queues to everything (including bars – so the organisers suggested buying drink tickets in bulk!).
Many of our local young and our visitors did not get what they paid for and there is no word of a refund though some suggest going to the Department of Fair Trading to be reimbursed.
Many, if not most, thought the site was inappropriate and nowhere near as good as the Woodford site with its amphitheatre. Splendour’s Facebook page was inundated with complaints daily, with many clearly agreeing with the remark from one punter: ‘Great music, great crowd, monumental logistic stuff-up: North Byron Parklands 25km north of Byron in the middle of nowhere with the Byron name snuck in to appear like it’s still in Byron Bay.’
‘Massive queues; inadequate, filthy overflowing toilets so women had to squat on the ground; $60 a day to park; transport back to Byron and surrounds was like an afterthought; crap camping and can’t take your car to camp site; obscene rip-off alcohol prices; (over-zealous) control over normal freedoms like alcohol in a camping area. Shame on you, greedy organisers.’
Another example of Splendour punters’ thoughts: ‘Hello Splendour… Why don’t you go back and have a chat to Peter Noble and use the Bluesfest site next year? You seem to be having a complete fail in all areas this year. If it really rained you would be in big trouble. Your event has been so badly organised, I can only imagine the horror your “evacuation concept” would have been for a flood. Which does happen several times a year here. Cut your losses before you kill people.’