Brad Graham, The Pocket
There has been much comment in the news about the operational problems of Splendour but little about the noise impact on local residents.
Overall, most performances were okay but the evenings were something else altogether. Headline acts were given the freedom to blast out intolerably low bass frequencies that could be heard up to 15 kilometres away. These levels could not possibly be considered safe by EPA noise standards. What damage are they doing to young ears and what about the wildlife? There are elderly persons to consider, people with chronic health problems and the people who have to get up at six in the morning to work.
Surely one solution would be to orient your big stages toward the sea away from the local community and provide adequate sound barriers at the rear. Splendour, you have a responsibility to make your venture a success for everybody, not to further alienate more local residents who patiently put up with enough disruptions already.