Splendour in the Grass organisers say they’re pleased with the smooth running of the festival at the weekend with ‘dramatic’ improvements to traffic flow, access and facilities paying off for all involved.
They have vowed to continue improving the North Byron Parklands festival/events site at Yelgun to continue producing world-class events there.
After only two Splendours (and The Falls music and arts festival late last year) the site improvements have been praised all round.
Police also expressed approval for both crowd behaviour and the way organisers ran the three-day event, which saw more than 30,000 people attend each day, including around 17,500 ticketholders camping on site.
Parklands manager Mat Morris said, ‘The Splendour team worked hard to address the teething problems from the previous year and the improvement has been dramatic and will only continue to improve’.
‘We’re thrilled that patrons attending the event got to experience the full beauty and versatility of this outstanding venue,’ Mr Morris said.
‘Traffic flows both onsite and offsite worked extremely well with little or no congestion being experienced. After working hard with various government agencies to improve traffic management arrangements, the results were seamless with patrons arriving smoothly.
‘Patrons also utilised the public transport network provided by the event in record numbers adding to the traffic management plan’s success.
‘The event undertook a detailed noise-monitoring program in accordance with the Venue’s Noise Management Plan and acoustic consultants also undertook over 100 noise measurements at local residences throughout the event.
‘Directional wind changes throughout the three days resulted in some locations experiencing sound from the event.
‘The event hotline, community email and acoustic consultants have recorded noise related issues for further analysis post event.
‘The event hotline experienced some technical difficulties and event staff have identified opportunities for future improvement in this area.
‘The Department of Planning and Environment was also in attendance at the event to monitor compliance.’
Over 750 people were surveyed, organisers said, with the ‘overwhelming majority’ concluding that the amenities were some of the ‘best event facilities’ they had experienced at any festival.
Meanwhile, hundreds of patrons got their hands dirty across the weekend by planting 2,000 trees to improve habitat values across the Parklands site.
In the joint program between Parklands, Splendour in the Grass and Brunswick Valley Landcare, endemic trees including dry shrubs and eucalypts were planted in various locations.