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March 30, 2023

Splendour for the mudlarks

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Splendour in the grass? What grass? First year they complained about the rain, second year and the wind, and their excuse is back to the rain again.

PS it’s a floodplain in a high rainfall area! Where’s the value for money when you go out with 30,000 others and are corralled into a small area like pigs in mud.

I spent two days there and contrary to those with rose-coloured glasses (above) the mud was horrendous and almost as unsanitary and the toilets.

How do the authorities allow such conditions? There’s no excuse – Splendour claims to be skilled at festivals and then run a show like that!

The Amphitheatre had treacherous slopes with many falling over. Other slopes were also very bad.

Unlike those apologists above, I spare a thought for the local residents and wildlife too. I don’t want my enjoyment to come at the expense of local resident discomfort and bewildered wildlife (the site is next to a nature reserve).

A floodplain! What a laugh! Surely the region can still gain some economic benefits if the festivals were held in a more logical place.

I would like to go to future festivals in another place that makes sense, I don’t want to face those sort of conditions for that price, I’m there for the music and atmosphere and that was wrecked by the atrocious choice of location.

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  1. Since you knew it was going to be a disaster, according to your own world view beforehand, why buy a ticket? Leave the ticket for someone else. I think their location is fantastic. Woodfood had a better amphitheatre, but the walk between stages was way worse up there, and that amphitheatre is worse in the wet too. It keeps getting better every year Splendour. Keep it up! Watching it grow is very satisfying for this aging punter.

  2. Unless you know something we all don’t, any organisor of an outdoor event is clearly unable to control the weather. That includes the organisers of the Blues Fest (where it poured miserably throughout almost the whole event this year and the site was, not surprisingly, incredibly muddy). Even our wonderful Writers Festival this weekend is not immune to the elements. This does not make them bad organisers. And most punters, unlike you, take it in their stride and go with it. Some of them even think it’s fun! You’ve clearly bought a ticket to Splendour with a mission not to enjoy and an agenda to spread negativity about the site.

  3. Right, thanks Craig. Your ‘world view’ excludes people from attending certain places/ events because those people might think there will be a basic level of safety and hygiene, and they might complain if there isn’t. If ‘somewhere else’ (eg Woodford) is worse (in one respect), then that makes the existing place ‘good’ regardless of any other factors. Does that go for restaurants too? I shouldn’t be concerned about hygiene and safety so long as the food tastes good.

  4. This year thought that Splendour would have gotten it right with one Festival in the rain and one in the sunshine but no I was wrong, mud on site ridiculous, cig butts, toilets over flowing. running into the mud that everyone was mud skiing in yuk,People shitting in the woods, between cars, near tents, bad. If you dropped something gone, Splendour has been setting up for festivals for how many years you’d think they could have gotten that right , a lot of money for peeps not being able to get to their fav;s on stage, car park a joke, sorry I wont be paying for another ticket. Just a money making joke, wondering how many people got sick by the time they got home. Thanks for nothing Splendour


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