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April 21, 2021

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I attended Splendour in the Grass for the first time last weekend and while the rain that preceded it made the conditions less than idyllic, I was still super impressed.

Not having attending an event like this before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Yes it was muddy but from what I observed their crew worked hard to try and do running repairs while the punters had a blast and embraced the atmosphere.

There were short queues for toilets, drinks and food (with an impressive array of dining options) and getting in and out of the site was a breeze.  There were plenty of local stallholders who seemed to be doing brisk trade and the crowd spirit overall felt very good=natured and positive.

And I’m not sure if some of the naysayers out there realise just how many world-class artists this event attracts. To be able to see them in such a beautiful setting so close to home was a brilliant experience. It’s a wonderful event that brings joy to so many people.

Hats off to the Splendour crew for pulling off an amazing event in what must have been trying circumstances. I’ll be back.

Sarah Sullivan, Bangalow


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  1. 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-cloured 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 claim 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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