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August 16, 2022

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Remember that time you were twenty-something and you were having so much fun that you didn’t care how wet or muddy you got?

The 2022 edition of Splendour in the Grass was nothing if not dramatic. Rain, rain and more rain saw the main stages closed for one night and thousands enjoying the other nights.

The big challenge for organisers was moving people to and from and in and around the mud.

Splendour’s posted an apology on their socials yesterday.

‘Dear Patrons – We know last night’s journey home was shitty for some of you. It usually takes some time to get everyone out of the venue, we’re so sorry you had that experience at Splendour.

‘While it doesn’t excuse the delay, the fact is some of the buses we ordered didn’t show up and that had a significant impact.
‘We’ve been on the phones all day to pull in as many additional transport options as we can. There will likely be wait times again tonight, but we will have extra measures in place to support you including toilets and water.
‘We are doing our best to get you all home safe and as quickly as possible.’
Echo photog Jeff Dawson, who has also been twenty-something, had fun too…

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  1. One easy solution – bring back allowing car drop offs and pickups. These are predominately local parents picking up local kids. Safely. Out of town punters don’t have cars to pick them up as they’re all at the site anyway. Or camping onsite. And with the stuff locals have to put up with its the least Splendour could do for them. And while were at it – lets not have the cops spend hours searching every single car for alcohol on the way in. That is what caused the long delays. Not the weather. It would seem the festival organisers like this idea – as it forces punters to buy overpriced alcohol on site – while the cops get a bit of a kick by finding the odd pill. Meanwhile people took 10 hours to get on site and created extreme danger by blocking the freeway for many kilometres.

    • Spot on John!

      The “no drop offs” rule appears like a cash grab by organisers.

      They may try and use the old “for your safety” chestnut… yeh wait 4+ hours with no water for a bus ride.

      It’s not that hard, get fairdinkum Spledour…or get further public and regulatory backlash.

  2. I guess when you are Splendour’s main advertising media it’s hard not to just print their PR spin; therefore not really saying how horrible it was. One would have to see the Guardian for a more nuanced report.

  3. It’s a miracle no one was killed out on the M1 approaching the Yelgun turnoff, 7pm on Thursday night. Raining, left southbound lane goes from 110 to zero in the 3k + queue. Right lane: B-doubles still doing 110. No police, confusing and deficient signposting – all Splendour’s responsibility.

  4. I understand, Secret Sounds will not be reprising their “Where The Muddy Hell Are You” tee shirts.

    Jeff (don’t print my name) Dawson.


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