After three tumultuous years of announcements and postponements Splendour in the Grass finally returned to North Byron Parklands this weekend. There were highs, there were lows and there was definitely a whole lot of mud. It was complicated, but it was also an important moment for Australia’s live music industry as it moves out of the pandemic that has crippled the sector since early 2020.
The heavens opened on Thursday night as campers entered North Byron Parklands which regretfully impacted traffic and the venue. Some campers had to be moved to different areas of the site or to Byron Events Farm.
On Friday morning, as a significant weather system hovered off the coast and threatened to hit land later that afternoon, the decision was made to cancel the day’s programming across the four main stages, in the interest of patron safety.
Alongside the challenges, the queues and the mud, there were moments of pure glory as thousands of fans once again engaged in the communal celebration of music that is a core part of the human experience and Australia’s live music industry finally reunited as hundreds of artists and their crews returned to work, playing to huge audiences again.
Sets by Glass Animals, G Flip, Jack Harlow, sycco, The Jungle Giants, Julia Stone, Violent Soho, Liam Gallagher, Amyl & The Sniffers and so many others brought North Byron Parklands to life once again.
While we didn’t get to see Gorillaz on Friday, The Strokes brought the festival vibes on Saturday night as only they can.
And on Sunday night, Tyler, The Creator mesmerised a packed Amphitheatre with a stunning set (that even featured his own BYO grass) under the huge “Splendour in the Mud” banner.
After bus supply chain issues on Saturday night, Sunday night’s exit was seamless when the full fleet of busses was provided moving day patrons out of the venue efficiently.
Campers have departed smoothly and on time from both North Byron Parkland and the satellite campground at Byron Events Farm.
“We apologise for any inconvenience you may have experienced at our 20th Splendour. It certainly wasn’t our easiest show but even with the trials and tribulations we are so happy to be back with our Splendour family of patrons, our awesome event team, and our Australian music industry colleagues. As always, we really did try to provide the best experience possible under some extremely tricky conditions. The sheer collective spirit lifted us out of the mud and put music back on our stages where it hasn’t been for years. We thank all the patrons that held onto their tickets for so long. We also acknowledge all the first-time festival goers and those who hadn’t experienced a rain effected event before, we understand it was a lot. We have the best festival team in the country and we did everything we could considering the circumstances. We have consulted the weather gods and they tell us it will be great in 2023. Thankyou legends” said Co-CEO’s Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.
Moshtix will be in touch with ticket holders in the coming days with regards to proportionate refunds for Friday.
Full refunds for Friday GA and VIP event tickets, Friday bus tickets, Friday day parking will be processed back to the original card used to purchase.
Proportionate refunds of $133 for GA Event tickets, and $199 for VIP Village will be processed in the coming weeks. This is processed via a bank transfer and Moshtix will be in touch with the details shortly. We appreciate your patience while they work through these refunds.