Splendour's Friday Main Stage Events Cancelled Amid Terrible Weather

Interest of patron safety

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Main stage events at Splendour In The Grass have been cancelled for today, Friday, as a significant weather system continues to sit off the east coast which could reach land later today bringing more rainfall.

Event organisers informed festival-goers just before 2pm in a statement which said "patron safety" was at the forefront of the deicision.

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"A significant weather system is currently sitting off the east coast and may reach land later today bringing more rainfall," the statement read.

"In the interest of patron safety and in consultation with all relevant emergency services, we have decided to err on the side of caution and cancel performances on the main stages today only – Amphitheatre, Mix Up, GW McLennan and Park(lands) Stages.

"All of our destination spaces (Global Village, Tipi Forest, Forum, Comedy and Science tents etc.) will remain open today for patrons who are already onsite as well as those at our satellite campground at Byron Events Farm. Please relax and enjoy what is open.

"Day patrons are asked not to attend to the festival today while we work on repairs."


Hundreds of festival die-hards arrived at the North Byron Parklands campsite on Thursday ahead of the festival’s commencement today – but many were turned around after waiting anywhere from 10 to 18 hours.

From this morning, campers or people parking for the day at North Byron parklands were redirected to Byron Events Farm, with free shuttles in place to transport patrons.


“Due to ongoing weather conditions, we can no longer accept any campers or vehicles including day parking at North Byron Parklands (NBP),” a Facebook post by Splendour read.

“All incoming camping patrons and day parkers should proceed to Byron Events Farm (BEF) at 35 Yarun Rd, Tyagarah NSW 2481.

“We thank you for your patience here and big shout out to our staff who are working around Mother Nature to get you in here safely.

“Please be kind and patient.”

Full cars of up to five people were forced to huddle together in the cold and brave a night sleeping in their cars, while others reported they had no staff around them to inform of the next appropriate steps. 

Between 30 to 40 SES members have arrived on site to assist and assess the waterlogged grounds.

An SES spokesperson told the Daily Telegraph it was monitoring the low-pressure system off the east coast and if it moved inland.

“There’s heaps of rain in the campgrounds, but it’s not flooded. It’s just still water and heavy mud,” the spokesperson said.

“If (the festival) makes a decision to evacuate, we’ll support that. We’ve got a crew of about five or six members in the festival grounds and 30 to 40 altogether.”

Areas in the Northern Rivers have copped between 50-75mm of rain in the last 24 hours and a severe weather warning is in place with damaging surf expected along Yamba by Friday evening.

It is the first time since 2019 that Splendour has been held, having been postponed for two years due to the pandemic.

A three-day ticket costs for $415.91, while a single day ticket costs more than $200. 

To camp, it costs people an extra $100.


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