Splendour in the Grass: tens of thousands enjoy music festival as weekend wraps up

by admin on July 13th, 2018

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Crowds at Splendour in the Grass enjoy fine weather and good music. Photo: Rachel Murdolo Transport chaos as bus queues affected thousands at Splendour in the Grass. Photo: Rachel Murdolo
Nanjing Night Net

Fans are showered in confetti during the Gang Of Youths performance during Splendour in the Grass.

Music fans enjoy DMA’s performance at the amphitheatre stage during Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people flocked to this year’s Splendour in the Grass music festival in Byron Bay over the weekend, more than doubling the town’s population.

This year’s attendees enjoyed fine weather, wearing singlets and hats instead of the gumboots and rain coats that were essential in recent years.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing as the opening night on Friday was plagued with transport issues.

Festival goers queued up to three hours for buses, and a few gave up waiting and instead walked for hours to get back to their accommodation.

Organisers were forced to issue an apology, offering refunds for people who purchased bus tickets.

“We want to send out a huge and sincere apology to all those caught in traffic getting home yesterday!” the organisers wrote on Facebook on Saturday morning.

The headline acts this year included The Strokes, Flume, The Cure and the return of Australian band The Avalanches.

And while the festival is primarily for music-lovers, it’s not all about the tunes. This year’s Splendour Q&A panel, hosted by Tony Jones, included Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Labor MP Terri Butler, Coalition MP Dr Andrew Laming, Australian journalist Peter Greste and US whistleblower Cian Westmoreland.

On Sunday night, NSW Police said they were unable to comment on the prevalence of drug use this year.

The festival is held in Byron Bay each July.

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