For the second year running, which actually makes it uncool, tens of thousands of festival-goers have arrived to the reality of a muddy weekend caused by rainfall ahead of the three-day event. Even Glastonbury got the sun this year. Sort it out, Mama Nature.
Splendour In The Grass opened its main stage music program today, but many campers turned up last night to secure a spot as the rain started.
Those already on site took to social media warning other festival-goers about the mud. “Should brought me own gumboots,” wrote one fan, while Triple J predicted: “#Splendour, where sneakers come to die”.
This year Splendour In The Grass has moved to a new permanent home at North Byron Bay Parklands, at Yelgun NSW, following years of uncertainty and swapping between locations.
The Byron Shire area has been lashed by wet weather in recent weeks, forcing Splendour organisers to make changes, according to goldcoast.com.au.
To minimise the site churning into mud, campers will have to park their cars and walk – up to a few hundred metres – to their campsites. A designated area has also been set up for camper vans and caravans.
The measures follow last year’s mud bath when mother nature unleashed a freak hailstorm on the opening day, turning the site at Belongil Fields, Byron Bay, into bog.
Splendour organisers are taking no chances and have advised fans: “Yes, bring your gumboots. Some showers are forecast.”