DRESSING UP: The gang from Sesame Street at Splendour in the Grass last year.
DRESSING UP: The gang from Sesame Street at Splendour in the Grass last year. Patrick Gorbunovs

Do’s and don'ts for Splendour in the Grass festival goers

Do prepare for unexpected weather

Be prepared for rain, hail and shine - possibly all in one day. With the wet weather we've experienced lately, gumboots, a poncho or umbrella could come in handy. The last thing you want is to be trudging around the festival soaking wet.

Do pace yourself

There's no point burning yourself out in the first couple of hours when you've got three days of solid partying to come. Mark out the acts you most want to see and be prepared to miss those on your maybe list for the sake of convenience.

Do stay safe

Drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen, familiarise yourself with first aid location in case of injury.

Don't take a chair to the festival

Unless you are camping, chairs are a no-no at festivals. If you want to sit you'll need to wrestle someone for the always limited seating.

Chairs are on the Splendour list of banned items. Along with: glass, cans, alcohol, illegal drugs, skateboards, boogie boards (in case you planned on going for a quick surf while in the festival), weapons of any kind and animals.

Do car pool

Vehicle passes have been initiated to help alleviate traffic congestion. The plan is to reduce the number of cars on the road by encouraging carpooling - the more people you have in your car the cheaper this pass will be per person. In fact, if you have three or more people in your car when you arrive, you will get your money back via a voucher that will be issued that you will be able to redeem on site.

Don't rely on your mobile

It's a festival, and you can get separated from friends. If mobile coverage goes down you need to be prepared. Organise meeting places throughout the day. We suggest you have pre-planned places to meet throughout the day.

Do bulk-order the drink tickets

Let's face it you are at a festival, you're never going to buy too many drink tickets, so buy them in bulk.

Don't get caught out

Everyone knows about lines for festival toilets and yet we still leave nature's call to the last second.

Go early and not at the end of a set is the key to beating the trauma of festival toilets.

Do obey the rules

It's a bit of a downer but nothing will ruin your weekend more than copping a fine, so pay attention to the rules. Police patrols and sniffer dogs will be present, so any illegal behaviour inside the event will be cracked down on. No camping, and alcohol-free zones will be enforced during the festival.


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