Environmental Manager for Splendour in the Grass Mat Morris.
Environmental Manager for Splendour in the Grass Mat Morris. Jay Cronan

Excitment builds for Splendour in the Grass

SPLENDOUR In The Grass's Yelgun site manager says excitement is building among organisers as the first music festival at the North Byron Parklands site rapidly approaches.

Mat Morris, who granted the Byron Shire News a tour of the 258 ha festival site just hours before the event's highly anticipated line-up was announced this week, said he's confident they will be address critics' ongoing concerns.

While there would naturally be some teething issues in the first year of their five year trial at Yelgun, Mr Morris said they had addressed resident's concerns about noise, traffic and security.

"I'd be surprised if there's another event venue in Australia who has been subjected to the level of requirements (we are). But I don't look at that as an impediment I look at it as a challenge," he said.

Used for half a century to farm cattle and cane, the site purchased by Splendour's organisers in 2006 is a hive of activity as the final touches are placed on an event that will host up to 25,000 music fans in late July.

Last week a key piece of infrastructure - a 5m high underpass under Jones Rd - was finished.

After a seven year battle with residents and council that ended up in the Land and Environment Court, the Planning and Assessment Commission approved Splendour organisers a five-year trial at the site in April last year allowing three events per year catering for between 10,000 and 35,000 patrons each.

The festival line up announced this morning includes nearly 80 bands and DJs, including Mumford and Sons, The National, and TV on the Radio giving their only Australian performances alongside local favourite Bernard Fanning,

A three-day ticket is $350.


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