The Canny family including parents Sarah and Patrick and daughters Lilian and Amelia join the Karma Kids Club characters in doing some yoga poses.
The Canny family including parents Sarah and Patrick and daughters Lilian and Amelia join the Karma Kids Club characters in doing some yoga poses. Tyson Yates

Splendour in the Grass shows it’s a festival for all ages

FOR music loving parents Sarah and Patrick Canny of Adelaide, this year's trip to Splendour in the Grass was part pilgrimage and part family holiday.

"We came here just for Splendour; we came to see Blur," Sarah said.

"That was the first album Patrick ever bought as a child so it's pretty exciting.

"We realised they (Blur) weren't doing any side shows so we thought we might as well come and make a holiday out of it."

According to Sarah, music festivals have an important place in the young couple's life and it was all the more special to be able to share the experience with their daughters, seven-year-old Lilian and six-year-old Amelia.

The dedicated children's space, Little Splendour, made it all possible.

"And Patrick and I actually met at a festival so this is new, returning back to old days with the family and showing the kids how fun it can be," Sarah said.

"This is their (the kids') first music festival, well, apart from WOMAD in Adelaide, but they didn't know any of the bands there so they weren't nearly as excited.

"We booked knowing they had Little Splendour ... they also have baby-sitting so we'll definitely be making use of that."

Little Splendour's second in charge coordinator, Helene Thompson, said new features such as a family camping ground and café had proved to be a big hit with parents.

Client Liaison on stage at Splendour 2015.
Client Liaison on stage at Splendour 2015. Justin Ma

"The kid's area started off quite small in the beginning, it was basically just a service that wanted to provide to families so that they could come to the festival, feel comfortable, have a space to bring their kids and chill out and relax," she said.

"Now it has expanded to become pretty much a mini festival inside Splendour itself, thus we call ourselves Little Splendour.

"We have Byron Bay Circus Arts doing workshops and performances all day for the three days, we have specific art workshops for the older children, we have performances under the big top, we have a story telly tipi where Salty Pete is telling some pretty wild and crazy stories."

Gabriel Michaelsen, Juliana Michaelsen and daughters Martina, 4, and Anna, 16 months.
Gabriel Michaelsen, Juliana Michaelsen and daughters Martina, 4, and Anna, 16 months.

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