HAPPY TIMES: Sandy and Garry Meredith of Ballina got in early for Splender in the Grass tickets when the tickets went on sale at the Great Northern in Byron Bay on Sunday.
HAPPY TIMES: Sandy and Garry Meredith of Ballina got in early for Splender in the Grass tickets when the tickets went on sale at the Great Northern in Byron Bay on Sunday. Doug Eaton

Mum, dad treat kids to Splendour tickets

HUNDREDS of Byron Shire locals lined up for hours outside the Great Northern Hotel yesterday to secure tickets to this year's Splendour in the Grass.

Tickets to residents of the Byron Shire went on sale at 11am, and those eager to see acts such as Lily Allen, Two Door Cinema Club, Interpol and Outkast, had been waiting for hours.

Official ticket sales go live at 9am Friday, May 2, and local music lovers were happy to be able to get their tickets early to ensure a spot at the festival, which will be held July 25-27 at North Byron Parklands.

Sandy and Garry Meredith, of Cumbalum, were the first in line, arriving at 6.30am.

"We just didn't want to miss out," Mrs Meredith said.

However, even though she'd gotten up at the crack of dawn to wait in line for more than five hours, she wasn't even getting a ticket for herself.

She was buying tickets for her two teenage daughters.

Mr Meredith was set to be chaperone at the July festival.

In a lovely twist, Sunday was one of their daughter's 14th birthday, so waiting in line instead of having their girls do it, was a sort of birthday present as well.

It's not the first time the parents have done this - the whole family just spent last weekend at Bluesfest together.

They agreed they are a bit of a festival family who love the opportunity to soak up live music.

Being locals in the Byron Shire, it all fits perfectly.

"It's the best part of the country to live in for festivals, I guess," Mrs Meredith said.

They were expecting more people to be waiting outside the hotel when they turned up, but as it happens, they were the only ones, until around 8am.

They said their daughters, who have been to Splendour before, we're looking forward to seeing The 1975, London Grammar, Lily Allen and Outkast play - the latter of which dad was also keen to see.


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