Thousands rock out at Splendour

The crowd surges to Art Vs Science at Splendour in the Grass 2009.
The crowd surges to Art Vs Science at Splendour in the Grass 2009. David Nielsen

MUSIC lovers who travelled from across Australia to the Splendour in the Grass festival rejoiced in the blue skies over Byron Bay this year.

Festival goers, lucky enough to get their hands on one of the 17,500 tickets that sold out in a record 75 minutes, were treated to a smorgasbord of international acts, including Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips and The Specials.

“It's been awesome,” Marty Kelfall,of Ballina, said.

“This is the first time I have been to Splendour in the Grass and I love it.

“There has been absolutely no aggro. The crowd's great, the music's great, the weather's been great, and I'll be back next year.”

Fans were welcomed at the gates of the festival by massive electric signs warning of the drug detection dogs that lay in wait up ahead.

Inspector Owen King, from Byron Bay police, said that as of Sunday afternoon more than 200 drug detections had been made by police dogs.

A 30-year-old Lismore man was charged with supply after a total of 77 tablets, believed to be ecstasy, was allegedly found in his possession.

Emergency first-aid teams treated 458 people for minor incidents with only two people taken to hospital by ambulance for observation.

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