Ocean Shores is set for Splendour
THE residents and businesses of Ocean Shores are bracing themselves for this weekend's Splendour in the Grass, the first festival on the new site at North Byron Parklands at Yelgun.
Ocean Shores, along with Billinudgel, is one of the two closest towns to Splendour - just 10 minutes up the road - and it's set to be a major supply point for the 15,000 on-site campers and festival goers.
Kim Dowling, President of Business Ashored - the Ocean Shores Business Network - said the town has really come together to get behind Splendour this year.
"The Coles staff are in mufti, dressing up like hipsters, and businesses like Charlie from the hardware store have brought in extra supplies of gumboots and camping gear," she said.
Ms Dowling also co-owns the tavern and plans to have it open every day for Splendid breakfasts.
"It's a real unknown but we are working closely with the Splendour organisers," she said.
"There is also to be a separate bus service so on-site campers can come into the village. We have even decorated the bus sheds and set up a committee to welcome the festival-goers when they come into town."
Ms Dowling plans to get out to the festival and is keen to catch Of Monsters and Men and local band Potato Potato at the GW McClelland tent on Sunday.
Cameron Arnold, president of VIA Byron, said this year's Splendour was a whole new paradigm for the shire and its businesses.
He also runs Apartments Inn Byron and sees the commercial benefits of Splendour spreading out across the Shire more than previous years.
"The new venue is out of town the accommodation is spread across the Shire," he said. "Of course it's going to be phenomenal for businesses here and it really will spread the love across the whole shire."
Mr Arnold is also looking forward to seeing Of Monsters and Men along with Vance Joy and the popular Mumford and Sons.
For festival information go to: www.splendourinthegrass.com.