Splendor Friday Main Stage Events Canceled Due To Terrible Weather
The main stage events at Splendor In The Grass have been canceled for today, Friday, as a significant weather system continues to sit off the east coast which could reach land later today bringing more of precipitation.
Event organizers informed festival-goers just before 2 p.m. in a statement saying “customer safety” was at the forefront of the decision.
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“A significant weather system is currently sitting off the east coast and could reach land later today bringing more precipitation,” the statement said.
“In the interest of customer safety and in consultation with all relevant emergency services, we have decided to err on the side of caution and cancel performances on the main stages for today only – Amphitheatre, Mix Up , GW McLennan and Park(lands) Stages.
“All of our destination spaces (Global Village, Tipi Forest, Forum, Comedy and Science Tents, etc.) will remain open today for guests who are already on site as well as those at our satellite campground at Byron Events Farm. Please relax and enjoy it’s open.
“Day customers are asked not to attend the festival today while we work on repairs.”
Hundreds of die-hard festival goers arrived at the North Byron Parklands campsite on Thursday before the festival started today – but many turned back after waiting between 10am and 6pm.
From this morning, campers or people parking for the day in North Byron parks have been redirected to Byron Events Farm, with free shuttles in place to transport customers.
“Due to the current weather conditions, we can no longer accept campers or vehicles, including day parking at North Byron Parklands (NBP)”, a Facebook post from Splendor read.
“All incoming campsite customers and those day-parking should go to Byron Events Farm (BEF) at 35 Yarun Rd, Tyagarah NSW 2481.
“We thank you for your patience here and a big shout out to our staff who are working around Mother Nature to get you here safely.
“Please be kind and patient.”
Carloads of up to five people were forced to huddle together in the cold and brave a night’s sleep in their cars, while others reported they had no staff around. them to inform them of appropriate next steps.
Between 30 and 40 SES members arrived on site to help and assess the waterlogged terrain.
An SES spokesperson told the Daily Telegraph it was monitoring the low pressure system off the east coast and whether it was moving inland.
“There’s a lot of rain in the campgrounds, but it’s not flooded. It’s just calm water and thick mud. said the spokesperson.
“If (the festival) takes the decision to evacuate, we will support it. We have a team of about five or six members on the festival grounds and 30 to 40 in all.
Northern rivers areas have received between 50 and 75mm of rain over the past 24 hours and a severe weather warning is in place with damaging waves expected along Yamba by Friday evening.
This is the first time since 2019 that Splendor has been held, after being postponed for two years due to the pandemic.
A three-day ticket costs $415.91, while a one-day ticket costs over $200.
To camp, it costs people an extra $100.
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