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Splendour sells out, backlash ensues

Selling out in a record 40 minutes this year (beating last year by three minutes and ten seconds), Splendour In The Grass may have cemented its place as the biggest non-touring festival in Australia, but punters who walked away empty handed aren't blaming the event's popularity.


This year is a year of many firsts for Splendour, not only will the festival be held at the 660 acre North Byron Parklands - after a seven year search for a new location - it's also the first time promoters have introduced 'Country Club' tickets, for $712 punters receive:

-Exclusive Country Club Bar overlooking the Supertop (main stage) with an elevated view of the stage
-Exclusive toilets
-Country Club Concierge to help you plan and enjoy your Splendour weekend
-Ticket includes option to camp in the exclusive Country Club Camping area close to the festival precinct entrance (No need to buy separate Camping Ticket)
-Free showers in camping area
-Country Club reserved car parking each day (for those who don't take up the camping option)
-Complimentary shuttle bus travel (to/from the festival and surrounding towns as shown on our Getting There page)
-Free phone charging station in Country Club Bar
-Complimentary cloakroom vouchers
-1 x Event t-shirt
-1 x Event program
-1 x Event poster

However, judging by the profanity-laden backlash on Spelndour's Facebook Page (see below), these perks are irrelevant. One person claimed Splendour In The Grass promoters purposely reduced the number of General Admission tickets in order to increase the number of Country Club tickets.

Promoters have also been given a 25,000 capacity threshold for the first of a five-year trial with North Byron Parklands - that's 5,000 less than the Woodfordia capacity (2011) but 8,000 more than last year's Belongil Fields capacity.

- Poppy Reid

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