As mentioned in this post, just over a month ago I went to Splendour in the Grass, a 3 day music festival in Byron Bay. Some of my musical highlights for the weekend were Death Cab For Cutie (weekend favourites, so insanely good), Florence and the Machine, Tame Impala, The Wombats, The Vaccines and last, but not least, Blur (Damon Albarn is such a legend!). I thought I would post some snaps from the 3 days, along with some handy hints if you ever find yourself attending Splendour (or any rainy festival really).
1. Avoid camping (if at all possible…)
Call me unadventurous, but I am not keen on camping outside in muddy, wet, wintery conditions. My 21 year old self would have said hell yeah, but 10 years later, not so much. We stayed at the Ramada Hotel and Suites in Ballina and having a hot shower and falling into bed after 12 hour days at the festival is pretty much the best thing ever. The only thing we would do differently is stay closer, Ballina is about 50km from North Byron Parklands where the festival is and although the hotel was fantastic, the bus trips there and back each day were tedious. Next time we’ll definitely check out Airbnb’s in Byron Bay.
A pair of comfortable, good quality gumboots are a necessity. There is mud, lots and lots of deep, thick mud and the only way to trek through it is in a pair of knee high gumboots. Don’t slack on buying them either, as they sell out everywhere quickly!
3. Bring something for rain coverage + cold evenings
It can be something light like a plastic poncho or rain jacket, but trust me, you’ll be glad you did. It started pouring on the Friday night just as it got dark and we got absolutely soaked. We were so freezing that we left 2 songs into Mark Ronson which I’m still totally bummed about. The long bus ride back to our hotel in dripping wet clothes was not fun. The nights do get cold there, not absolutely freezing, but brisk! Along with a jumper, I carried a beanie, scarf and gloves in my bag to put on at night. Speaking of bag, I used the Herschel Sydney Mid Volume backpack, it’s like a mini version of their regular backpack so it’s not bulky to carry around all day, plus it’s waterproof.
4. Bring a hipflask (if you’re drinking)
I know it sounds scandalous, but I am not even kidding. I saw at least 10 people do this and I thought it was genius. Drinks at Splendour are insanely expensive, a can of mid strength beer will set you back at least $8. Plus you need to purchase drink tokens to be able to buy drinks from bars as they don’t accept cash. During the day, drink queues aren’t too bad, but come afternoon/evening when the headliners start, the lines become nuts and you spend precious gig time lining up. Hipflasks are the way to go.
5. Don’t be culturally inappropriate
Leave your Native American headress at home (better yet, get rid of it altogether) and educate yourself on cultural appropriation.
^^^ Splendour Crew!