Huge crowds enjoy the music at Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay in 2009.
Huge crowds enjoy the music at Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay in 2009.

80-act Splendour line-up

JACK White, Smashing Pumpkins, Bloc Party and At The Drive-In are headed to Byron Bay.

The big names headlining July's Splendour in the Grass have managed to impress punters despite the smaller budget for this year's festival.

More than 80 acts will descend on Belongil Fields across three days for the first time since 2009.

The smaller capacity at the original site will see 17,500 people soaking up the festival vibe each day.

When the festival was last held in Byron Bay it was a two-day event, but with an additional day the festival has grown.

Popular Gold Coast band Tijuana Cartel is "stoked" to be on this year's line-up.

After playing at the festival's temporary site at Woodford, Queensland, Paul George, vocals and guitar, said he's happy it's back at the original site.

"It's a lot closer to home so that's always good," he said. "Our name wasn't too far down the list either, so that's always good to see."

Paul Waters, president of Byron United said this year's line-up was impressive.

"I've been a music fan all my life and it'll be great to see those big name acts, but I'll be surprised by some of the acts I don't know," he said.

The financial impact the festival will have on the region would be equally impressive, he said.

"The biggest impact will be the financial one to the economy and businesses. What's been promised is the income that we used to get and with the bigger event it promises to be even better."

While a lot of people are happy to see the big names on the line-up, Lloyd Stone, a Byron Bay local said he's happy to see the Aussie acts, including Gypsy & The Cat and Nina Las Vegas.

Stone, a student at Southern Cross University said he'll be heading to the Hotel Great Northern on Sunday afternoon to pick up four, three-day passes.

The presale 'locals' tickets are only available between 11am-5pm on Sunday for Byron Bay and Lennox Head residents.

From July 27-29, it injects life into the region's winter lull.

General tickets go on sale Friday at 9am through Moshtix.

For more Splendour info, head to splendourinthegrass.com.



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