Splendour hopes to return to Byron

ORGANISERS of Splendour in the Grass said they remained committed to returning the festival to the Byron Shire.

This is despite last week’s sales blitz on tickets for the 2010 venue in Queensland.

Splendour moved to the site at Woodford this year following protests from Ocean Shores residents and environmentalists at the use of the new Parklands site north of Byron.

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Last Thursday’s offering of 30,000 tickets was snapped up in five hours, which had some Northern Rivers music fans wondering if the music extravaganza would ever come ‘home’.

But organiser Jessica Ducrou reassured Splendour’s commitment to the region.

“We would like to return to Byron Shire, where the event was established and should be,” she said.

While Woodford was ‘a fantastic move, allowing the show to develop and move closer to our vision, the Parklands site is a further step again’.

“One of the great advantages of the Parklands location is its proximity to nearby accommodation from Byron Bay to the Tweed Coast,” Ms Ducrou said.

“Obviously we have been working for many years to make Parklands our home and we feel it has incredible potential and natural attributes which make it an excellent event site.”

It is hoped to stage the festival at the new site in 2011.

Two new acts were added to the Splendour line-up on Friday – We Are Scientists and Ash – boosting the anticipated pleasure of the punters who swooped on the tickets last week, eager to see the likes of The Strokes and The Pixies.

At present the 250 hectare Parklands site, near Yelgun, awaits development, pending approval from the NSW Department of Planning.

More than 150 hectares will remain in forest and there is extensive new planting of key species proposed.

Splendour this year will be held on three days, beginning July 30.

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