Cold comforts worth the ultimate Splendour

EMILY PEARSE has always been grateful for living in what many regard a perfect paradise. Now she appreciates her Byron Bay Shire residential status even more. And there are others sharing her enviable address. School friends at Trinity High School in Lismore are in debt to her for life after she lined up outside Byron's Great Northern Hotel from 2.30am on Sunday to buy tickets to this weekend's Splendour In The Grass. Emily was one of 900 people from the shire to snare additional tickets offered to locals by organisers of the Belongil Fields music festival on Saturday and Sunday. The main round of 17,500 tickets released via Internet in May sold out in less than two hours. "I had my tickets but dear, dear friends of mine didn't," Emily said. "They needed a local because they all lived in Lismore. When we got them they had the biggest hissy fit, it was the best moment of our lives because now we can all go together." A festival spokesperson said although most of the Byron Shire tickets were snapped up, a small number were still available. More festival tickets go on sale today from 9am on-line at www.splendourinthegrass.com or call 1300 762 545.



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