SPLENDID: International performer Moby was one of the acts at this year?s Splendour in the Grass.
SPLENDID: International performer Moby was one of the acts at this year?s Splendour in the Grass.

More patrons for Splendour

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

Plan to sell extra tickets angers local residents

ORGANISERS of next year's Splendour in the Grass music festival want to allow an extra 3500 revellers through the gates.

It took just 24 hours for this year's 14,000 tickets to sell out, with an investigation launched into scalpers buying in bulk and selling online.

Next year, organisers want to increase the number of tickets to 17,500 and have applied for permission from the Byron Shire Council to do so.

Council staff have recommended next year's event be approved, but said councillors could refuse the request for additional patrons and limit the ticket sales to 14,000.

A report by council staff, which will be debated at Tuesday's council meeting, says: "The site and associated management measures have demonstrated the event can be run without any adverse impacts on the site, surrounds or amenity of the locality.

"It is recommended the application be approved, subject to appropriate conditions, largely relating to management of potential impacts associated with traffic, pedestrian, noise, sewerage and the camping site in general."

Festival organiser Jessica Decrous was yesterday unavailable to comment on exactly why they wanted a bigger crowd.

Ewingsdale Progress Association spokeswoman Rikki Grinberg said she was extremely concerned by the plans.

"We think Splendour in the Grass is a great event, but the roads and infrastructure struggle to cope with the amount of people," she said.

She said it was difficult to imagine 3500 more revellers.

"Many Ewingsdale residents just can't get into town on the weekend of Splendour and already go elsewhere for shopping," she said.

"This is a huge concern for us."

Next year's band line-up is expected to be announced in April, while tickets go on sale in May.

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