SPLENDOUR IN THE TUB
By HANNAH ROSS
CAMPERS were flocking to Byron Bay yesterday with tents, eskies and even couches, but no one was as prepared for the rigours of this weekend's Splendour in the Grass festival as Trout Christian.
The Lismore plumber and his friends were keen to show the rest of Australia 'how we do it around here' as they settled into their campsite at Belongil Fields late yesterday.
Apparently, 'around here', we do it in style.
Trout had loaded up the Trout's New World Plumbing truck with a huge cast iron vat he got from the Norco factory, a copper urn, yards of copper piping and a spa bath, no less.
Trout was rigging up the spa system so that a fire in the vat would heat water in the urn, which would flow back and forth along the copper pipes to keep the spa water piping hot.
With so much mud underfoot at the festival site yesterday, Trout said he expected he would have to change the spa water every hour or 'as the need arose'.
He said the spa had served him well at each and every Splendour in the Grass festival since they started in 2000 and had also been taken to many a party.
"We like to soothe our muscles after a hard day's grooving and we groove pretty hard," Trout said.
The three-person spa had even accommodated a total of 12 people at one festival.
The Lismore crew make a lot of friends every year at Splendour.
Trout said he also used the festival as an opportunity to catch up with old friends who now lived elsewhere.
"This is our big annual event and we see people we haven't see for ages. It's a very tribal gathering," he said.
The festival kicks off today at 1pm with a performance by Byron Bay band Atlantic.
Shuttle buses will be running from Byron Bay transit centre to the festival site throughout the weekend for a cost of $2. Day parking is also available on site.