Splendour rocks Byron with 35,000 fans partying hard
By HELEN JACK
GETTING a ticket to this year's Splendour In The Grass was like finding a hen's tooth amidst the spinifex.
So those lucky enough to get through the gates of the Byron Bay music festival made the most of it and partied hard.
Young people swarmed across the Belongil Fields, with one Brisbane mob claiming they found a way of jumping the queue to buy their tickets online.
Preferring to remain anonymous, the group spokesman said they were finally successful during the festival's second ticket release after a friend emailed them an Internet link.
Drew Farquhar, 18, of Brisbane, said this year's festival was his first, but vowed he'd be back.
"It's too big to comprehend really," he said.
"It will take coming to another festival to really understand how the whole thing fits together.
"Splendour is much better than any Brisbane festival.
"The atmosphere is three times as big, better music and bigger tents."
Standing with a big feather in his hair Alistair Lamond, of Sydney, said he and 11 mates had spent two days on the road to get to Splendour.
"The feather is so we can easily see each other in this big crowd," he said.
"It's our first time to Splendour but we did a similar thing at the Falls Festival, but there we wore pink singlets."
A Splendour organiser spokeswoman said the 17,500 people who had attended the event eacxh day had been well behaved.
"The festival is now an international event attracting media attention from Europe for the first time," the spokeswoman said.