Splendour tickets just for locals
By TABATHA FULKER
SPLENDOUR In the Grass organisers have announced there will be a limited release of tickets sold to Byron Shire residents.
With tickets for the rock festival selling out in less than 36 hours, shire residents have an opportunity to bypass scalpers selling tickets at inflated prices.
June has been touted as the month for the extra ticket release, though a date is yet to be confirmed.
Festival promoter, Viv Fantin, said Splendour's lawyers were pursuing breaches in ticket sales.
With just 14,000 tickets made available to the public last Monday, tickets were sold on the condition that they not be sold at a premium. Weekend passes, originally sold for $125, are now being offered on the internet auction site eBay for $415.
"It's a murky issue and lawyers are talking to eBay," Ms Fantin said.
"Splendour has sent cease and desist letters to vendors selling tickets at inflated prices and this will be chased further."
The small but popular festival is taking a stand on scalpers to protect the integrity of the 'little guy'.
"The festival itself is small, with way more demand than supply," Ms Fantin said.
"The flip side is that everyone wants tickets. It is frustrating that legitimate ticket buyers miss out. We've decided it's important that we don't just let it happen."
The late release of tickets will be made available to Byron Shire residents only.
ID and proof of residency will be required for purchase.
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