Last dance for Byron festival

REVELLERS arrived at Splendour in the Grass over the weekend armed with gumboots and memories of a cold, wet and muddy winter festival.

This year, however, rubber boots were simply making a fashion statement as the sun shone on what would be the last Splendour in the Grass festival held at Belongil Fields in Byron Bay.

Wearing a ruby-red pair of wellies, Hannah Walton was pleasantly surprised by the two days of sunshine which set the mood for a music festival where everyone was keen for a chat at the camping ground and between acts.

“The weather has been just perfect, and because it was so hard to get tickets to this thing I think everyone is just really excited to be here,” the Wollongong girl said of her first Splendour experience.

The lucky 17,500 festival goers, who snatched up tickets during the six hours it took for the event to sell out, were treated to a diverse bill of international and Australian acts.

The festival was headlined by 80s pop sensation Devo, who whipped the crowd into shape with a dynamic performance and gave a few lucky punters a valuable eBay item when they threw their iconic flower pot hats into the crowd.

While some punters stuck to a strict schedule so they wouldn't miss their favourite acts while travelling through the large crowds between stages, others, including Rockhampton mates Mitch Roberts and Cale Anderson, were happy just to wander through the crowd in their matching Bjorn Borg tennis outfits.

“It's amazing how many people have just started chatting to us because of our outfits,” Cale said.

The festival will be held at a larger site in Yelgun next year, where it is expected to attract more than 20,000 people.

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