Traffic queued for up to three hours to enter the Woodford Folk Festival site for Splendour.
Traffic queued for up to three hours to enter the Woodford Folk Festival site for Splendour.

Splendour celebrates

SO THIS is how you celebrate a 10th anniversary.

Invite about 30,000 of your closest friends to a party and then invite two-thirds of them to sleep over.

Unfortunately, most of the ‘friends’ chose to arrive at the same time, resulting in a massive queue which moved snail-like towards its destination, with police issuing warnings to people to postpone their journeys until late last night.

In spite of a small but vocal bunch of party-poopers who sent Splendour in the Grass north to Queensland for 2010, thousands of music fans began pouring into Woodford yesterday to revel in one of the biggest (and best) festival line-ups ever assembled in Australia.

About 30,000 tickets were sold to sell-out the festival, with about 20,000 people choosing to camp on-site at Woodford, on the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Organisers view the move to Queensland as a temporary relocation – the event’s producers have been working towards establishing a permanent sustainable event venue to stage the festival at a 260-hectare site in the north of the Byron Shire.

The chosen site, named North Byron Parklands, is undergoing a comprehensive approval process with the NSW Department of Planning after the Land and Environment Court revoked a consent granted by Byron Shire Council to hold a ‘one-off’ trial event.

Meanwhile, the party continues at Woodford, with more then 80 acts performing across three main stages over the festival weekend.

The party kicked off last night with a bang when Gold Coast dance floor doctors, Tijuana Cartel, raised the temperature of the sweat-covered masses that were jammed in front of the Temple Stage.

Earlier in the evening, groove goddess Deya Dova, voice wizard Mr Percival, along with the harmonic Blackbirds and guitar genius of Nathan Kaye warmed up the revellers from the threatening rain outside.

The Gyoto Monks from Tibet got things under way at sunset, when they cleared away any bad vibes in the Woodford air with their chanting of ancient Buddhist mantras.

Today

Washington, GW McLennan Tent from 2.45pm

Yeasayer, Amphitheatre from 3.30pm

Alberta Cross, GW McLennan Tent from 4pm

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Amphitheatre from 6.15pm

Hot Chip, Mix Up from 7.15pm

Angus and Julia Stone, Amphitheatre from 7.45pm

Bag Raiders, Mix Up from 8.15pm

The Temper Trap, Amphitheatre from 9.15pm

LCD Soundsystem, Mix Up from 10pm

Ben Harper and Relentless7, from 10.45pm



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