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Splendour in the Grass 2009 – SOLD OUT

Splendour in the Grass is one of our favorite festival, great bands, exciting atmosphere – and easy (parking, plenty of room, variety of food, and everyone’s having fun). Clearly, I’m not the only person who feels this way with the festival selling out in under 2 hours. Here’s what their press release had to say;

Organisers would like to advise that at 10.15am today 14 May, Splendour In The Grass weekend and camping tickets to the 2009 event, taking place Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July at Belongil Fields in Byron Bay, have completely sold out. “’We are yet again in awe of the interest in Splendour, thanks to everyone for your support and embracing our ticketing process with its anti scalping features and carbon offsetting option.” said Event Producers – Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco

From the feedback I’ve had and lurking on forums, it looks like the ticketing went smoothly too.

Raggamuffin 2009 – Reggae Festival in Byron Bay

Following the overwhelming success of the inaugural reggae festival Raggamuffin, fans will be delighted to hear it’s happening all over again with Raggamuffin 2009.

Ziggy Marley, Eddy Grant, Ali Campbell, Shaggy, Arrested Development, Inner Circle and Bonjah will perform at six events nationally and one in New Zealand, kicking off on January 24 in Perth. Raggamuffin played to more than 70,000 ecstatic fans through February this year, emphatically proving that reggae is alive and well! This year’s event again offers a six hour musical feast of the world’s best reggae artists, with a healthy dose of funk, dub, hip hop and soul. It will be the first ever visit to Australia by Eddy Grant.

So there you have it… seven great bands providing a veritable musical reggae feast, welcome to Raggamuffin 2009!

Check out the website www.raggamuffin.com.au for all the details.

Splendour In The Grass Wraps Up At Belongil Fields For 2008

I had a blast again this year – got a big kick from seeing DEVO. The rest of my family enjoyed The Grates, The Panics, Band of Horses, Operator Please, etc. The weather was warm & dry, the food was great… all up an excellent festival. Read the official Splendour wrap up and we’ll do it all again next year.

Here’s what the organisers had to say… What a weekend! In what has been described as the biggest, best Splendour in the Grass ever, over 17,500 music fans congregated over the weekend in Byron Bay to celebrate a musical and cultural extravaganza featuring the very cream of international and Australia music artists, art, theatre, markets, food and culture. Byron locals The Black Stars kicked off musical proceedings on Saturday and the vibe and the energy never stopped. At the Big Top stage, a cranked up crowd saw Gold Coast teen superstars Operator Please give us a glimpse of our musical future.

Leeds funksters The Music and Scottish melody makers The Fratellis, and the world’s hottest new band US-based The Cold War Kids showed exactly why we should believe the hype, while rock gods Gyroscope and The Galvatrons performed storming sets that kept the Aussie flag flying against the bright blue skies. The Living End capped a comeback year with a set of epic proportions before Devo came, saw and conquered with a set featuring their old hits – complete with yellow jumpsuits and flowerpot heads, as if the eighties were reborn. Over at the Grant McLennan Stage, indie favourites The Drones, powerhouse chanteuse Claire Bowditch and US bearded wonders, The Band of Horses sang songs of breath taking beauty and depth. The Polyphonic Spree with their choir of 18, completed the evening with a hands in the air, hands on your heart spiritual experience. Over at the Mix Up Tent, our socks were rockin’, our buns were shakin’ and our feet never stopped movin’. NZ’s Scribe and Bliss N Eso played music with a message, while Australia’s Pnau, complete with dancing fruit showed us why Elton John had recently become enamoured with their music. The enigma that is Tricky took the crowd on a dark and light musical journey to finish off the night. On Sunday, the great vibe and brilliant weather continued.

At the Big Top, Melbourne’s British India showed why they are Australia’s band to watch, US band Vampire Weekend had the crowd jumping with their afro beat while Liverpool UK’s The Wombats stormed home with a set which made them the most talked about band this weekend. Iceland’s Sigur Ros, whose epic tunes and soaring melodies lifted the audience to a higher place while Wolfmother, held their status as Australia’s top rock band. At The Mix Up Tent, Katalyst lived up to his reputation of rocking the house right, while other highlights were the UK’s New Young Pony Club, and The Presets, who complete with pink tuxes and bowties showed why they are one of the biggest bands in Australia, with a cranking set. The GW McLennan Tent continued to showcase the world’s best songwriters. The crowd gave it up for former Go-Between Robert Forster and home grown favourites The Panics, while Mr Ben Lee, with his quirky charm rounded off the night with a beautiful soulful set of soaring beauty.

This year Splendour upgraded their medical response team by using Queensland’s largest provider of first aid services, Emergency First Aid Services, to provide a comprehensive care package for patrons. Stephen Barnes (Emergency First Aid Services Representative) said, “Most treatments were for minor complaints, such as blisters, cuts and abrasions. A doctor was on hand to care for a few pre-existing medical conditions that presented throughout the weekend, and thanks to this, transports to hospital were well down on last year’s event.” So as the sun sets on Splendour’s final year at Belongil Fields before we move on to our new home at Yelgun for 2009, we say goodbye to another year of amazing music, incredible vibes and the most fun you can cram into a weekend. See you next year & thanks for the memories! Splendour in the Grass Team

2008 Splendour in the Grass Music Festival

The dates and venue for the 2008 Splendour Festival have just been announced: 2 & 3 August at Belongil Fields, Byron Bay.

Here’s the press release;

OK music lovers. It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and put these key dates in your calendar for the much-anticipated SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS event for 2008.

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS will return this winter, Saturday August 2nd and Sunday August 3rd, to be staged in the beautiful sub tropics of Northern NSW’s Byron Bay.

And despite efforts to stage the forthcoming event at the proposed new site of North Byron Shire Parklands, organisers can confirm that SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS will for this year be held at Belongil Fields in Byron Bay, where it has been staged successfully for the past 7 years.

Now in its 8th year, SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS will continue to deliver performances by some of the finest music acts in Australia and around the world.

Tickets for the 2008 SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS will be on sale in May with first artists on the line-up to be announced late April. Watch this space for all this and more.

To keep up to date with festival information visit www.splendourinthegrass.com

For a wide choice of available accommodation visit our Splendour Accommodation Guide

I can’t wait!

Bangalow Music Festival 2008 : 29-31 August

An inspired paradise brimming with blissful music Described by legendary Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe as “the most exciting festival, outside a capital city…” the Bangalow Music Festival combines world-class musicians with captivating programming, delicious food and a festive atmosphere all surrounded by the sub-tropical beauty of the heritage township of Bangalow, NSW.

Opening on Friday 29 August and running through until Sunday 31 August, the program for the Festival comprises a colourful and dramatic range of musical styles, from renaissance song, through the delights of Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert, to the drama and electricity of Hartmann and contemporary Australian music by Brett Dean, James Ledger (Southern Cross Soloists’ Composer in Focus for 2008) and Gerard Brophy. The Festival welcomes several top performers making their debut at Bangalow this year, including Ian Munro, piano; Graeme Jennings, violin; Julian Smiles, cello; Kees Boersma, double bass; and young pianist, Denny Liu, from New Zealand.

Also performing at the Festival for the first time will be Southern Cross Soloists2, an initiative of Southern Cross Soloists and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Students of the same instrumentation as Southern Cross Soloists are auditioned to take part in this mentoring program, creating a ‘mini-version’ of the existing music ensemble, with the addition of a flautist. Favourite Bangalow guests returning to the stage this year include guitarist Slava Grigoryan, the renowned Grainger Quartet, violist Patricia Pollett, the Queensland Choir and members of the Bangalow Festival Chamber Orchestra.

BANGALOW MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008 Friday 29 to Sunday 31 August

Concert Venues: Concerts 1 to 8: A&I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow, NSW, Concert 9: St Kevin’s Church, Deacon Street, Bangalow, NSW - Seating is limited to 300.

Tickets range from $45 (single ticket) to $260 (single nine-concert subscription).

2008 Byron Bay Festival & Event Season

May through August each year sees Byron Bay host a wide variety of events & festivals – something for everybody.

30 April – 4 May : Byron Underwater Festival, visit www.underwaterfestival.com.au.

4 May : Winter Whales Ocean Classic, 2.2km Ocean Swim.

10 May : Byron Bay Triathlon, Olympic Distance Triathlon.

May 24 – June 1 : FEHVA, The festival for art lovers and artists, visit www.fehva.com.

25-27 July : Byron Bay Writers Festival, visit www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au.

2 & 3 August : Splendour in the Grass, tickets on sale in May, visit www.splendourinthegrass.com.

So if you’re interested in the ocean, fitness, art &/or music – and looking for an excusse to visit Byron this winter, I suggest you start planning now.

5 Tips for Booking Your Byron Bay Blues Festival Accommodation

If you’re planning to come to the Byron Bay Blues Festival for the first time – or even if you’ve been before, there are a few things you should keep in mind as you’re looking for your ideal place to stay. Before we get to the ‘tips’, the thing to remember is that Byron Bay is a small town – the larger annual festivals do attract more people than the town can accommodate… particularly when you take into account that the festival’s artists and crew are also staying here. Plus many people who come every year – re-book the same place each year. Here are my 5 tips to booking accommodation for the Blues Festival;

1. People : You need to know how many people are staying with you. Accommodation in Byron is very strict on maximum numbers… sneaking a few extra friends in to sleep on the floor won’t be tolerated and could result in loss of bond &/or eviction. There are places to stay that sleep one to a limited number of places that sleep up to 10 people. Most places have 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms.

2. Duration : It’s a five day festival, most of the accommodation has a minimum stay of 5 or 7 nights. There are a few properties with 3 or less minimum night stay – if you can only come for a few nights, grab one of these ASAP.

3. Location : For 2008, the Festival has moved back to Belongil Fields – which is located on Ewingsdale Rd (the road you take from the highway into Byron Bay) about 2.5 km from the centre of town. Shirley St and Belongil offer a 2-3 km walk to and from the festival, all of Byron Bay is serviced by shuttle buses, with accommodation in the hinterland and nearby villages offering their own charms.

4. Price : The Easter long weekend is just about the most expensive time of year to stay in Byron Bay. As a rule of thumb the closer to the festival or Beach and the shorter you stay – the more expensive it will be. In Byron Bay expect to pay $75-$125 per person per night – more for luxury, less if you stay out of town.

5. How to Book : The sooner you start the wider choice you’ll have. You will have to secure your booking with a deposit (often 50%), and you may loose it for a late cancellation.

2007 Fatherhood Festival

The fourth annual Fatherhood Festival, to be held in and around Bangalow and Byron Bay over the weekend of August 31st – Sunday September 2nd (Father’s Day), got a jumpstart last Tuesday when Channel 7′s Sunrise program recorded live to air from Bangalow. Ken Bright ran a tool box workshop for Dads and Kids, Lisa Parkes had dads in wild relay races with their kids, and the Nappywrap founds had babies and dolls safety-pin free while attending to a parents most important task. The full weekend program of concerts, workshops and activities for the whole family will be announced shortly. Keep informed at www.fatherhoodfestival.com

New Years Eve 2006 – Safe Community Event

The Byron Bay Safety Committee has been formulating the program for a safe community event for this year’s new years eve in Byron Bay.

“With the success of last year’s low key, community based, alcohol free, new year event,  the same formula is planned for this year to ensure a safe night” said Chair of the committee, Mayor Jan Barham. “Council has sought an approval from the Minister for Local Government for the alcohol prohibition again as this was a key factor in providing safety for everyone.  This year it has been decided to not close off Lawson Street and focus the event on the beachfront reserves and minimise the impact on local businesses”.

“The event will commence at 3pm with childrens’ activities and market stalls at the beach front. The popular parade will feature again and there is a request to the community to join in by starting to prepare costumes and group presentations. The committee is also calling for stallholders to make an expression of interest to have food and craft stalls on the night and an opportunity for community groups to have free stalls to showcase their work and activities.” A grant application has been made to seek support for providing workshops to offer training in music and the performing arts to allow them to engage in the night’s event.

The committee thanks those local performers who have offered their talents for the night and buskers are invited to apply to perform on the night.

The Safety Committee also appreciates the generous donations from businesses for prizes for the parade and is hoping that there may be other support offered to assist in the provision of necessary infrastructure for the night.

I Went to Splendour

Plenty of highlights again this year - more mud too.

The Great;

  • The total excitement on my 11 year olds face
  • Sonic Youth
  • The Zutons
  • The Grates
  • ... and Brian Wilson

The Good;

  • Market stalls (same as previous years)
  • Food stalls (same as previous years)

The Bad;

  • Slow moving through the mud
  • More people (componded by the mud)

All up - another excellent Splendour. If you get the chance to go next year - you should.Enough from me, here's what the Splendour people say; Good Vibrations Abound.......

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2006 has drawn to a close, celebrating its 6th birthday with many magical musical moments. Organisors would like to praise the 17,500 strong audience for their largely sunny disposition and friendly camaraderie during the two day camp fest.

Due to overnight rain, there were delays opening gates. We thank all our patrons for their patience. Once we were up and running, the new personalised ticketing system was a smashing success.

On Saturday July 22nd, St John Ambulance treated approximately 200 patrons for minor injuries consisting primarily of blisters, bruises, scratches, headaches and vomiting. Seven people were transported to hospital for further observation. On Sunday July 23rd approximately 150 patrons were treated for similar minor complaints and three patrons were transported to local hospitals for further observation for suspected drug / alcohol intoxication.

The TENT OF MIRACLES stage performed weddings, baptisms, exorcisms and the odd confession and the WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE STAGE saw the whacky and the wonderful.

The inaugural G.W MCLENNAN Theatre stage proved to be a smashing success with numerous artists from BOB EVANS and CLARE BOWDITCH to MOGWAI, JOSE GONZALEZ and AUGIE MARCH filling the new space to capacity.

On Saturday, TV ON THE RADIO played an astonishing set while New York guitar heroes SONIC YOUTH blazed their way through a headline set that capped off day one in the Super Top. Meanwhile DJ SHADOW, PAUL MAC, and the AVALANCHES had punters in the Mix Up tent dancing up a storm.

The Sunday line-up was tremendous – from THE ZUTONS and YOU AM I to SNOW PATROL, YEAH YEAH YEAHS and a welcome return by mystery band THE VINES who played a scorching set – their first major Australian festival performance since 2003 Homebake. WOLFMOTHER electrified the audience in the Mix Up tent and SCISSOR SISTERS delivered a set of high camp pop tunes and previewed new material from their forthcoming album.

The legendary BRIAN WILSON and his extraordinary band delivered the sing-along set of the event, entrancing a multi generational audience with hit after hit after hit ending with the beautiful ‘Love and Mercy’.

And so it is that SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS has wrapped up for another year. We’ve loved it and hope our audience did too.

We’d like to thank the majority of our patrons for embracing the event in the spirit in which its intended. We’ll see you next year.

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