Splendour in the Grass

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Splendour in the Grass festival is an indie, rock and electronic music festival that takes place in July near Byron Bay, on the Eastern-most point of mainland Australia. The festival takes its suggestive name from a work by the English romantic poet, William Wordsworth.

The festival has been ongoing since 2001, and has become an established presence in the Australian festival season.

Vibe

The festival has a relaxed atmosphere that embraces the breathtaking natural scenery. The festival is aimed mostly at 20-something year olds. While there is certainly a lot of partying, and some drug use, it is also accessible to the more chilled out festival-goer.

While the area usually attracts a lot of tourism, and a younger crowd, due to it being held in the winter, and off season, the area becomes somewhat more exclusive.

Lineup

The 2013 lineup included Mumford & Sons, The Klaxxons, Babyshambles, Empire of the Sun, Of Monsters and Men, and Passion Pit.

Stages

Beyond the main stage there are 7 other stages:

Tipi Forest

As the name might suggest, the tipi decorated stage is set in a forest clearing where revelers can enjoy raving to electronic music.

Global Village

A place where festival goers can try their hand at making art, learning circus moves, and more. Includes an eclectic mix of musicians and performers who organise workshops.

Splendour Forum

This socially conscious area is devoted to live discussions about sensitive issued, as well as documentary screenings and live comedy.

Smirnoff Cocktail Bar

A bar with an area for dancing.

Red Bull Music Academy

A place to hone your musical skills in specialised music workshops.

Buskers Stage

Basically what it sounds like. A place where buskers can preform.

Mexican Cantina

A place to get some spicy South American fare and enjoy hot salsa and reggaeton beats.

Volunteering

Unfortunately the festival only accepts volunteers through referrals.