BRISBANE, Australia – After two editions were wiped out by the pandemic, the first day of Splendor in the Grass 2022 was sunk by Mother Nature.
Inclement weather turned the venue into a quagmire on the eve of this year’s show, held July 22-24 in Byron Bay, the picturesque beach town at the busiest point. of Australia.
By midday on Friday (July 22), the land was deemed unmanageable.
“In the interest of safe patrolling and in consultation with all relevant emergency services,” read a statement from Splendor organizers, “we have decided to proceed with caution and cancel canceled all performances on the main stage today.”
The reason: a “critical weather system” currently off the east coast of the country, “could reach land later today, bringing more rain.”
Statement from Splendor in Grass Organizing Committee pic.twitter.com/zcROtIEKex
– SplendourintheGrass (@SITG) July 22, 2022
The situation came as a shock to the estimated 50,000 festival fans who were on site or en route to the event, which sold out weeks ago and for the first time since 2019.
Those who have not arrived are asked not to enter the yard on Friday while staff work on repairs.
The Splendor crew will be busy. Clips and photos of the laps on social media show a site submerged in water and mud.
– Tobi Loftus (@tobiloftus) July 21, 2022
This year’s program at North Byron Parklands by international companies Gorillaz, Strokes, Tyler, The Creator, Liam Gallagher, Glass Animals, and a local talent pool that includes The Avalanches, Violent Soho, DMA’S, Amyl And The Sniffers and many more.
Since its first edition in 2001, the midwinter festival has hosted rock, pop, hip-hop and electronic stars, from Coldplay to Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West, Tame Impala, Lorde and many other artists.
However, its recent history has been fraught with problems that no one could have foreseen.
The pandemic has wrecked the best-laid plans for the 2020 show and, with more than half of Australia’s population then on lockdown, an event for late July 2021 has been scrapped. Instead, organizers have come up with a bold plan for a bespoke VR experience, which includes around 50 exclusive performances.
Splendor, one of the biggest music festivals Down Under, is produced by Secret Sounds Group, a part of Live Nation since 2016.
https://www.billboard.com/pro/australia-splendour-in-the-grass-cancels-day-1-weather-system/ Australia’s grassland splendor cancels Day 1 Due to bad weather – Billboard