• 23
  • 1756
Image for Splendour one step closer to Byron Bay homecoming

Splendour one step closer toByron Bay homecoming

Splendour In The Grass promoters have made no secret of their desire to return the festival to its spiritual home in Byron Bay as soon as possible, and an Environmental Assessment Report just released by NSW Planning & Infrastructure indicates they are one step closer to making this dream a reality.

It has been over three years since the festival’s organisers purchased land at Yelgun in the North Byron Parkland, where they hope to establish the festival permanently. Since buying the new site Splendour has faced serious opposition from the local council who want to enforce a LEP (Local Environmental Plan) amendment which would limit major music events, that have 6000 patrons and take place over two days.

15 months in the making the lengthy report – which can be viewed online here – concludes that: “…the department considers the site Suitable for the proposed development, and is in the public interest. The department therefore recommends that the concept plan and Stages 1and 2 project approval be granted approved, subject to the recommended conditions of approval and proponent’s Statement of commitments.”

In a nutshell, the department has recommended approval for three major events a year at Yelgun with maximum crowds of 30,000, 25,000 and 15,000 for the three events over a maximum of 10 days in the first year. As reported in the Byron Shire News, it also recommends “approval be given down the track for events for up to 50,000 people if all key performance indicators are met.”

The application is now in the hands of the Planning and Assessment Commission who will make the final decision in the near future.

Speaking with Byron Shire News Splendour promoter Jess Ducrou described the report as “great news” and went on to say, “once there is a determination on the proposal we will be able to work out where Splendour will be held in 2012. Until that time we are solely focused on achieving approval for our site.”

When FL spoke to Jess before Splendour this year she told us that “Yelgun has a little more flexibility in its layout to custom build the site to our festival which is appealing. We also have the opportunity to custom build the site for our festival rather Woodford which is built for the Woodford Folk Festival. I just think it will make for the ultimate experience… we’ll be smaller for our first year, smaller than Woodford, because we want to get it right and it’s important for people coming to the show that it’s a smooth experience. And it’s important for the community that it doesn’t feel overwhelming to them either. It really is a year by year thing, we’ll make sure we get it right and everyone’s happy. There’s more space so it’ll be a more relaxed feeling than the last few years where it’s been a little more crowded.”

Comments

www.fasterlouder.com.au arrow left
42745
Haggy

Haggy said on the 8th Dec, 2011

hope they build an amphitheatre similar to the one at woodford and hoping for apporoval

crob

crob said on the 8th Dec, 2011



werd... i really liked the woodford amphitheatre

tauiwi

tauiwi said on the 8th Dec, 2011

Yeah I liked the woodford site amphitheatre, added to the uniqueness

Slip_dog

Slip_dog said on the 8th Dec, 2011

Yeah NSW needs another festival back for sure, they don't have enough already.

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 8th Dec, 2011

I'd return to splendour if it was back in Byron

Scooter mcgavin

Scooter mcgavin said on the 8th Dec, 2011

I know that Woodford is meant to be a great venue etc, but as a lazy Melbournian and a general fan of the Byron shire, only going to Splendour when its back at Byron/when its slightly more affordable.

chrisdsingh

chrisdsingh said on the 9th Dec, 2011

yeh didnt attend any of the woodford shows, would def attend if it was back in byron. even if it's not as central as it used to be.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 9th Dec, 2011

Really? I'd say it's one step further away, unless those numbers get lifted. Bluesfest is the 30000, are Splendour really going to downgrade their audience to 20000, versus staying in woodford with its larger size?

craig123

craig123 said on the 9th Dec, 2011

bluesfest is it's own festival in it's own location - nothing to do with Yelgun ... (unless i missed something).

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 9th Dec, 2011

Ahh okay, that's that Sorted. So what's the capacity of Splendour at woodford?

Hinee

Hinee said on the 9th Dec, 2011



other than distance... why?

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 9th Dec, 2011



Distance, sentimental value and i loved staying in Byron for the week. Last spebsour I drove most of the time so the travel from Byron centre to yelgun wouldnt bother me. Plus its not in qld, that's always a positive

Piko

Piko said on the 10th Dec, 2011

Yer QLD has those not full strength alcohol at festivals law. A move to Byron is worth it just for that!

There is nothing more wrong than a main stage full of people too sober to mosh.

craig123

craig123 said on the 10th Dec, 2011

SITG @woodford was around the 32 mark i think all up. Either way it was bigger than belongil fields could ever be. Bonus on new site is it is relatively flat in the main areas ... so not as bad as woodford hills.

I thought the mid strength thing was in NSW as well ???

Piko

Piko said on the 11th Dec, 2011



I thought the mid strength thing was in NSW as well ???

Nah, but I know Newcastle council has implemented a mid strength rule. Otherwise sometimes the promoters decide to just go mid strength. BDO, Playground and Homebake all serve full strength. Mind you BDO does switch to mids halfway thru the eve.

crob

crob said on the 11th Dec, 2011

... Bonus on new site is it is relatively flat in the main areas ... so not as bad as woodford hills.


i found the amphitheatre hill side was the best things about woodford.... it was awesome that you sit down, chill out n watch a band

Scooter mcgavin

Scooter mcgavin said on the 11th Dec, 2011

Hills are good for sitting, I hate it when everyone is sitting around the front of a band kills the atmosphere, When the holidays played at harvest everyone was sitting in the tent and late comers such as myself could not even get in, would be outraged if it was a bigger band that I had never seen. Damn you flat ground and tents!

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 11th Dec, 2011

Yeah, I was thinking during Mogwai that all the venue really needed to make it perfect was a nice hill so I could lay down at the back and still see the band

jack sh1t

jack sh1t said on the 14th Dec, 2011

parramatta park was chosen for harvest because of a natural ampitheatre we never got to see. there were issues with security and access at the last minute that saw the whole site reconfigured and that whole area left off limits. damn shame.

i'm stoked yelgun is coming along at last for splendour. there's a tunnel between two valleys!

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 14th Dec, 2011



This makes me a sad panda

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3219/3557186113_3c60976054_z.jpg

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 14th Dec, 2011

I was wondering why the setup was all changed from the one on the site.