The first day of Splendour In The Grass 2022 has been cancelled after weather conditions turned North Byron Parklands into a mudslide.
The chaos began Thursday evening when thousands of punters endured up to 12 hours of traffic in the rain just to enter the campsite; and arguably before that if you count the two consecutive years of cancellations/postponements thanks to COVID-19. Campers and even those who’d intended to day park were redirected soon after.
“Due to ongoing weather conditions, we can no longer accept any campers or vehicles including day parking at North Byron Parklands (NBP),” SITG organisers announced via social media.
“We thank you for your patience here and big shout out to our staff who are working around Mother Nature to get you in here safely.”
Bad graduated to certifiably worse when mass confusion stalled the festival’s start in the early hours of Friday. Crowds were told both Korean-Australian rappers 1300 at the Mixup Stage and George Alice at the GW Mclennan Tent would be delayed by at least half an hour.
Before long, every other major artist billed for a main stage performance on Friday – ranging from Still Woozy, Dillon Francis, and the DMAS, to Kacey Musgraves, The Avalanches (replacing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and The Gorillaz – received a notification the event wasn’t going ahead. At least not today.
“I wasted so much annual leave for this,” said one disgruntled patron.
“What am I going to do with this Powerade bottle full of [vodka]?” said another.
According to The Age, organisers are currently in discussion as to whether the festival will actually go ahead until Sunday as initially planned or if Splendour In The Grass 2022 will be cancelled altogether.
Stitch up of the century.