One of the largest music festivals in Australia, Splendour In The Grass is back again for another weekend of music and arts this winter. And its 2020 edition is expected to be a huge celebration, as the NME Award-nominated festival marks its 20th birthday.
Get the lowdown on the festival, from lineup details to ticketing information to sideshow gigs, with NME Australia’s guide to Splendour.
What’s the latest news?
- Splendour In The Grass 2020 is rescheduled to July 2021.
- Splendour In The Grass has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
- Splendour In The Grass sells out of tickets an hour after they go on sale.
- The lineup has been released, featuring Flume, The Strokes, Tyler, The Creator, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more.
Will Splendour In The Grass go ahead this year?
No. Splendour In The Grass organisers have confirmed that its 2020 edition has officially been postponed to the following year.
On June 10, the festival revealed that its 20th anniversary celebration has been rescheduled to July 2021 in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We have been monitoring the situation closely for the past few months and while Australia is now moving into the recovery phase, there is no timeline yet around the opening of international borders,” they said in a press statement.
The new postponement comes after the March 17 announcement, in which organisers said it was pushing back the event from July 2020 to October 2020.
The original postponement was in response to the government ban on “non-essential” mass gatherings, which came into effect on March 16. “After careful consideration and consultation with our artists, crew and stakeholders, in these unpredictable times we have decided, as a precautionary measure, to move Splendour In The Grass 2020 out of the winter months,” a statement read.
All headliners and a majority of the planned acts will still to perform at the new dates, according to the organisers. “We are not expecting any major upsets to the lineup thanks to the incredible support of the artists playing Splendour,” they said.
Tickets for the previous October dates will continue to be valid for the new 2021 dates. Punters who are unable to attend the rescheduled festival can apply for a refund. More information available on the Splendour In The Grass website here.
When does Splendour In The Grass 2020 take place?
Splendour In The Grass is a three-day music festival. It kicks off on Friday, July 23, 2021 and will conclude on Sunday, July 25, 2021.
Where will Splendour In The Grass be staged in 2020?
For its 20th anniversary bash, Splendour In The Grass will return to North Byron Parklands in Yelgun, New South Wales. Splendour was previously held at Belongil Fields for seven years since its inception in 2001, before it was forced to move out to Woodford in 2010 and 2011. In 2013, the festival confirmed Byron Bay as its permanent location.
Who’s on the lineup for Splendour In The Grass 2020?
The first wave of acts for Splendour In The Grass 2020 was unveiled on February 19. The lineup, in alphabetical order, is:
Alex The Astronaut
Brame & Hamo
Flume (Australia only)
Midnight Oil (The Makarrata Project)
Mo’Ju (FKA Mojo Juju)
Northeast Party House
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Sampa The Great
Shannon And The Clams
Shantan Wantan Ichiban
The Big Moon
The Jungle Giants
The Lazy Eyes
The Soul Movers
Tyler, The Creator (Australia only)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
In November, a leaked RATM tour poster sparked rumours that the Los Angeles rock band would perform at Splendour 2020. But Splendour organisers put paid to rumours on Instagram months later, saying that they had “tried our very best” to bring RATM in, but weren’t able to due to conflicting schedules.
What are the set times for Splendour In The Grass 2020?
Splendour In The Grass usually announces set times in July, sometime before the festival kicks off. However, the timeline for this is unknown this year as the festival has been pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Who’s playing Splendour In The Grass sideshows?
The sideshows for Splendour 2020 have not yet been revealed. The gigs won’t be announced until closer to the festival date, but if previous announcements are any indication, the list of shows could be confirmed as early as April. Keep your eyes peeled.
How old do you have to be to attend Splendour In The Grass 2020?
Good news, kids (and parents), Splendour is open to punters of all ages! Attendees aged 13 and above must purchase a ticket to enter the festival ground, while children under 12 years of age can enter for free.
But that being said, all ticket holders under the age of 15 must be accompanied by at least a parent or an adult guardian with a valid event ticket. Minors who arrive without an adult guardian will not be permitted to enter the festival. Read more on the festival’s youth policy here.
How do I get tickets to Splendour? How much do Splendour tickets cost?
General admission tickets to Splendour In The Grass went on sale on Thursday, 27 February at 9am AEST – and sold out within an hour.
Fans who didn’t manage to secure their passes can sign up to the festival’s waitlist for future ticket updates.
The festival has also asked that fans who missed out on camping tickets “be patient”, as they are “working through other solutions”.
✨ #SITG2020 is now sold out! Sign up to the waitlist for any future ticket updates here: https://t.co/k4DVenBdB4
If you missed out on camping tickets be patient as we are working through other solutions. Sign up and watch this space." pic.twitter.com/oy1s6n9LlD
— SplendourintheGrass (@SITG) February 26, 2020
General three-day tickets for Splendour were priced at $399 while single-day tickets cost $189. Three-day and single-day VIP Village tickets cost $599 and $299, respectively. Meanwhile, Camping tickets were an additional $148.
In an effort to help with the nationwide bushfire, punters had the option to donate to WIRES when purchasing their tickets. More bushfire initiatives by Splendour will be announced later on.
A limited amount of VIP Village passes was released at the end of 2019 and in January, the festival opened membership applications, which guaranteed 2020 tickets for lucky punters who have attended Splendour for at least five years.