Splendour In The Grass 2022 cancels Friday main stage performances amid challenging weather conditions

Smaller stages will remain open to attendees who are already on the festival grounds, though new entries will not be permitted for the day

The organisers of Splendour In The Grass have issued a statement announcing the cancellation of main stage performances today (July 22) due to challenging weather conditions.

The statement confirms that the festival has decided to “err on the side of caution and cancel performances on the main stages today only – Amphitheatre, Mix Up, GW McLennan and Park(lands) Stages” while other small stages remain open.

However, no new attendees will be permitted into the festival grounds. “Day patrons are asked not to attend the festival today while we work on repairs,” the organisers wrote.

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Refunds will be available for those affected, with more details arriving in the coming week.

Check out the complete statement below.

A significant weather system is currently sitting off the east coast and may reach land later today bringing more rainfall. In the interest of patron safety and in consultation with all relevant emergency services, we have decided to err on the side of caution and cancel performances on the main stages today only – Amphitheatre, Mix Up, GW McLennan and Park(lands) Stages. All of our destination spaces (Global Village, Tipi Forest, Forum, Comedy and Science tents etc.) will remain open today for patrons who are already onsite as well as those at our satellite campground at Byron Events Farm. Please relax and enjoy what is open.

Day patrons are asked not to attend to the festival today while we work on repairs.
In the coming week Moshtix will be in contact with the ticket holders affected directly, via the email address used to purchase their ticket, for further information on refunds. We ask for patience while we work through the refund process.

Please be assured that our event team is working very hard to provide the best experience possible under the current circumstances.

We look forward to Saturday and Sunday programming moving ahead as planned.”

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The cancellation comes after the festival organisers said yesterday (July 21) that “the show will go on, rain, hail or shine” amid rainy and muddy conditions at the festival site.

Splendour acknowledged in a social media statement “some challenging weather conditions that are causing delays with traffic when entering the festival”. “We are doing our absolute best to get everyone in safety,” it read.

“The weather and staff shortages were all worse than expected,” Splendour said in a second statement that also announced an extension to campgrounds entry hours in light of the queues to get in.

“We are doing the best we can – the show will go on rain, hail or shine.”

The festival was supposed to begin today with performances from Confidence Man, Wet Leg, Yungblud and headliners Gorillaz.

Splendour attendees have been sharing experiences of hours-long car queues to get into the festival site and campgrounds, with some campers reportedly having to choose between sleeping in their cars or the wet campgrounds.

This morning Splendour said it would not be able to accept more campers or vehicles, including day parkers at its North Byron Parklands site, due to the weather, and would have to divert new campers and cars to Byron Events Farm in Tyagarah, NSW.

Splendour co-founder Jessica Ducrou told the ABC that the festival had planned for wet weather but faced “a new level of weather” last night, acknowledging that Friday would be “pretty challenging” for both Splendour staff and attendees. “Some things are just outside of our control and I think the actual volume of rain that we’ve had is way more than expected.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecasted rain in the Byron Bay area for today and tomorrow, though Sunday is expected to be “mostly sunny”. This morning it issued a severe weather warning for parts of Northern Rivers Forecast District, which includes Byron Bay, owing to a developing East Coast Low off the south coast of Queensland.

A spokesperson for the State Emergency Service told The Daily Telegraph (via news.com.au) that “there’s heaps of rain in the campgrounds, but it’s not flooded. It’s just still water and heavy mud”.

The spokesperson added that the SES would “support” the festival if it made a decision to evacuate. “We’ve got a crew of about five or six members in the festival grounds and 30 to 40 altogether.”

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