Splendour In The Grass & Falls Festival Face Uncertain Future In Byron Bay
Two major Australian festivals are now facing an uncertain future as the government's "trial period" may soon be running out.This article originally appeared on Music Feeds
A question mark hangs over the head of Splendour In The Grass and Falls Festival’s future in Byron Bay, with the North Byron Parklands venue that hosts both events set to max out its government-stamped trial approval period at the end of the year.
Back in 2012, the Yelgun site was given the thumbs up to host big bashes like SITG and Falls for a five year stint. But that’s set to run out at the end of 2017, meaning that “under the current trial approval Falls Festival Byron 17/18 cannot operate” according to the grounds’ official website.
That means Splendour 2018 will have to be canned too, with organisers confirming that they’ve yet to secure a location for the festival beyond this year and are “not considering any other sites for the festival in 2018” (but DW, they promised that SITG2017 is “definitely” happening).
Never fear though, the team at North Byron Parklands seem to be mad keen to keep the good times rolling, and have made like a uni student and hit up the Powers That Be for an extension of their trial period.
They want the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) to extend their five-year run for 20 more months to 31st August 2019, which would cover them for the next two Falls Festivals and the next three Splendours while they battle on to secure permanent approval.“This application seeks to ensure that both Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron can operate while the State Significant application is processed by the DP&E,” says North Byron Parklands General Manager, Mat Morris.
Cover photo courtesy of Maria Boyadgis