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Last-minute changes to Splendour mean some younger fans may miss out.

Splendour in the Grass has made a significant change just days out from the festivals opening date.

Splendour has announced a big change for festival-goers for the upcoming Splendour in the Grass festival held at Byron this month. Anyone attending the upcoming festival under 18 years of age will now need an adult to accompany them. 

Key  Changes that festival-goers need to know about:

*Under NSW liquor laws, a responsible adult is defined as a parent or guardian, the minor’s spouse or de facto partner, or a person standing in as a parent for the time being. All Under 18’s will now need to be accompanied by an adult. 

*Police will be present, and young fans may risk fines if they break the rules.

 

Splendour In The Grass 2019
Photo: Dani Hansen

A new law put in place by NSW Liquor and Gaming has given some venues last-second restrictions they weren’t expecting. Splendour was notified of the changes on Thursday. 

Ticket company Moshtix sent out an email alert advising ticket holders about the changes.

ALL PATRONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT AT ALL TIMES WHILST AT THE EVENT AND CAMPGROUNDS.

Splendour shared the news, via Twitter: stating that it wasn’t their decision and that the new rules have been imposed on the festival by the police.

“We were only informed of this late Thursday and we are very unhappy about these major changes being forced on the festival at such a late stage. We understand the impact it will have on many of our patrons. We also don’t want you to walk away with a fine.

So we want you all to be aware that Police will be present at the event, roaming throughout the crowd checking that underage minors are with a responsible adult.

The only place you can purchase tickets for accompanying responsible adults is via the Splendour resale facility, where all monies go to the previous ticket holder.  Considerable fines may apply if not compliant.”

The newest update in the back and forth comes in the form of a restriction being put in place that would require festival attendees under the age of 18 to have a guardian present. The previous age range was anybody under the age of 16. Festivals are claiming they just figured out about this new regulation as fans have begun to receive emails notifying them of the new requirement.

Moshtix, the ticket provider, sent out an email last Friday to people who’ve bought tickets for the Splendour in the Grass festival.

“We appreciate that this is not ideal, we are not happy about this late change however we must adhere to these new conditions imposed on us by the Police and Liquor and Gaming,” the notice said.

“Police will be present at the event, roaming throughout the crowd checking that underage minors are with a responsible adult.”

The only place you can purchase tickets for accompanying responsible adults is via the Splendour resale facility where all monies go to the previous ticket holder.

Moshtix also sent out an email last Friday to everyone who has bought tickets for the Splendour in the Grass festival. Stating that those unable to find a responsible adult to attend the event can contact a support website using “SITG – U18” as the subject line to have any ticketing request reviewed. For more ticket refund options, including reselling your ticket,  you can use the Moshtix resale facility to offer the unwanted ticket for resale, head over to Moshtix for more info.