Sadly, it comes as no surprise that Splendour in the Grass has just announced they will not be going ahead with the festival this coming July.
On the bright side, the festival has announced they will be postponing rather than cancelling, so you’ll still get to enjoy Splendour in all its glory this October.
Due to increasing coronavirus restrictions, Splendour in the Grass won’t be going ahead this July. The festival will instead move to October.
Originally set to take place on July 24-26, the festival is being rescheduled to October 23-25, remaining at the usual location of North Byron Parklands. The news comes after the Australian Government announced a ban on all gatherings over 500 people, starting from yesterday.
“Health and safety is our number one priority,” festival co-founders Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco described. “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”.
Thankfully, it seems the lineup won’t be too affected, as the festival organisers added that the likes of Flume, The Strokes, Tyler, The Creator, and more have all confirmed their attendance for the new dates.
— SplendourintheGrass (@SITG) March 17, 2020
“We understand that many of our patrons have already made plans for July,” the statement continued. “We trust local accommodation and travel providers will act in the best interests of all to accommodate these changes without penalty.”
Anyone who has tickets for the original Splendour will be able to use them for the new October dates, whilst those who can’t attend are eligible for a refund. Moshtix will be in touch with all ticket holders directly.
The festival will also be doing a special ticket release of any refunded tickets in the coming weeks which is good news for anyone on the waitlist.
Splendour follows in line with other Australian festivals including Dark Mofo and Bluesfest, the latter announcing its cancellation yesterday.
On the upside, the move means a once-off spring edition of Splendour. Same old Splendour, just less cold.