There isn’t a lot of things happening around. And that’s just perfect if you want to chillax and still be within arm’s reach of Byron Bay.
If you ever get a chance to go to this part of the world, I would strongly recommend staying at the charming little town of Mullumbimby.
And if you’re really lucky, you might even draw Paul. Check him out in AirBnB.
Being a Sydney-sider, the only thing I really knew about Splendour was that it was our biggest festival around winter (if not the only one).
I also knew that it attracted huge names like Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and Kanye West. I end up kicking myself year-after-year and think “Well there’s goes another great lineup down the drain.”
But I really had no idea what actually goes down during the event itself.
I had zero expectations and no baseline.
The closest comparable event I’ve been to was the Big Day Out in Sydney, which during my time, was held over a day. Splendour is a 3-day event.
Looking back, Splendour had a few distinct advantages: it’s held during winter, the lineup is lighter than the heavy BDO, it’s an all ages event and it’s in Byron Bay.
Winter means less alcohol. The BDO was held in the middle of summer.
BDO acts included heavy sounds of Metallica, Rammstein and System of a Down. The heaviest act in Splendour was Violent Soho, which is more punk-rock Green Day-ish than Rammstein industrial death.
All ages meant that you’re just as likely to be moshing with them youngunswith Santigold as you’d be singing along with the grey-haired brigade over The Cure. There were a fair few children around too. That cross-section was refreshing.
And what can I say about Byron except that it feels like Newtown* with a beach.
*Newtown is hip like Williamsburg in NYC or Shoreditch in London (or so I’m told).
Splendour is set over a huge area in the North Byron Parklands (at least for this year). Like most events, it had a few stages for the music acts.
In addition, it also had a few other quirkier spaces like the Tipi forest, the global village, a comedy tent and an Amish area.
And there were a LOT of shops ranging from food trucks, to official Splendour event apparel, licensed alcohol grounds and hippy odds & ends.
All of the areas were spaced out adequately and came together nicely.