Major Aussie music festival changes seasons for first time in 20 years

Splendour in the Grass has moved its 2021 festival to spring this year, moving it away from its usual winter slot for the first time in 20 years.

A notice on the festival’s website said the festival, which takes place at the North Byron Parklands, would now fall on Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November this year.

The festival organisers have also confirmed their already announced international headliners are available for the new dates, including Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler the Creator.

“We had so hoped to bring you Splendour’s 20th anniversary edition this July, but we can’t stage the event that you know and love within the current restrictions and international border closures,” said Splendour in the Grass co-founders Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.

“Since March 2020, not a single festival in Australia has been able to run at full capacity and the industry is currently operating at a fraction of pre-COVID levels.

“Australia’s live music industry is made up of many sole traders and small businesses alongside the larger tour and event promoters. In support of them all, we implore the government to provide some form of continued wage subsidy until the industry can once again operate at full capacity.

“And to the music-loving public, when a tour or event is postponed, we ask you to hold onto your tickets. This is the best way to support your favourite artist or event right now.”

Last year, Splendour in the Grass was cancelled for the first time since its inception due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new dates mean that festival-goers can pack lighter this year, forgoing their winter woollies and packing for warmer weather.

Those who had purchased tickets for the winter dates will automatically have their tickets transferred to the new dates, and those who are unable to attend are eligible for a full refund.

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