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Splendour in the Grass cancelled just two weeks after tickets go on sale

David Johns
The Nightly
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Splendour in the Grass is a favourite for festival-goers.
Splendour in the Grass is a favourite for festival-goers. Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

One of Australia’s most popular music festivals has been cancelled just two weeks after tickets went on sale.

Splendour in the Grass, held annually in Byron Bay, was due to take place over three days in July.

Tickets went on sale on March 21, selling at just under $200 a day for single days and $418 for a three-day ticket that doesn’t include accommodation.

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VIP village tickets are available for more than $600 each.

The line-up was announced on March 18, with Australian pop superstar Kylie Minogue among the performers.

Phone numbers for Secret Sounds, the organiser of the event, were going unanswered on Wednesday but tickets were still available for purchase via Moshtix.

The festival failed to sell our in 2023.
The festival failed to sell our in 2023. Credit: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images

The line-up includes Arcade Fire, G Flip and Future.

Folk duo The Dreggs described the festival’s cancellation as “a devastating hit to the Australian music industry” on Triple J’s Instagram post announcing the news.

DJ and songwriter Hayden James commented, “Love you Splendour”, while Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers — also on the line-up — posted three sad face emojis.

The venue, in the North Byron Parklands, attracts thousands of festival-goers from across the country, many of whom camp on-site.

The event has struggled in recent years after the 2022 was cancelled due to flooding.

Splendour in the Grass was flooded in 2022.
Splendour in the Grass was flooded in 2022. Credit: Instagram

In 2023, the festival failed to sell out.

Falls Festival, also organised by Secret Sounds, was cancelled in 2023.

In February, regional music festival Groovin’ The Moo was also cancelled — just eight days after tickets went on sale.

— With AAP

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