Byron Bay Writers Festival to move after Splendor in the Grass destroys park

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A popular festival has been forced to relocate after its usual site was turned into a landfill by tens of thousands of revelers in Splendor in the Grass.

The Byron Writers Festival will be held at the Elements of Byron complex – instead of its usual home in North Byron Parklands, in northern New South Wales – from August 26-28.

The Writers’ Festival said the parks needed rest and restoration after heavy downpours turned the site into a quagmire during Splendor.

The damage was compounded by the 50,000 revelers who attended the three-day event in July and left behind rubbish, crumpled tents and deflated mattresses.

The Bryon Writers Festival has moved away from its normal North Byron Parklands home after Splendor in the Grass revelers left the site in a chaotic mess

The Writers' Festival said the parks needed rest and restoration after heavy downpours turned the site into a quagmire during Splendor

The Writers’ Festival said the parks needed rest and restoration after heavy downpours turned the site into a quagmire during Splendor

Writers festival director Zoe Pollock said organizers had no choice but to move the upcoming event.

“It was basically a mutual decision with North Byron Parklands that it would be best to move to another site if possible,” she said.

The Writers’ Festival will feature authors such as controversial Aboriginal historian Bruce Pascoe, ABC gardening guru Costa Georgiadis, film star Bryan Brown and English philosopher AC Grayling.

“We have a great team and I have great confidence to make this last minute change,” Ms Pollock said. the ABC.

News of the move is likely to inflame locals who have already angrily accused Splendor of trashing their idyllic coastal town.

Footage of hastily evacuated festival sites showed tents, piles of rubbish, deflated mattresses and thousands of abandoned pairs of dirty boots.

Locals took to social media to rip festival guests apart, while environmentalists called the festival “unsustainable”.

“Every year there are whole tents, Eskys, chairs, and all kinds of perfectly usable gear just thrown away because the larvae don’t have the brain cells to know how to pack them up or bring them to the donation places,” fumed a resident.

“I wish there was a way to avoid this.”

A pair of muddy boots were found on the side of the road in town in Byron Bay after Splendor finished t

A pair of muddy boots were found on the side of the road in town in Byron Bay after Splendor finished t

Hundreds of boots were left behind after customers cleared local shops when the festival descended into a mud pit

Hundreds of boots were left behind after customers cleared local shops when the festival descended into a mud pit

Some locals have called for the music festival to be permanently moved from the area due to the damage.

“In these times, they shouldn’t be able to run it without some strict environmental guidelines,” one resident said. “But it’s all about the money… as usual.”

Greens candidate Sue Higginson said Splendor was at the heart of “mega money, environmental destruction and local community pain and suffering”.

“The land is home to endangered ecological communities, 28 threatened species and is the site of significant Aboriginal cultural heritage,” she wrote on Facebook.

“The Splendor in the Grass site is part of Australia’s most easterly wildlife corridor. It is the only intact corridor that connects the ancient deep forests of Gondwana Wollumbin to the unique subtropical coastal lowlands.

This year’s Splendor, the first to be held in three years, was marred by dire weather conditions, poor planning, numerous cancellations and allegations of incompetence by guests.

Splendor guests left the campground littered with discarded items and general trash.

Festival workers had the unenviable task of cleaning up thousands of abandoned rooms

Festival workers had the unenviable task of cleaning up thousands of abandoned rooms

The trail of destruction has even made its way into town, with notoriously unwelcoming locals saying people left their dirty shoes strewn across its streets 25 kilometers from the festival site.

“I notice there is a trail of muddy shoes and wellies around town this morning where people have left them in the gutters and on the trails,” a resident posted on Facebook.

“You’re coming back to get this, aren’t you?” said another.

On Splendor’s website, it claims it has a “sleep of environmental programs” to help every guest “become a trash and eco-warrior during your time” at the festival.

“In 2019, Splendor in the Grass won a green gong at the NSW Government Green Globe Awards, an event that recognizes sustainability leaders across NSW, as well as projects and events that encourage others to achieve positive change for the environment,” organizers said.

“From encouraging you to take the bus or share a ride, to promoting waste reduction initiatives, BYO bottles and reusable cups, we’re always looking for more ways to reduce our footprint. Spread the good vibes environmental issues and lead by example.

Local volunteers collect people's unwanted items for recycling

Local volunteers collect people’s unwanted items for recycling

Fans of the festival have taken to social media to express their fury over the poorly organized festival.

In a closing statement, Splendor co-CEOs Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco thanked the country’s “top festival team” for their efforts, but also released an adopted hit in a tone of apology.

“We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced during our 20th Splendor. It certainly wasn’t our easiest show, but even with the trials and tribulations, we are so happy to be back with our Splendor family of patrons, our amazing events team and our colleagues in the Australian music industry,” they wrote.

“As always, we really tried to provide the best possible experience in extremely difficult conditions. The sheer collective spirit lifted us out of the mud and put the music back on our stages where it hadn’t been in years. We thank all the customers who have kept their tickets for so long.

“We also recognize all new festival goers and those who have never experienced an event in the rain before, we understand that was a lot for you.”

“We have the best festival team in the country and we did everything we could given the circumstances. We’ve consulted the weather gods and they’re telling us it’s going to be awesome in 2023.’

The first Splendor in the Grass in three years was marred by dire weather, comical planning, numerous cancellations and allegations of poor planning by clients.

The first Splendor in the Grass in three years was marred by dire weather, comical planning, numerous cancellations and allegations of poor planning by clients.

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