Unless you’re deaf, hearing all the hype about Splendour in the Grass is pretty much unavoidable, but no one ever prepares you for the after effects. And by that I’m not referring to the hangover or depressing bank balance you’re left with. I’m talking about the overwhelming sadness that hits you Monday morning; after months of preparations, saving and trying to contain the growing excitement, it’s all over in what feels like the blink of an eye. The Beautiful Girls were well within their element on Saturday, sharing their smooth, summery laidback grooves with us for one of the last…
When I talk to James Mercer ahead of the release of ‘Port Of Morrow’, we barely mention The Shins. We don't go into detail about the new album, and we barely touch on the end of their deal with Sub Pop. What we talk about, for the most part, is the gap between 2007's ‘Wincing The Night Away’, and the new record. Two important things happened in the intervening years: Heath Ledger died, and Mercer founded Broken Bells with producer Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse). As he explains it, one thing is inextricably linked to the other, and those things…

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A message from Splendour In The Grass regarding the reissue and resale of tickets to this year's event. “Splendour In the Grass has decided to open up both the reissue and resale options for 2012. From June 5 those who can no longer attend will have the opportunity to offload their ticket by one of these two methods. “They will be able to either REISSUE their ticket to another person by changing the name on the ticket via their Moshfile OR they can put their ticket into the Moshtix RESALE pool to allow an unknown person to buy it. With…
Splendour In The Grass has completely sold out.In what has been the fastest sell-out ever, all tickets to Splendour sold out in just 43 minutes.Event Producers, Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco said “This tops off an amazing week for Splendour. Massive thanks to everyone who has supported our event this year. We love every one of you! We can’t wait to see you all at Belongil Fields in July.” To break down the speed of the sell out this year …• Camping tickets sold out in 5 minutes• 3 Day Event tickets sold out in under 30 mins• All tickets…
Splendour In The Grass finally has a new home. After a lengthy battle with local councils and concerned residents, from next year, the annual international music festival will move to its permanent home at North Byron Parklands at Yelgun in the Byron Shire. The Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) have approved the venue, saying via a statement today: “the Commission agrees with the Director-General of the Department of Planning’s assessment that the proposal will provide Byron Shire with a permanent cultural events site attracting visitors to the area and generating much needed employment, as well as providing environmental benefits arising…

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Splendour In The Grass is planning to return to Byron Bay for the 2012 event. After two years at Woodfordia in Queensland, Splendour In The Grass organisers are currently working on taking Australia’s premier winter music and arts festival back to where it all started, Belongil Fields in Byron Bay. The dates for the 2012 event are Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. “Despite great efforts to have the festival at North Byron Parklands this year, we are yet to have a determination on the application,” said Splendour Co-Producer Jessica Ducrou. “In the meantime and after much consideration…

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Hard to believe, but another year's Splendour In The Grass is behind us. If you were one of the people who chose not to go this year, there's no way of sugarcoating it: you missed out. (And if the massive crowd for Coldplay was any indication, there weren't as many of you as advertised anyway.) From the crazed intensity of The Hives (the closest thing most of us will get to seeing The Stones in their prime) and regal spectacle of Kanye (possibly the only set this year that required a costume change, if you don't count DJ Kato's impromptu…

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