Splendour in the Grass: revellers claim staff ‘won’t let them leave’ the festival

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Younger revellers sick of the chaotic and muddy circumstances at Splendour within the Grass declare they turned trapped on the competition as a result of employees wouldn’t allow them to depart.

The long-lasting Byron Bay musical competition has been stricken by tribulations after the opening day was cancelled on Friday as torrential rain turned the location right into a marsh.

The downpour eased on Saturday however took one other flip for the more serious at about 11pm as hundreds of attendees making an attempt to get again to their lodging for the night time waited as much as six hours for buses. 

Now, one lady has taken to TikTok to disclose she and her mates weren’t allowed to depart regardless of being camped metres from a highway. 

‘We tried for like 5 hours yesterday and final night time to get out of right here … they’re simply not letting us depart,’ Hannah Patterson mentioned. 

Hannah Patterson (proper) mentioned her group will not be allowed to depart Splendour within the Grass as a result of employees won’t allow them to

Ms Patterson mentioned the group have tried their hardest to benefit from the competition, however the circumstances made it tough.

‘I’ve had moist toes and footwear for days… We have now been sleeping upright within the automotive as a result of all of our stuff was within the again as a result of it has been raining. 

‘We’re simply over it.

‘We paid to be right here and it has been actually horrible and we simply need to depart however they’re not really letting us go.’

Ms Patterson mentioned their automotive was blocked from the highway by a small transportable fence, which might be simply moved by employees, who refused to take it down.

‘They’re like no “we have got different issues [to do]. It is an excessive amount of effort. Simply wait till Monday, stick it out for 2 extra nights”.’

‘We have already been right here three nights. I’m so over it.’ 

‘I might love some type of refund, however truthfully – I do not even thoughts. I simply need to go. If I need to go, I ought to be capable to go.’

Ms Patterson said she and her friends were sick of the wet conditions, which had forced them to sleep upright in their car

She said this portable gate separated their car from the road, but festival staff refused to move it

Ms Patterson mentioned she and her mates have been sick of the moist circumstances, which had pressured them to sleep upright of their automotive

Nevertheless, in a video posted eight hours in a while Sunday afternoon, Ms Patterson revealed she was lastly allowed out after her mom got here to the rescue.

‘My stunning mama bear went full psycho and was calling folks until 12am – hitting all the emergencies, calling all the hotlines, and sorted it out,’ she mentioned.

‘And we have been capable of get out, thank goodness!’ 

The incident come as pissed off attendees took to social media to complain they waited till 6am to get a bus out of the competition on Saturday. 

In an announcement on Sunday, organisers mentioned everybody was off the premises by 3:30am, with folks heaping additional criticism after the response.  

‘We hear you and we perceive your frustration with our bus companies final night time,’ Splendour posted to social media.

‘Our occasion web site closes at 2am and 90 per cent of our bus patrons have been offsite by 3:30am, prefer it was in 2019.

‘Sadly, a few of our Tweed routes skilled prolonged delays resulting from bus driver shortages.’

Attendees mentioned they have been missing duty over a perceived lack of logistical planning after hundreds have been pressured to maneuver to offsite campgrounds. 

The Byron Bay music festival has been plagued by issues after rain turned the site into marsh

The Byron Bay music competition has been stricken by points after rain turned the location into marsh

Festival-goers queuing for coffee on Day 2 at Splendour in the Grass stand on logs to escape flood water

Pageant-goers queuing for espresso on Day 2 at Splendour within the Grass stand on logs to flee flood water

‘There’s a restrict of what variety of excuses you possibly can proceed to make use of. Settle for duty that you haven’t run the competition correctly and apologise for that,’ a lady replied.

‘Whereas the music was unimaginable, your competition sucks. It was so poorly organised it seems you do not really care. Caring means resourcing the occasion adequately. It’s important to over useful resource so you’ve got contingency to fall again on,’ one other commented.

‘I knew this was going to be a difficulty on Friday, while you had TWO buses to move hundreds of individuals to and from the venue,’ a person added.

Some even recommended the dearth of planning was ‘harmful’ and that she heard ‘determined cries for medics’ after folks desperately stampeded for buses. 

‘I used to be so afraid of being crushed within the bus crowd final night time with peoples desperation escalating because the morning approached. No crowd management and no employees in sight! Thank god there have been no casualties,’ she wrote.

Individuals took to social media after some waited so long as six hours to get transport again to their lodging. 

‘Once you’ve been within the bus line for 4 hours and nonetheless have to this point to go,’ one lady wrote on TikTok alongside a video of crowds packed within the freezing chilly ready for transport.

Frustrated attendees took to social media to complain they waited as long as six hours for a bus to pick them up

Annoyed attendees took to social media to complain they waited so long as six hours for a bus to choose them up

In a statement on Sunday, organisers said everyone was off the premises by 3:30am, with people heaping further criticism after the blunt response

In an announcement on Sunday, organisers mentioned everybody was off the premises by 3:30am, with folks heaping additional criticism after the blunt response

Day three of the festival saw sunny skies after Splendour organisers had to cancel its opening night

Day three of the competition noticed sunny skies after Splendour organisers needed to cancel its opening night time

‘That is so grim, disgrace on the organisers! What do they anticipate not permitting folks to be picked up and no parking – complete rip-off artists,’ one other wrote.

‘Splendour ought to be so ashamed of themselves.’ 

In response to attendees, employees on the competition did not present water or heat for the shivering crowds. 

‘Do not allow them to idiot you, we needed to beg for water. There was no communication from anybody as we stood there for hours. They mentioned they might carry blankets and by no means did,’ a pissed off reveller wrote.

‘There’s folks right here with out footwear, jackets, meals and the quantity of buses compared to folks is ridiculous.’

Splendour within the Grass revellers have been pressured to attend as late as 6am to get a bus out of the competition grounds on Sunday morning

Different festivalgoers slammed the organisers’ poor planning, complaining they have been nonetheless ready for a bus by the point the solar was rising.

‘To not point out it is a PREBOOKED bus ticket… like they knew how many individuals wanted to go dwelling,’ one lady within the group wrote.

‘Replace: simply obtained dwelling. It is 6am. The solar is UP.’

One lady mentioned organisers ought to rethink their resolution to go from a 40,000 capability to 50,000 as there weren’t sufficient sources for that many attendees.

‘I perceive there are such a lot of elements enjoying a component in issues going fallacious however beforehand when it was capped at 40,000 ready time to get dwelling was by no means that lengthy, two hours max,’ she wrote.

Pageant co-founder Jessica Ducrou insisted the music competition was protected to attend and employees have been finishing up repairs on-site to make sure the occasion might go forward till its final day on Sunday. 

‘We have had muddy occasions earlier than, it is not new to us, however I believe the quantity of rain that the Northern Rivers has obtained over the previous six months has made it very tough,’ she informed ABC

Organisers were forced to cancel main-stage performances on the first day of the festival on Friday amid flooded campsites and delays accessing the site

Organisers have been pressured to cancel main-stage performances on the primary day of the competition on Friday amid flooded campsites and delays accessing the location

Thousands of festivalgoers were forced to spend the night on the flooded campgrounds with growing calls for the music event to be cancelled

1000’s of festivalgoers have been pressured to spend the night time on the flooded campgrounds with rising requires the music occasion to be cancelled

Festival co-founder Jessica Ducrou told punters to 'bring your gumboots' with the grounds still submerged in thick mud and floodwaters on Saturday

Pageant co-founder Jessica Ducrou informed punters to ‘carry your gumboots’ with the grounds nonetheless submerged in thick mud and floodwaters on Saturday

‘Everybody’s working as arduous as they’ll to make this an expertise they deserve, however it is rather difficult circumstances.’ 

Organisers have been pressured to cancel main-stage performances on the primary day of the competition on Friday amid flooded campsites and delays accessing the location.

1000’s of festivalgoers have been pressured to spend the night time on the flooded campgrounds with rising requires the music occasion to be cancelled.

Kadence Mathers was among the many revellers who described the state of affairs as ‘grim’ saying {that a} regular stream of rain in a single day had added to her distress.

‘I am standing in… my full foot is in water proper now,’ she informed the At the moment Present on Saturday morning.

Ms Mathers videoed the campgrounds submerged in floodwaters with vehicles slowed down in thick mud. 

She went inside her tent to disclose it had develop into a ‘waterbed’ with floodwaters changing into trapped between the bottom and the ground of the tent. 

‘I have been utilizing socks and stuff to mop up the water that’s coming in,’ she mentioned. 

Ms Mathers confessed she simply wished to depart the campgrounds, however can be unable to go wherever till her automotive was free of the thick mud.

‘I imply it might be good for the competition to go forward, but it surely’s not enjoyable in there,’ she mentioned.

‘It is utterly flooded and muddy. You’ll be able to’t stroll with out slipping. It is not enjoyable.’ 

A severe warning for damaging surf has been issued for the Byron, Coffs Coast, Macquarie and Hunter coasts (pictured, muddy grounds at the music festival on Friday)

A extreme warning for damaging surf has been issued for the Byron, Coffs Coast, Macquarie and Hunter coasts (pictured, muddy grounds on the music competition on Friday)

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