Crowd shot from Splendour in the Grass 2009.
Crowd shot from Splendour in the Grass 2009.

Splendour in the Grass camping changes trigger anger

SOME people attending Splendour in the Grass are upset about changes to camping, but organisers are trying to soothe concerns.

In the past festival patrons have been able to park next to their tents.

This year, because of weather conditions, campers will be onsite at Splendour, while their cars will be in a separate area.

Splendour's website stated: "This will lessen the impact on the earth in the camping spaces and avoid the kind of damage to the ground that vehicles inevitably cause.

"We know this is a change to previous advice regarding camping with vehicles. We apologise for any inconvenience but request that you please roll with it in true camping spirit."

The announcement has seen the festival's Facebook page splattered with comments including: "Thanks for telling us this two weeks out from the festival when I could have bought a plane ticket instead of hiring a car and doing the 10-hour drive;" and: "How do we get a refund on the car pass that we purchased? The whole reason I bought a car pass was to have the car close. No point having it now if the car is going to be 'a few hundred metres' away."

But Paul Piticco of Splendour in the Grass said it's a matter of operational ease, safety and comfort.

Normally we've always parked cars and tents alongside, but due to the unprecedented amount of rain, it would be more practical to have cars and tents separate, Mr Piticco said yesterday.

He said while it was always their intention to keep things how they were in previous years, the weather has given them no choice, at least for this year's festival.

"Apologies for not having foreseen (mother nature)," Mr Piticco said.

And as for the "couple of hundred metres walk" he assured patrons that that's only in the worst cases, with some people only having to walk 20-30m - it all depends on timing of arrival and placement.

"We're not doing this to annoy people, were doing it for operational reasons and we don't want anyone's cars getting stuck," he said.