It was revealed today that Splendour in the Grass will be returning to its home in Byron, after two years at Woodfordia. But given the public forums over the application to have the festival at North Byron Parklands, they have decided to return to where it all began: Belongil Fields.
According to the press release, they continue to "work towards" bringing it back to Belongil, so that suggests that this news is subject to change. But that remains to be seen. For now we at the AU are pretty excited to be returning to Byron later this year! The dates for the 2012 event are Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July.
Splendour co-producer Jessica Ducrou had this to say about the return to Byron: “Despite great efforts to have the festival at North Byron Parklands this year, we are yet to have a determination on the application. In the meantime and after much consideration we are excited at the prospect of returning to the birth place of Splendour.”
Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham has also welcomed Splendour back to Byron Bay for 2012. "Splendour's home is Byron Bay and there is defined benefit that the festival delivers to the area, especially in winter, so it is a welcome return" said Mayor Barham
“Taking the event back to Byron Bay allows us to give our audience the true Splendour experience, a quality music and arts festival combined with that distinctive Byron culture.” Jessica said.
“We'd like to thank Woodfordia and the very wonderful Bill Hauritz, Mayor Allan Sutherland and Moreton Bay Regional Council for welcoming us with open arms and hosting our event for the last two years.”
Look out for 2012 lineup news in the coming months.