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Splendour in the Grass Organisers Apologise for 2022 Edition: ‘We Are Acting on All That We Learned That Weekend’

The organisers also revealed planned improvements to this year’s festival

Image of Childish Gambino performing at the 2018 edition of Splendour in The Grass

The 2021 edition of Splendour in The Grass will now take place in November of this year.

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The organisers of Splendour in the Grass have apologised for last year’s difficult edition, and also revealed planned improvements to the festival.

In a lengthy statement shared on Splendour’s official website, co-founders Paul Piticco and Jessica Ducrou insisted the 2022 edition of the festival was “the most challenging and difficult year ever.”

“While we can’t control the weather, we can manage how we respond and for that, we are deeply sorry,” the statement continued.

“Apart from the condition of the grounds and its accessibility we recognise that the impacts extended to traffic failings on Thursday that heavily affected not only you but the local community, as well as two of the bus routes on the Saturday night which resulted in unacceptable wait times.”

After thanking those who shared their experiences in the Splendour in the Grass 2022 survey, the pair outlined some imminent improvements: weather proofing upgrades to the venue, enhanced drainage, improved communications, and a review of Splendour’s Traffic Management Plan are just some of the ways Piticco and Ducrou are trying to improve their festival experience in 2023.

“We have invested enormous amounts of time and money over the last six months to upgrade the venue and our processes, and will continue to do so right up until Splendour 2023,” they continued.

“With this in mind we hope to welcome you back to enjoy what is arguably Australia’s leading contemporary music festival with some of the greatest acts from Australia and around the globe.”

You can read the full statement here.

Splendour in the Grass was plagued by terrible weather, trapped cars, and serious traffic queues last year, resulting in cancellations and wide scale refunds.

500 tickets for the 2023 edition of Splendour in the Grass went on sale late last year in a Black Friday sale, while the remaining tickets will go on sale sometime soon.