“LIVE, TRAVEL, ADVENTURE, BLESS, AND DON’T BE SORRY”
It’s that time of year again! My Facebook and Snapchat are currently being bombarded with photos and videos of friends traveling to this years Splendour in the Grass music festival in Byron Bay. I would love to be packing up my Kombi and making the trip up to Byron this year, but my budget couldn’t stretch that far, so I am sharing a few of my favourite moments from my time there in 2013.
I made the decision early on that I would skip this years festival so I could travel the world instead. I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend the festival twice already; In 2010 at Woodford, Queensland and again in 2013 at Byron Bay, New South Wales.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, I’ll give you a brief run down on one of Australia’s favourite music festivals. Splendour in the Grass is held annually on the last weekend of July and lasts for three days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.The festival has been held in Byron Bay (except for the two years it was held in Woodford, Queensland) since it’s inauguration in 2001.
The lineup has a lot of Australian music, but many international artists headline including Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Kanye West and Coldplay. I particularly love Splendour because you have the option to camp at the festival as well. It is a small sized festival in comparison to Glastonbury and Coachella, but I think that makes it all the more enjoyable!
If any international travelers are looking to attend music festivals here in Australia I would definitely recommend Splendour. Blue’s Fest (Easter Long Weekend) and Falls Fesitval (New Years Eve) are other popular three days music festivals that are worth checking out as well!
Since I live in Sydney it’s about an 8 hour drive (10 in a Kombi) to get to Byron Bay, so we drove up in one day stopping for breakfast at the 4 hour mark and a second stop at The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour – about 3 hours out of Byron Bay.
Camping grounds open on Wednesday, so we decided to get in early to get a good camp spot and avoid the traffic pile up on Thursday. Even though the bands don’t start until Friday, the gates open on Thursday so festival goers can check out all the different stalls, food and get used to where everything is.
The atmosphere is indescribable! Every one is just out for a good time. There’s no violence, there’s no rudeness – it’s just a bunch of awesome people coming together and sharing the same love for music!
The weather can be quite bipolar in Byron Bay, so be sure to pack your gum boots and a warm jacket in case the weather turns. It can turn into a bit of a mud bath once it has been raining, but it helps make Splendour what it is.
A few friends and I ended up staying back in Byron Bay for an extra week after the festival to relax and detox after an incredible three days of live music – but that’s a blog for another time!