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Record crowds for Splendour In The Grass Festival

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More than 30,000 revellers descended on the south-east Queensland town of Woodford last Friday for three days of markets, workshops and live music.

Organisers say this is a record crowd for the event and is by no means the limit of future possibilities.

Music lovers packed into the festival site's amphitheatre to watch Passion Pit, Mumford and Sons and The Pixies close the show on Sunday evening and with artists like these on show its no wonder that tickets for this year’s event sold out within minutes of going on sale.

Over the three days bands like Ben Harper, The Temper Trap and The Strokes played at Woodford's amphitheatre and most agree it is the site's winning feature.

Splendour In The Grass organiser Paul Piticco says there is interest in further expanding the festival in the future. "Demand is extremely high for tickets so I don't think we're short of patrons," he said.

"But obviously growing an event like this is something that you have to plan very carefully and have the space and have all the regulatory authorities feeling the same way about it."

Mr Piticco says that while revellers make their way home, but work to pack up the site is far from over. "It's always the worst part of the party, isn't it? The clean up," he said.

"The build for the event started a month prior to the show and there'll be two or three weeks post show. There's stages to dismantle, grounds to clean, vegetation to restore - it's endless."

Queensland Police, were happy with the behaviour of the record crowd, with no arrests or drug busts during the weekend’s festivities. The festival this year celebrated its 10th birthday, having been moved to Woodford on the Sunshine Coast from its original home of Byron Bay.

Organisers were unable to confirm if Splendour will make Woodford its permanent home, but punters and bands alike say they will return for next years event regardless of where the festival is held.

 

Michael Palmer

Photo: Supplied

Date: 02/08/2010

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