HANDY HINTS FOR SPLENDOUR 2014!
Mother nature has been kind this year, and North Byron Parklands is looking picture perfect. The forecast is for some possible showers over the weekend, but nothing significant. The days are set for medium to lightweight fabrics, with winter knits and jackets required for the evenings and early risers.
POLICE AND SECURITY
The festival is a large town in its own right and a town needs policing. Authorities have been working with organisers to ensure your time at the festival is safe and enjoyable. Police and security will both be present on site. Drug detection dogs will be at the festival. Police random breath testing units will also be active on local roads.
We recommend event-only patrons stay on site for a while after the main stages finish to avoid a mass exodus. Restaurants and food stalls will be open until 2am Friday to Sunday and there will be late night entertainment in the Tipi Forest, Global Village, Smirnoff Cocktail Bar, Red Bull Music Academy and Mad Mex Fiesta.
Anyone caught trying to fence jump or enter the venue unlawfully faces arrest and a hefty fine. Fence jumping is trespassing and offenders will be taken to the on-site Police Station.
The possession, sale or use of illicit drugs or substances is strictly prohibited. Any persons found with them in their possession will be subject to police action and will be evicted from the festival.
Event-only patrons are not allowed to enter the campground. Any event-only patrons found in that area risks being evicted from the festival.
Stage diving, crowd surfing and moshing are prohibited. Those attempting such activities will be evicted. Aggressive behaviour is rare at Splendour, but anyone who does behave in a threatening or inappropriate manner towards other patrons or event staff will be removed from the festival.
FIRST AID & HEALTH
Our comprehensive health service will include on-site doctors, paramedics and a chill out area. The main Medical Centre is located just inside the Main Entry gates. There will be a PATRON SAFETY HOTLINE that those at the festival can call regarding safety, medical or security matters. This number will be on display around the site.
If you require first aid or assistance please either make your way to a first aid station, speak to the nearest security guard who can make radio contact with the medical team, or call the Patron Safety Hotline.
Proper footwear is required. Minor foot injuries to those with bare feet or wearing thongs take up too much of our first aid team’s time. BYO back-up band-aids and analgesics.
Please remember to drink lots of water throughout the day. EMPTY plastic (no glass) bottles of water or soft drink can be brought into the entertainment precinct. You can get refills from water taps on site or in the bars.
A breathalyser service to allow drivers to get an indication of their blood alcohol content will be on site at the Keys Please Kiosk near the Main Entry gates. Don’t drive if you’re tired or intoxicated. Organise a designated driver or catch a bus instead.
No smoking is permitted within enclosed eating and food preparation areas, bar areas, tents and stalls as required by the Tobacco Act 2008. It is illegal to smoke within and 4 meters from the entrance to a tent venue.
RESPONSIBLE SERVICE OF ALCOHOL
The responsible service of alcohol is integral to providing an enjoyable, safe event for all patrons and staff. Liquor will not be supplied to disorderly or intoxicated patrons or to anyone who is under 18 years of age or who does not have the requisite ID.
The festival is a licensed area and you will need to show ID to purchase alcohol. Only the following forms of ID are acceptable:
- Valid Australian Drivers License (i.e. not expired)
- Government Issued Proof of Age Card
- International Drivers License (must contain a photograph)
Please note that the following measures are necessary as part of the compliance required by the festival under liquor licensing laws:
- No alcohol can be brought into the festival area or day carparks.
- The campground, RV World and Campers Carpark is also a No Alcohol area.
- All patrons are subject to bag searches. Your co-operation is appreciated. Please see the full list of banned items at splendourinthegrass.com
- Any banned items found during searches will be confiscated.
- The organiser reserves the right to refuse admission to any person who shows signs of being affected by alcohol or drugs.
- Alcohol cannot be brought onto or consumed on buses travelling to and from the festival.
Any minors found in possession of alcohol will be removed from the festival and will be subject to police action, as will those who procured the alcohol for them. As per Splendour’s Youth Policy, those aged 15 or under must be accompanied at all times by a parent or responsible adult.
Don’t forget to pace yourself, especially if you’re driving. There is a large variety of non-alcoholic beverages and food options available across the festival site.
Campfires are NOT permitted in the campground by agreement between the festival and fire authorities. Anyone lighting a fire will be ejected from the festival. This includes fireworks, flares or fire twirling. There will be supervised communal bonfires at a few locations throughout the campgrounds & event area (which also has mushroom heaters).
An appropriate Car Pass is required for all private vehicles entering and parking at North Byron Parklands. You will need to pre-purchase the appropriate car pass, and you can now pre-purchase a car pass up until midnight the day before the entry day of the car pass. So for example, to pre-purchase a Thursday Campers Carpark Pass or RV Parking you will need to do so before midnight on Wednesday 23 July. Purchase your Car Pass from moshtix here.
If you arrive without the appropriate pre-purchased car pass, the below penalty fees will apply:
- CAMPERS CARPARK PASS - $60 per vehicle payable upon entry
- RV PARKING PASS – NOT AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE UPON ENTRY
- DAY PARKING PASS - $60 per day per vehicle payable upon entry
Car Pass $30 redemption vouchers for car-pooling DO NOT apply to those who buy car passes upon entry.
Those of you who did the right thing and pre-purchased your car pass remember that you can qualify for a $30 REDEMPTION VOUCHER of your Car Pass if:
DAY PARKING PASS – there are4 or more ticketholders in your vehicle when you arrive in the carpark on the day that your Day Parking Pass is valid.
CAMPERS CARPARK PASS - 3 or more ticketholders in your vehicle when you arrive in the Campers Carpark.
Please place your CAR PASS on the driver’s side dashboard so our staff can see it as you enter the venue and proceed to the campground entry gates where it will be scanned. Please note Passbook cannot be used for CAR PASSES as we need to sight and scan a printed copy of your car pass on approach.
Splendour has an extensive festival bus network in operation during this years event. Bus fares and schedules can be found here.
Please drive carefully on site and observe internal speed limits. On the highway, take regular breaks. Take care on local roads. Do not enter or leave the venue on foot. Those riding pushbikes should leave them in the bike parking area located in the northern carpark and proceed on foot to and from the festival entry.
RESPECT OUT NEIGHBOURS
Splendour provides a huge economic and cultural boost to the Byron and Tweed Shires, but as responsible members of this community we also need to mitigate the impacts of the event on the local area. Please show some consideration by following these tips:
- Respect the local community and environment.
- Do not enter or attempt to camp in the nearby nature reserve. Penalties apply.
- Do not camp in or around your vehicle on nearby roadsides, parking lots etc. Council rangers will be on the lookout for illegal camping or people sleeping in cars. Maximum penalty exceeds $1,000.
- Do NOT park on nearby roadsides. Fines apply for illegal parking.
- If walking in residential areas, please keep the noise down.
- Use your accommodation as a place to sleep, NOT to party. Your neighbours need to rest.
- Do not litter – use the bins provided or hold onto it until you find a bin.
- Please use public toilets. When travelling to and from the festival, plan ahead so you don’t get caught short.
- Avoid the centre of Byron Bay late at night – there isn’t much open, there is no public transport (other than festival buses) and taxis are in short supply.
- Please bring VALID photo ID that corresponds with the name and date of birth printed on your ticket as both must be presented for admission.
- Prepare to be searched upon entry (including bags and camping equipment). Unfortunately we need to do this and your co-operation is appreciated. Please see these lists of items banned in the campground and inside the event area.
- Campers remember you’re not able to park your car next to your tent Please follow the directions of our staff to the Campers Carpark area.
- NO tents allowed in RV WORLD. This area is for vehicles designed for sleeping in such as vans, campervans, caravans, camper trailers etc.
- Stage diving, crowd surfing and moshing are prohibited. Those attempting such activities risk being evicted.
- You are expected to wear your event wristband for the entire festival. This is your pass in and out of the festival. Any persons found not wearing a valid wristband will be evicted from the event.
- Patrons must not damage flora and fauna or enter any on-site bodies of water.
- BIN IT! Help keep your festival litter free. Do not drop cigarette butts on the ground.
Splendour 2014 Welcomes The Presets!
SPLENDOUR 2014 LINEUP CHANGES
London Grammar cancels due to illness.
The Presets join Splendour 2014.
London Grammar tour dates rescheduled for March 2015.
Days out from the start of Australia’s favourite mid year musical sabbatical, overnight news broke that London Grammar are no longer able to make it to Australia for the 2014 event
We send Hannah our best and hope she’s fighting fit again very soon. London Grammar sent the following statement to their fans…
“It’s with great sadness that we must announce the cancellation of our trip to Australia & Splendour in the Grass this week due to illness. This is an incredibly sad situation for us as our last visit was one of the most memorable of our careers, but we do not feel that we can currently deliver the level of performance that you all deserve from us. Our fans in Australia have been hugely supportive of our music since the very beginning, and it pains us to have to disappoint any of you. We are going to do everything we can to make sure we are back down under as soon as possible and will reschedule our Sydney & Melbourne shows and give you more details very shortly.”
Enter THE PRESETS!
Their groundbreaking releases Apocalypso and Pacifica took electronic music to the mainstream and The Presets around the globe! Their new single No Fun is triple j’s most played track of the past two weeks and with a mind bending world first six-sided video, The Presets 2014 are – true to form – artists pushing boundaries and operating on the front foot!
Killing it on the radio and in the clubs, No Fun has already been remixed by fellow Splendour 2014 acts RÜFÜS and Lancelot.
Currently riding high on Hype Machine and with a stunning new set - unveiled earlier this year at Groovin’ The Moo and enroute to Byron right now - Splendour is thrilled and grateful to have The Presets on the 2014 team!
The Presets will play the Amphitheatre on Friday from 7.15 – 8.15pm.
Splendour In The Grass Co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco had this to say…
“We're sorry to report that Hannah from London Grammar has been taken ill, after cancelling T In The Park we hoped she would recover in time for Splendour but unfortunately has not. It’s been quite a challenge finding a suitable replacement at such short notice but we are pleased to announce The Presets have come to the rescue and will play at Splendour this Friday.“
Whilst beyond our control we are personally very disappointed with the last minute line-up changes but we are thankful for the support from Foals and The Presets stepping up in lightening speed. Here's to a great show!”
For those who purchased a single day ticket particularly to see London Grammar, refunds for Friday 25 July single day tickets only will be available from Moshtix until 5pm Wednesday 23 July. More info about refunds here.
The ticket resale facility to PURCHASE tickets for Splendour in the Grass has been extended now until midnight Wednesday 23 July.
LONDON GRAMMAR SIDESHOWS
London Grammar has also been forced to postpone their Splendour in The Grass Sideshows. They will instead return to Australia in March 2015. Rescheduled dates are:
Sydney, Hordern Pavilion - Thursday 12 March 2015
Melbourne, Festival Hall - Saturday 14 March 2015
This was going to be the second sold out Australian tour for the band this year, with their three headline shows in January 2014 selling out in just a few hours and culminating in a host of rave reviews.
Tickets for the postponed shows will be valid for the new dates, simply turn up to the venue and present your ticket.
If you are unable to attend the new dates, you may secure a full refund by 5pm Monday 22 September 2014. Please Note: Ticket refunds only are available. Album purchases are non-refundable.
For those who are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, you may secure a full refund. Refund Requests must be received by Ticketek no later than Monday 22 September 2014. Please click here to visit the web page for further information or contact Ticketek Ph: 132 849 www.ticketek.com
You may secure a full refund by contacting Ticket Master’s friendly Customer ServiceTeam via 136 100 between 9am - 8pm AEST Monday to Saturday, or 9am - 5pm AEST Sunday. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a refund.
SPLENDOUR 2014 LINEUP CHANGES
Two Door Cinema Club cancels due to illness.
City and Colour moves into headline position.
Foals joins the Splendour 2014 lineup.
Splendour In The Grass has received news that Alex Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club is in hospital in the UK. As a result the band is no longer able to make the trip to Australia for their exclusive appearance at Splendour 2014. The band sent us this message to share with Splendour ticket holders…
“It is with a heavy heart that we are going to need to cancel our upcoming trip to Australia for Splendour in the Grass. Alex collapsed at Seattle airport on the way to London and has been hospitalised with a chronic stomach complaint. We are devastated to have to cancel this show that we were so looking forward to. We can only apologise and hope for your understanding at this time. Love TDCC x”
We have no further information about Alex’s health at this time but we send him and the band our best and wish him a speedy recovery!
In light of this news there will be some changes to the lineup as it means there is a gap in the playing times…
And up step Foals! Our eleventh hour saviours had a weekend off their European Festival headline tour, so decided that flying to the country that gave them their first Number 1 album was the right thing to do.
They're going to fly in for 48 hours & give us one of their internationally renowned 'extreme level' live performances. Give it up for the UKs Best Live Band!! We are stoked to present Foals exclusively at Splendour 2014!
We are also thrilled to announce that City and Colour will move into the headline position on Saturday 26th July to close the Amphitheatre Stage.
Dallas Green began touring Australia as City and Colour less than four years ago, and in that time has seen an incredible rise in popularity; not only boasting sell-out rooms time and again, but building his audience by thousands with each visit. Starting with an impressive 10,000 sales on his first headline tour, then more than 20,000 on his return, his December 2013 national tour, in support of the album The Hurry and The Harm (Dine Alone/Cooking Vinyl) which debuted at #2 on the Australian charts, saw him perform for over 30,000 fans nationwide. In between visits to Australia, Dallas and his band, which includes Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather), Dante Schwebel (Spanish Gold, Dan Auerbach), Doug MacGregor (The Constantines) and Matt Kelly, have been performing to huge crowds at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch and Lollapalooza.
On this tour, Dallas Green plays just one sideshow, a one-off solo performance at the prestigious Sydney Opera House which sold out in a matter of hours, and the only performance with the full band will be headlining Splendour In The Grass on Saturday night. If you haven't seen his live show yet, now's your chance!
Splendour sincerely thanks all these artists for their assistance.
For those who purchased a single day ticket particularly to see Two Door Cinema Club, refunds for Saturday 26 July single day tickets only will be available from Moshtix until 5pm Monday 21 July. More info about refunds here.
IMPORTANT CAMPING INFORMATION
Hey there happy campers!
Splendour 2014 is almost upon us. North Byron Parklands is looking pretty as a Polaroid picture, the stages and big tops are being erected and before you know it you’ll be here, pimping out your Splendour 2014 crib!
So before you start to pack your kit, please read through our handy info below to make your Splendour…splendid!
Please also read the information on the front and rear of your camping ticket. Be prepared!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CAMPERS
The Splendour campground at North Byron Parklands opens at 10am on Wednesday 23 July – please do not arrive before this time. And if you’re driving, you need to arrive on the day specified on your Campers Carpark Pass.
On Wednesday campers can arrive between 10am-12midnight and from Thursday between 7am-12midnight.
All campers must depart by 5pm Monday 28 July.
Don’t forget your camping ticket! It’s separate to your festival entry ticket and every camper must have one, as well as photo ID matching the name and date of birth printed on the ticket.
If you’re driving, make sure you have the appropriate Car Pass. Please car-pool if possible. Besides, if you arrive with 3 or more people holding valid un-scanned event and camping tickets you’ll get a $30 refund voucher against the cost of your Campers Carpark Pass. RV Parking Passes do not qualify for this refund.
Please place your Campers Carpark Pass (CCP) or RV Parking Pass (RVP) on the driver’s side dashboard so our staff can see it as you enter the venue and proceed to the designated parking areas where it will be scanned. Please note Passbook or electronic files cannot be used for CCP or RVP’s, as we need the “visual” of the PDF printout on approach.
Large camping setups are not permitted. No couches or other large items allowed!! Keep it light and you’ll be alright.
The campers carpark is located beside the campground . Please follow internal signage and the directions of staff to your parking spot. After parking, campers will need to walk their gear to the entry gates, so make sure you bring only what you need. Once you’re through the gates jump on one of our trailer rides or use the convenient wheelbarrows to get to your campsite.
For those bringing vans, campervans, caravans, camper-trailers, station wagons and other vehicles designed for sleeping in RV World is the place for you. This space is for vehicles that are designed for sleeping in. There will be no tents, only vehicles.
RV World and the campgrounds are directly next to each other, and you can walk between the two areas freely and at all hours. The campground is full of tents and no vehicles. All vehicles entering RV World will be thoroughly searched by our licensed security team, so check the website for banned items.
Arriving & Departing
Expect some delays when arriving and departing, as a lot of vehicles will be trying to get in and out of the campers carpark and RV World at the same time. Please be patient. We will all be working to get you in and out as safely and efficiently as possible.
On Monday, you’re welcome to stay and sleep in, eat, drink coffee, reminisce over your Insta feed…just don’t wait in your car. If you have an early flight or need to get to work, be prepared to be an early riser.
Vehicles Cannot Be Moved
Once parked, your vehicle cannot be moved again until you depart the festival. Those with vehicles in the campers carpark or RV World can come and go to their car as often as necessary to charge phones, store valuables or use the rear-view mirror for make-up application. If you leave the site in your car, security will assume you are going home and will remove your wristband, so catch a bus instead.
There will be a number of festival bus services operating between the festival and surrounding areas, including frequent shuttle services to Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay from Wednesday for campers staying on site. Check here for the latest info.
When you get to the show you’ll notice our ah-freakin-mazing new toilets and showers! Purpose built and recently completed the toilets are waterless and composting – so no butts, pads, make-up or plastics please and the showers are warm, however please consider others and keep the showers brief.
Food & Supplies
There will be a number of awesome food options available 24 hours a day in the campground from Wednesday through to Monday. If you need other supplies, please shop for them before you arrive or you can hit up the General Store within the festival area which will be stocked with ice, soft drinks, juice, chips, chocolate, water, bread, milk, bacon, eggs, breakfast cereal, toothpaste, shampoo, enviro-bags, condoms, tampons, clothes pegs, headache pills and more. We will also have Ice sales in the campgrounds every morning.
Patron Safety Hotline
There will be a Patron Safety Hotline that you can call regarding safety, medical or security matters. This number will be on display around the campground. First Aid services will also be available.
While at North Byron Parklands, please go to your closest Camp Marshall if you have any questions or concerns. For all waste and recycling questions please ask one of our friendly Green Chiefs.
We’re all pretty excited about our beautiful venue and it’s going to get better and better for years to come. In keeping with our long-term vision we have a bunch of environmental programs and procedures in place to minimise our environmental impact. To complement our enviro team’s hard work we would like you all to participate in ethical environmental practices during your festival experience. Here’s how you can help…
Most importantly, please do not litter under any circumstances. No, no, no! Separate your rubbish and recycling in the bags provided upon arrival and make use of our two-bin system (identical to your bins at home) and please take what you bring to the festival home with you again. Oh, and be sure to show our Green Chiefs and Green Team members some love as they move through the campground helping to keep our waste systems under control.
Camp Little-foot Print
This year we are encouraging festivalgoers to adopt and embrace a more sustainable approach to their festival experience. For those of you who seek to leave as little impact as possible, here’s your chance to prove it! Subscribe to our criteria for Camp Little-foot Print and you can bask in the benefits of a) great campsite location b) positively enlightened vibe c) an exclusive chariot ride to your campsite and d) being surrounded by karma max, like-minded people!
Do's & Dont's
- NO ALCOHOL IN CAMPGROUND – vehicles, bags and camping equipment will be searched on arrival. The Organiser reserves the right to refuse a ticketholder admission to the campground or to evict that person from the campground if they are affected by alcohol or drugs, or act in contravention of any of the Camping Terms and Conditions.
- NO OPEN FIRES – Campfires are not permitted at North Byron Parklands; however there will be managed bonfires.
- NO LIQUID FUEL CONTAINERS PERMITTED. Gas fuelled cookers are OK.
- CAMPERS ONLY IN CAMPGROUND. No access without a camping ticket or wristband.
- ARRIVE TOGETHER TO CAMP TOGETHER - If you want to camp alongside friends you must arrive together. You cannot hold campsites for friends. NO EXCEPTIONS
- NO TENTS IN RV WORLD – only vehicles designed for sleeping in.
- AVOID GLASS – glass and camping aren’t a good mix.
- RESPECT OTHER CAMPERS -Any unruly behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in your removal from the site.
- LEAVE VALUABLES AT HOME or lock them in your car. Report any suspicious behaviour to your area marshal, security or police or call the Patron Safety Hotline. There are Lockerboxes on site that can be booked before you arrive - visit lockerbox.net.au for more info.
- NO ANIMALS OR PETS ALLOWED.
- NO DRUGS - Anyone found with illegal substances in their possession will be removed from the campground and will be the subject of police action.
- NO VANDALISM – Do not damage or tamper with any infrastructure, or damage flora and fauna or enter any on-site bodies of water. Anyone doing so will be removed from the campground.
- NO AGGRO - Patrons will be removed from the campground if they behave in a threatening or inappropriate manner towards other patrons or staff. If at any time you feel your safety or anyone else’s safety is threatened, contact the nearest security guard or camping marshal or call the Patron Safety Hotline.
- BIN IT!! - Put rubbish and recyclables in the correct bins. Don’t drop ciggie butts on the ground.
- USE THE LOOS – The environment doesn’t need your waste, but our composting toilets do!
- CAMPING OPTIONS - If you have your camping and event tickets but have left your planning to the last minute you can try these Splendour partners for camping options.
Need a Splendour ticket? Nab one right now through the Resale at moshtix.com.au or phone 1300 GET TIX (438 849).
LOCAL ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
Shuttle services will run between surrounding locations including Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads and North Byron Parklands. Head to splendourinthegrass.com for all the up to date bus schedule information.
PLAYING TIMES & MAP + THE SPLENDOUR 2014 SOUVENIR PROGRAM FOR IPAD
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2014 PLAYING TIMES
& THE SPLENDOUR 2014 SOUVENIR PROGRAM FOR IPAD
“Splendour’s playing times are always awesome! There’s never a clash amongst it” Anonymous
If there’s one sure fire sign that Splendour In The Grass is almost upon us, it’s the release of the playing times.
Today is the day!
And the other best way to get oneself giddy with excitement for Splendour 2014? That would be the The Splendour 2014 Souvenir Program of course! It’s available right this very minute for download to your iPad.
Discover the line-up, learn about the artists, and find all the event info you will need. With exclusive interviews with bands, maps & playing times, quiz pages, food guides and loads of other cool stuff packed into 116 pages...
And if anything should change before the show, the iPad program will update automatically (Magic Happens!) so you can be assured you have the latest info. Trust us, you need it.
Get your mitts on the Splendour 2014 Souvenir Program for iPad right HERE, right now!
You can view/download Playing Times for each day HERE. And you can view/download the Event Map HERE.
MAKING YOUR FESTIVAL MORE SPLENDID
Here at Spotify HQ, we like your fine selves are counting down the sleeps til Splendour! And to help you have a premium festival experience – we are thrilled to provide you free WiFi, places to view the playing times, and help with moving gear to your campsite. And yes we are giving you all this… For free. Just like our Splendour 2014 Lineup playlist. And make sure you check out our most recent 'Best of Splendour' Playlist to get you ready! 21 More Sleeps. #SpotifyOnSite
MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE UPDATE
We are very happy that Telstra has made the commendable decision to deploy 2 COWs for Splendour 2014. We understand that this will improve mobile services for Telstra customers both at Splendour and in the areas immediately surrounding North Byron Parklands for the duration of the event.
With regard to Telstra's permanent solution, North Byron Parklands is still in a trial phase and not in a position to invest in permanent infrastructure, but we look forward to working with Telstra on a mutually beneficial plan for the future.
Following this latest news, we are now pleased to say that all 3 main mobile carriers – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – will have additional capacity at Splendour. Plus, our friends at Spotify are providing additional connectivity via free public wi-fi hotspots for internet around the festival site.
Big ups Telstra!
SPLENDOUR FORUM 2014, FORUM TWILIGHT FILM FESTIVAL & THE LATE NIGHT COMEDY CLUB
THE SPLENDOUR FORUM RETURNS WITH NEW FILM FESTIVAL & COMEDY CLUB
Laugh until you cry, ponder and pontificate until your brain may burst, all in the one location. Where? The Splendour Forum of course!
Splendour in the Grass is thrilled to reveal the programs for the 2014 Splendour Forum, the all-new Forum Twilight Film Festival and the very first Splendour Late Night Comedy Club! Yes that’s right…Splendour Forum is no longer just challenging and thought provoking, it’s now also f**king hilarious!
The Splendour Forum, a special space where you can take a seat, relax, and flex some serious mental muscle. By day, join some of today's most prominent and interesting thinkers, politicians and musicians as they raise the roof with live discussion, panels, debates, interviews, Q&A sessions, philosophical talks and more.
Each afternoon at dusk catch the Forum Twilight Film Festival, screening the latest thought-provoking social and political documentaries and music bio-pics. Go behind the scenes with live Q and A talks with film directors and enjoy A Taste of Tropfest - a selection of outrageous, hilarious and moving films from the world's largest short film festival.
Then once the sun sets, prepare to have your ribs tickled by 26 of Australia’s top comedians. The inaugural Splendour Late Night Comedy Club features side-splitting, knee-slapping hilarity from the likes of triple j favourites Matt Okine, Tom Ballard and Mel Buttle, Good News Week’s Claire Hooper, Spicks & Specks host Josh Earl, Greg Fleet and more. LOLs, ROFLs and LMFAOs are 99.999999% guaranteed.
Open 10am ‘til late daily. Check the daily schedule.
2014 SPLENDOUR FORUM
Keynote Interview: PAUL GILDING with Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall: Life on Earth in 2030 - Fun, Frazzled or F%*ked?
“The Earth Is Full." This is how Paul Gilding describes the state of our stressed planet in his gripping TED talk that has already clocked up more than a million views. So what does the former global CEO of Greenpeace, acclaimed author and now one of the world's leading advisers on a sustainable economy believe the future holds for us? Despite all evidence indicating disaster, Gilding remains an unstoppable optimist and believes humanity will rise to the occasion, facing change on a scale and at a speed incomprehensible today.
Q&A with Tony Jones
Democracy in action comes to Splendour with our sincerely flattering festival edition of Q&A - Australia’s favourite two-way TV show that brings punters, pollies and pundits together to thrash out the hot issues of the day. Splendour’s Q&A won’t be on ABC TV, but you can join Q&A host, Tony “I’ll take that as a comment” Jones, for an opportunity to ask questions directly to our politicians and opinion makers from across the political spectrum. To ask a question, email email@example.com
Discussion Panel: BIG BROTHER IS DEFINITELY WATCHING: Why should you care about Edward Snowden and his leaks?
Why should revelations by former US National Security Agency contractor-turned international asylum seeker Edward Snowden about mass internet and phone surveillance matter to you? If you’re not a terrorist or a criminal, why should you care whether the Google searches you key in, the Facebook updates you post, the gmails you send and the Skype calls you make might be monitored? How much can you trust governments, their agencies and digital media and telecommunications corporations when they operate in secrecy?
In an Australian first, join our expert panel of former NSA officer-turned whistleblower Thomas Drake, whose own leaks inspired Snowden, attorney Jesselyn Radack, the Director of National Security and Human Rights with the US Government Accountability Project and who defended both Drake and Snowden, Greens’ communications spokesman Senator Scott Ludlam, technology academic and writer Dr Suelette Dreyfus and award-winning security journalist Patrick Gray, as they uncover the truth of mass collection of ordinary citizens’ data and why your privacy matters.
WOMEN OF LETTERS: Splendour Edition V
Writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire are back to celebrate the beautiful lost art of letter writing with their annual special festival edition of this lovely literary salon. Join artists including Lauren Mayberry (Chvrches), Courtney Barnett, Gossling, Jennifer Boyce (Ball Park Music), Nkechi Anele (Saskwatch), Liz Drummond (Little May) and musical comedians Alice Fraser and Genevieve Fricker as they each narrate their “Letter to the Song They Wish They’d Written” and maybe perform it.
APRA Presents: SONGWRITERS SPEAK
Join Australian songwriters including Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus), the guys from Rüfüs and Japanese Wallpaper (aka 17-year-old wunderkind producer Gab Strum) with singer Wafia as they chat to ABC broadcaster Robbie Buck about their musical influences, lyrical inspirations and the songwriting craft.
Satire: A RATIONAL FEAR
Fast-paced satirical panel show A Rational Fear returns with more of its trademark cutting-edge comedy with social and political bite. Join host, writer and producer Dan Ilic (Hungry Beast, Can of Worms) and some of the funniest brains in Australian satire including writer/comedian/broadcaster Lewis Hobba (triple j, Hungry Beast), comedians Greg Fleet, Genevieve Fricker and James Colley and special guests.
Discussion panel: LOADED: Honest Conversations About Drugs
“Sex, drugs and rock and roll”. Does the cliché ring true for Australian artists? Do substances help or hinder creativity? Journalist Andrew McMillen, whose new book, Talking Smack: Honest Conversations About Drugs is based on interviews with 14 Australian musicians – including Paul Kelly, Gotye, Tina Arena and Steve Kilbey - is joined by musicians Scott Owen (The Living End), MC REMi, Dan Mac (Art vs Science) and the guys from Kingswood, comedian Greg Fleet, former Au Go Go Records owner Greta Moon (now a doctor specialising in psychiatry with an interest in addiction medicine), and writer/broadcaster Dominic Knight (ABC radio, The Chaser), as they discuss their own experiences with alcohol, illicit, prescription and legal drugs, rehab and sobriety.
Discussion Panel: CHANGING THE WORLD with beer, toilet paper and mouse clicks
Want to save the world but don’t know where to start? Writer/broadcaster Dominic Knight (ABC local radio, The Chaser) takes tips from the some of Australia’s leading activists for climate, social, political and economic change, including social entrepreneur Simon Griffiths, Australian Youth Climate Coalition co-founder and now Earth Hour Australia director Anna Rose; veteran environmental activist Paul Gilding; Australian Ethical Investments director Mara Bun; and Simon Sheikh, former national director of advocacy group GetUp.
Only 11 Americans have ever been charged under the Espionage Act of 1917, eight of them in the past six years. In this Australian-first, special screening, Oscar-nominated documentarian James Spione recounts the personal journeys of two of those accused, former NSA officer Thomas Drake and ex-CIA operative John Kiriakou, who first revealed “waterboarding”, along with Jesselyn Radack, the accountability advocate who helped bring their cases to light. With particular resonance in the post-Snowden era, Silenced makes an impassioned and thought-provoking defense of whistleblowers as an indispensible unit in a functioning democracy. Executive Produced by Susan Sarandon.
Discussion panel: How Far Would You Go To Tell The Truth?
If you saw something seriously wrong going on, would you be willing to risk your job to expose it? Go to prison? Flee your country?
Meet the whistleblower who inspired Edward Snowden, former NSA crypto-linguist Thomas Drake, who was spied on and charged by the very government he had worked for. Also on the panel are US attorney Jesselyn Radack, who defended both Snowden and Drake and has been the subject of surveillance herself because of her work and WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, who has championed whistleblower protection in federal parliament. Hosted by Dr Suelette Dreyfus, author of the first major book about computer hacking in Australia (with Julian Assange) and a technology researcher.
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FORUM TWILIGHT FILM FESTIVAL
The Forum Twilight Film Festival brings you a killer line up of documentaries and Q and As with film directors, as well as showcasing the best in short film with A TASTE OF TROPFEST. Other films being screened include:
Documentary and Q&A: IN BOB WE TRUST
In Bob We Trust follows the irreverent philosopher and working class hero Father Bob Maguire, the dissident priest loved by the faithful and the secular alike. For almost 40 years he dedicated his life to improving the lives of others, especially the poor and disadvantaged, including non-Catholics. His enforced retirement as South Melbourne parish priest provides a dramatic time bomb to the documentary, where he is joined on screen by many of his fellow parish travellers and his long-time collaborator, John Safran. Written and directed by Lynn-Maree Milburn, produced by Richard Lowenstein (Dogs In Space). Film to be followed by Q&A with Richard Lowenstein and webchat with Father Bob.
First time filmmaker Tom Meadmore follows his girlfriend and boss as they pursue their respective dreams to become musicians. His own insecurities flare as he struggles to find a story, and begins challenging their flaws, on camera, jeopardizing the film, their relationships and careers. It’s a film about what it takes to evolve a passion into a profession, asking ‘what does it take to be successful?’ It’s about the creative process, self-motivation and overcoming self-doubt. It’s also about what happens when one projects ones own fears onto those closest to them. Preview screening to be followed by Q&A.
Documentary: Big Name, No Blanket
George Rrurrambu Burarrawanga was the charismatic frontman of the pioneering Warumpi Band of the 1980s, who combined rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, pop and traditional culture to raise awareness about Indigenous contemporary issues. Dubbed “the black Mick Jagger” for his energetic performances and hailed a legend for being the first to sing pop songs in Aboriginal languages, George was also the first Aboriginal man to introduce clap sticks and boomerangs into modern music that reached wider Australian audiences. George made an extraordinary contribution to contemporary Aboriginal music and reconciliation before his untimely death in 2007 at age 51. This is his story.
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SPLENDOUR LATE NIGHT COMEDY CLUB
From the well- known stars of TV, radio and the inter-tubes to the hottest new acts, these dead funny ladies and gents will descend upon the Forum each night, delivering three hours of stomach-cramping jokes, stories and general mayhem. Grab a drink from the cocktail bar at the back and enjoy a few laughs. The new Splendour Late Night Comedy Club runs every evening of the festival, starting later and later every night, featuring:
Tom Ballard, Matt Okine, Josh Earl, Claire Hooper, Bedroom Philosopher (aka Justin Heazlewood), Greg Fleet, Mel Buttle, Daniel Townes, Michael Hing, Bart Freebairn, Cam Knight, Anne Edmonds, John Conway, David Quirk, Amos Gill, Becky Lucas, Gen Fricker, Alice Fraser, Jack Druce, Greg Larsen, Henry Stone, Susie Youssef, Tommy Dassalo, Damien Power, Alex Ward, Sam Campbell + Special Guests.
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AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MUSIC
The Australian Institute of Music is a proud sponsor of Splendour in the Grass 2014. Make sure to head to their album cover photo booth at the festival for funny dress up photos. Australian Institute of Music Open Day; Saturday 16 August. aim.edu.au/events/2014/open-day