Two of the country’s biggest festivals are seeking permission to make the site of their current events permanent.
Splendour in the Grass (cap. 35,000) and Falls festival (16,000), both organised by Secret Sounds, are staged at North Byron Parklands in New South Wales. The site has been hosting the festivals as part of a five-year trial, which began in 2012 and was extended a further 20 months last year.
Now the site’s owner have submitted a AS$44 million (US$34.1m) plan to make the park the permanent home for the festivals, increase the potential capacity to 50,000 and stage 20 days of events annually.
“We hope to be able to operate on a permanent basis so that we can invest in improvements to the site which will further enhance this world-class cultural venue,” says Parklands general manager Mat Morris.
He adds that if the plans, which are currently under consideration by the Department of Planning and Environment, are rejected by the Government’s Department of Planning and the festivals relocated, the region would lose around AS$100 million ($78.6m) from the economy.
Acts playing Splendour in July include Lorde, Kendrik Lamar and Vampire Weekend, while Falls takes place at the end of the year. Secret Sounds is majority owned by Live Nation Entertainment.