Australians, it’s time to pack away your gum boots for the year and completely forget about dancing in a field this spring — because music lovers won’t be descending upon North Byron Bay Parkland in November. For the second year in a row, Splendour in the Grass has been forced to change its plans due to the pandemic. Like fellow Byron Bay festival Bluesfest, the event will now sit out 2021 completely due to the COVID-19 situation in New South Wales, and will instead reclaim its usual winter slot in 2022.
The dates to mark in your diary: Friday, July 22–Sunday, July 24, 2022, as that’s when the fest will now celebrate its 20th-anniversary event. And, in a welcome development, festival organisers have confirmed that already-announced headliners Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator will all still play next year.
“With vaccine rollout progressing more slowly than anticipated, we have made the decision to move the 20th-anniversary edition of the festival to July 2022,” said Splendour in the Grass co-founders Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco in a statement.
“We are confident that moving the festival to July 2022 will finally see us enjoying Splendour in the Grass in all its glory. More of the population will be vaccinated, international talent will have the ability to enter the country more freely and we’ll be able to deliver the Splendour in the Grass that you know and love.”
The news is hardly unexpected; Bluesfest made the same announcement just two days ago, on Wednesday, August 18. Also, Splendour had already ditched its usual July 2021 plans in favour of a move to November, and also scrapped a planned pop-up event in Sydney in July as well. One Splendour-related event has gone off without a hitch this year, though: Splendour XR, the event’s online-only fest.
Who else will join Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator onstage hasn’t yet been revealed, but the festival now has plenty of time to finalise its lineup given that Splendour’s new dates are 11 months away.
If you have already purchased a ticket for SITG 2020 or 2021, you’ll be happy to know that they’re still valid for the 2022 edition. And if you don’t have a ticket yet, you can head to the festival’s website to nab a pre-loved ticket now.
Splendour in the Grass has been postponed again and will now take over North Byron Bay Parkland from Friday, July 22–Sunday, July 24, 2022. All 2020 and 2021 tickets are valid for the new dates, with pre-loved tickets currently available via splendourinthegrass.com.
Top image: Charlie Hardy.
Published on August 20, 2021 by Sarah Ward