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Police Reveal One Of Their Biggest Operations Yet Ahead Of Splendour In The Grass

Written by Tom Williams on July 19, 2017

New South Wales Police have revealed the “high-visibility” operation which will be up and running at this weekend’s Splendour In The Grass festival in Byron Bay, and it’s one of their biggest to date.

The police operation will work alongside Splendour’s new “airport”-level security checks, and will include police officers, drug-detection dogs, the Public Order & Riot Squad, the Mounted (horse) Unit, Traffic & Highway Patrol Command and the Operations Support Group.

“Our officers will be targeting anyone involved with illegal drug use and supply, underage drinking, alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour,” says Detective Superintendent Wayne Starling from the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command.

“Large numbers of both uniformed and plain-clothes police with drug-detection dogs will be patrolling the entire event footprint — they are on site to ensure the event is safe for everyone.

“Festival-goers who choose to do the wrong thing, breach the event’s terms and conditions or risk the safety of other music fans, will be quickly identified and dealt with accordingly.”

As usual, police will also be targeting speeding, drink-and-drug-driving and other dangerous behaviour around the festival grounds this year.

“Officers will be conducting regular roadside drug and alcohol testing both during and following the festival, and anyone caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be arrested,” Superintendent Starling says.

“We are also reminding motorists to stick to the speed limit and ensure everyone in your vehicle is wearing their seatbelt.”

Festival organisers are anticipating an increase in traffic through the Byron Shire before and during the festival, so punters are being urged to plan their trips ahead of time.

Police are also urging anyone who is affected by drugs, excessive alcohol or is feeling unwell during the event to seek out medical staff who will be scattered around the grounds.

Police praised the behaviour of Splendour In The Grass attendees last year, despite 323 people allegedly being caught with illegal substances and five people being charged with drug supply.

Splendour 2017 will take place at North Byron Parklands from Friday, 21st to Sunday, 23rd July. Plan your festival experience with the official set times, weather forecast and an overview of the event’s new security measures.

Gallery: Best Of Splendour In The Grass 2016 – Day 2 / Photos: Maria Boyadgis

Splendour In The Grass 2017 Lineup

THE FOOTBALL CLUB

WHARVES

joining…

THE XX

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

ROYAL BLOOD

HAIM

SIGUR RÓS

SCHOOLBOY Q (ONLY AUS SHOW)

VANCE JOY

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB

PEKING DUK

RL GRIME

BONOBO

FATHER JOHN MISTY

TASH SULTANA

CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN

PAUL KELLY

STORMZY

KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD

GEORGE EZRA

FUTURE ISLANDS (ONLY AUS SHOW)

BANKS

BERNARD FANNING

DUNE RATS

CUT COPY

ÁSGEIR

ALLDAY

MEG MAC

RAG’N’BONE MAN

THUNDAMENTALS

LIL YACHTY

SAN CISCO

CLIENT LIAISON

REAL ESTATE

DAN SULTAN

VALLIS ALPS

D.D DUMBO

MAGGIE ROGERS

TOVE LO

POND

THE SMITH STREET BAND

BIG SCARY

OH WONDER

A.B. ORIGINAL

DOPE LEMON

THE KITE STRING TANGLE

YOUNG FRANCO

JULIA JACKLIN

KINGSWOOD

AMY SHARK

LUCA BRASI

THE LEMON TWIGS

VERA BLUE

SLUMBERJACK

BAD//DREEMS

BAG RAIDERS

TOPAZ JONES

MIDDLE KIDS

OCEAN GROVE

CONFIDENCE MAN

BISHOP BRIGGS

LATE NITE TUFF GUY

JULIEN BAKER

KILTER

LANY

HOCKEY DAD

KIRIN J CALLINAN

AIRLING

COSMO’S MIDNIGHT

GRETTA RAY

MOONBASE

THE PEEP TEMPEL

TORNADO WALLACE

THE MURLOCS

MALLRAT

LUKE MILLION

THE WILSON PICKERS

ROMARE

JARROW

GOOD BOY

KUREN

ONEMAN

WINSTON SURFSHIRT

SET MO

HWLS

HARVEY SUTHERLAND AND BERMUDA

CC:DISCO!

ENSCHWAY

DJHMC

NITE FLEIT

ALICE IVY

WILLOW BEATS

WILLARIS. K

MOOKHI

SWINDAIL

DENA AMY

ANDY GARVEY

PLANÈTE

SAM WESTON

SUPER CRUEL

CHRISTOPHER PORT

LEWIS CANCUT

KINDER

Splendour In The Grass 2017

Friday, 21st — Sunday, 23rd July — SOLD OUT

North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay

Tickets: Official Website

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