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Splendour Has Beefed Up Security To “Airport” Level This Year Due To “Recent Events”

Splendour In The Grass promoters have announced a big security beef-up for this year’s event in light of “recent events around the world”.

Though they haven’t mentioned what specific events have inspired the new safety overhaul, it’s likely they’re referring to recent incidents of terror that have seen live music events targeted by extremists in Europe, such as the deadly attack we witnessed on on Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert earlier this year.

Organisers say they’ve consulted with police and security to review the festival’s policies, resulting in some changes in 2017, including new “bag size” stipulations, the regular bag and vehicle searches and the introduction of “wanding”.

“These new security measures are no more invasive than you’ll experience at any airport around the world,” Splendour heads assure us in a statement, adding that “We’ve made some changes that will assist with event safety and simultaneously open up some new fashion options for you.”

And by that, they mean #bumbags.

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“All Backpacks and any bags over 30cm (l) x 20cm (w) x 5cm (d) will not be allowed into the event area so pack light and embrace the #bumbag or should we say #fannypack,” organisers say. “Any backpacks and any bags larger than 30cm (l) x 20cm (w) x 5cm (d) must be stored at the Cloakroom prior to entering the festival.”

FYI you can still take bigger bags into the camping area, just not the event space.

Meanwhile, there’ll be an amped-up police and security presence at this year’s Byron Bay bash, and they’ll be employing a technique called “wanding” (which sadly isn’t a Harry Potter reference).

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“This is just like walking through that metal detector thing at the airport only this time it’s a wand,” organisers explain. “It’s going to slow down the entry process so be prepared for some delays, so please be patient.”

As usual, there’ll also be drug dogs swarming the fest as well.

If anyone has concerns about safety they can contact the Patron Safety Hotline on 1300 940 928 from 9am this Wednesday, 19th July and for a list of banned items at this year’s event you can click here.

Splendour organisers revealed this year’s official set times earlier this month, and since then an international artist has pulled out of the festival due to “unforeseen scheduling issues”.

Catch the official weather forecast for this weekend’s festival here.

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

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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