Splendour In The Grass Apologise For 2022 Festival & Announce Changes

24 February 2023 | 11:32 am | Parry Tritsiniotis

"We are deeply sorry."

(Image: Savannah Van Der Niet)

The organisers and co-founders of Splendour in the Grass have released a statement apologising for their 2022 festival and laid out a series of changes and improvements to make future festivals even stronger.

On their website, Paul Piticco and Jess Ducrou stated that the festival was, “without a doubt the most challenging and difficult."

“While we can’t control the weather, we can manage how we respond and for that, we are deeply sorry.”

Rather than looking backwards the founders are looking forward with proactive improvements to the festival. 

"We have invested enormous amounts of time and money over the last six months to upgrade the venue and our processes."

It continues, "[We] will continue to do so right up until Splendour 2023.”

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They state the improvements will come in the form of "weather proofing upgrades to the venue such as wider walkways and hard surfaces in key traffic areas around the toilets and amenity blocks."

They also quoted saying, "enhanced draining throughout the site, easier terrain to move around," as well as, "significant onsite materials and equipment to immediately address unexpected weather conditions, improved communications with you and our local community before, during and after the event, compliance from the bus companies to deliver on their agreed service levels, reviewing our traffic management plan with 2022 learnings."

They'll also "improve workforce levels and enhancing staff, volunteer and worker facilities for staying and working onsite."

You can read the full statement HERE.

5 festivals have been cancelled or postponed in the past month due to external factors, including weather.  

More NRG Music & Arts, 2 Degrees Festival, Play On The Plains, Lunar Electric Festival and Laneway Festival Auckland have all been cancelled in the past month.

At the end of last year, Strawberry Fields was also cancelled. Splendour In The Grass also had their first day cancelled due to flooding of the festival site.