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Priority Splendour tickets for Byron and Lennox locals

EARLY BIRDS: Jemma Ceurton, River Wright and Ashleigh Austen, all of Byron Bay, waiting at the front of the line for their locals pre-sale Splendour in the Grass tickets yesterday.
EARLY BIRDS: Jemma Ceurton, River Wright and Ashleigh Austen, all of Byron Bay, waiting at the front of the line for their locals pre-sale Splendour in the Grass tickets yesterday. Marnie Johnston

HUNDREDS of locals lined up around the corner at the Northern Hotel yesterday morning to walk away with a prized possession: a ticket to this year's Splendour in the Grass.

Before tickets open to the general public on Thursday, tickets were, as usual, able to be purchased yesterday by residents of Byron Bay and Lennox Head.

General manager of Splendour in the Grass, Darcy Condon said the morning was looking good and that he was pleased to see the gathered crowd had been blessed with beautiful weather for their wait this year.

"It's a good sign for how the show's going to go this year," Mr Condon said of the hundreds who had taken the opportunity to buy.

He said from what he'd seen the locals had all been queuing happily and nicely, pleased to get the opportunity to do so.

"It's a gesture to our community, to give them first dibs on what's a pretty popular item."

The Splendour crew were down there from 11am-5pm, processing ticket requests straight into Moshtix as the locals wandered in to nab their place at the favoured festival.

"As long as the internet holds up, it'll go swimmingly," Mr Condon said.

Ashleigh Austen, River Wright and Jemma Ceurton, all of Byron Bay, were third in line and had been waiting since 9am to snag tickets to their third Splendour in the Grass.

After setting up their picnic blanket on the path outside the pub, they'd passed the time by reading and discussing which act was set to be their highlight of the festival - in their case, Flume and Mumford and Sons.

Twenty-five metres down the line were Byron Bay girls Natasha Holland and her friend Jara, who had joined the queue at 9.30am.

They said they were keen to see The Rubens play this year, and were very happy with the idea of pre-sold locals' tickets.

"It means we won't miss out on tickets online; they sell out so fast," Natasha said.

Another 100m down the line, right at the very end, arriving 15 minutes before the doors were set to open were Lennox Head boys Bryce Wilson and Jack Johnston.

They said they didn't mind the wait, as it would all be worth it to see Wavves.

Get Tix

General Public Tickets for Splendour in the Grass 2013 go on sale at 9am AEST on Thursday through moshtix.com.au and 1300 GET TIX

(438 849).

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