Splendour rocks to success

Jay Cronan

SPLENDOUR in the Grass celebrated its 10th birthday at Woodford this weekend with 32,000 of its closest friends.

Acts like Ben Harper, The Strokes, Angus and Julia Stone and Hot Chip whipped crowds into a frenzy.

Frenzy turned to fever pitch on Saturday night when thousands of fans surged into the Amphitheatre arena to catch Brit-pop sensation, Florence and the Machine.

Security was quick to avert any potential for disaster by shutting down access to the area.

Organisers re-opened access once the danger was over and the crowd had safely dispersed.

Splendour in the Grass co-event producer Paul Piticco said he was thrilled with how smoothly the festival was running.

“It's been great, especially for an event that is being held for the first time at a new location,” he said.

“The situation at Florence and the Machine on Saturday night demonstrates how well we are planning for these types of events.”

Inspector John Lewis, from Queensland Police, said he was pleased with the behaviour of the crowds.

“The majority of incidences attended have been in relation to good order and liquor act offences,” he said.

A spokesperson for Splendour in the Grass first-aid said they were surprised with how few injuries had been treated.

“We have had a total of 14 transports to hospital and of those the majority were ankle injuries, sustained as a result of the undulating terrain at Woodford.

“Ninety per cent of the treatments conducted on-site have been for minor complaints, such as blisters, abrasions and sunburn.”

However, festival-goers seemed happy to sustain the odd injury to appease the party gods.

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