The brainchild of Dew Process founder Paul Piticco and Village Sounds director Jessica Ducrou, Splendour will be held at North Byron Parklands from July 25 – 27.
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News of OutKast’s opening night headline slot comes as no real surprise. Andre 3000 and Big Boi leaked their Splendour engagement over the weekend in post that’s since been deleted from their Website.
Since debuting in 2001, Splendour has grown into one of the most celebrated destinations in Australia’s logjammed festivals space. There’s a handful of reasons behind its hot-ticket status -- it’s a rare mid-winter camping event, held in one of the country’s most sought-after holiday spots, and the international performers are typically “in-cycle.” It’s not uncommon for the big names to test new tunes on the Splendour crowds.
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Splendour is also one of the most expensive tickets going. Single day tickets cost Australian $149 ($138) plus booking fees, while a three-day pass is Australian $355 ($329) plus booking fee. For a five-night camping ticket, add $99 ($91) plus a booking fee. When ticket prices are converted to U.S. currency, this year’s show is actually cheaper than last time.
The announcement of the Splendour bill is itself something of a national event. The line-up was revealed Wednesday morning on the Triple J youth radio network, to a population still chilled-out from the Easter break with another public holiday, ANZAC Day, landing on Friday.
Tickets go on sale May 2 through Moshtix.