Splendour in the Grass 2016 will have additional festivalgoers this year as the police will join the three-day music festival.
Festivalgoers should expect heightened police visibility at Splendour in the Grass 2016 in Byron Bay from July 22 to 24. The annual three-day event is a big attraction for music lovers. This year’s lineup includes some of the biggest acts of the local industry.
A major draw this year is the reunion of The Avalanches, give or take a few changes in their original members. Nevertheless, they are back. Local favorite Flume as well as international bands like The Cure and The Strokes are also on the list.
However, the interest of authorities is on the welfare of festivalgoers. Hence, expect police to be around throughout the event, round the clock. Their purpose is to ensure the safety of the more than 35,000 people who will attend every day. Event organizers are also keen on the efforts of police to ensure a drug-free and safe environment for festivalgoers, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin. For their part, the policy against drug use at the Splendour in the Grass festival is written under the ticket terms and condition. Moreover, Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen of the Byron local area command issued a warning to would-be violators.
“We’re not there as killjoys but we also have a role to play in law enforcement… If people come in thinking they’re going to be supplying drugs or having a free run with making it a drug festival, they should be concerned that they are likely to be detected and removed from the festival,” Cullen advised.
In addition to drugs, the police would also be on the lookout for fence jumpers. This is not the first time that authorities would be at the music event. Police seized 468 grams of illegal substances during the 2015 Splendour in the Grass festival.