The air is getting a little crisper and the music industry goes a little quieter. This can only mean one thing; IT’S SPLENDOUR TIME!

Australia’s very own music and arts festival, Splendour in the Grass, dropped its mammoth line-up to its masses of fans and followers. Social media went into overdrive with the hype of a totally epic announcement of artists, some of the major headliners including The xx, Queens of the Stoneage, LCD Soundsystem, Royal Blood, Haim and Sigur Rós. Along with a new line-up comes a new sponsor: Visa will be the name plastered all over the festival site as the credit card company will help festival go-ers say goodbye to ‘drinks tickets’, and hello to Visa’s payWave, the tap and go option to pay for your beers and beverages.

Aussies have had a very hot and cold relationship with festivals, with favourites like Stereosonic, Soundwave and Big Day Out bowing out of the game and farewelling revellers. However, Splendour has remained a crowd favourite with punters, with its success a credit to organisers and staff for pushing the boundaries to promote a cultural experience inclusive of music, art, food and markets,

Tickets to the three-day festival will set you back $385+bf; a price that people are willing to pay to get amongst the madness and mud. In saying so, it really is madness when tickets go on sale, let alone pre-sale.

A small dose of drama is expected when thousands try to purchase a few hundred pre-sale tickets, which is what went down this morning. Queues of online ticket hunters were kept waiting in the dreaded ‘Greenroom’, the kind of place where your hopes and dreams go to rest in peace as you realise that your chances of scoring tickets are slim to none. If you were one of the lucky ones who escaped the Greenroom, your next obstacle was struggling to actually purchase a ticket. I know, I feel for you all. Tickets in baskets disappeared when folks tried to fork out their savings and finalise payment, which left people in the dark thinking “Okay, so did I buy tickets or did I not?”. And for the record, pre-sale sold out in minutes.

The beauty of having an official Facebook event page resulted in hundreds of disappointing comments from those who missed out on tickets, whether it be due to glitches in the website or simply not being able to get past the Greenroom. The forum also gives punters the opportunity to raise some very valid questions, like:

The Visa exclusive pre-sale raises some doubts online.

Drama aside, let’s hope everyone manages to get their hands on a well-deserved ticket, guaranteed to have you feeling sore, sparkly and a little bit worse for wear after the circus rolls out of town.

Author: Liberty Carter