Anyone under the age of 18 attending Splendor in the Grass near Byron Bay later this month will now need to be accompanied by an adult.
- All under 18s now require an adult to accompany them to Splendor
- The change comes a few days before the start of the festival
- Young fans risk fines if they disobey the rules
Ticket holders have been informed that the new rule is due to a change in liquor licensing laws for the event.
It previously applied to people under the age of 16.
Ticketing company Moshtix sent out an email alert notifying ticket holders of the changes.
“We understand that this is not ideal, we are not happy with this late change, but we must adhere to these new conditions imposed on us by the Police and Alcohol and Gaming,” the notice reads.
“Police will be present at the event, going through the crowd to check that underage minors are accompanied by a responsible adult.”
The notice said there were still “resale” tickets available for anyone who still needed an adult to accompany them.
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Abbey Davies, 16, from Lennox Head, has a three-day pass but does not expect her parents to buy a similar ticket.
“Dad said he was going for a day, to spend $200 on a day ticket,” she said.
But said she had contacted festival organizers for a refund for the other days, but had no response yet.
“There were about five of us going; four of us had three-day tickets and they’re all in the same boat, no parents are going.
“A few of them just want to go anyway and hope nobody gets fined.
Moshtix’s email says those who cannot find a responsible adult to attend the event can contact a support website using “SITG – U18” as the subject line to have any ticketing requests considered.
The ABC has contacted Splendor in the Grass and NSW Liquor and Gaming for a response.
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