SPEC­U­LA­TION ON SPIN OFF

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY LIVE & LOUD -

Bris­bane and Ade­laide will miss out on most Splen­dour in the Grass sideshows, leading to spec­u­la­tion there may be a Spin Off fes­ti­val in South Aus­tralia.

The sideshows re­leased on Mon­day in­cluded tour dates from artists in­clud­ing Fos­ter The People, Lon­don Gram­mar and Kelis who were down to play gigs in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Perth, but not in Bris­bane or Ade­laide.

Band of Skulls and James Vin­cent McMor­row are the only artists who will play sideshows in Bris­bane.

In 2012 and 2013, Splen­dour or­gan­is­ers put on a one-day Spin-Off fes­ti­val in Ade­laide fea­tur­ing a se­lec­tion of artists from the fes­ti­val in By­ron Bay, but they haven't an­nounced an event in SA in 2014.

Se­cret Sounds tour­ing com­pany, who are run­ning the sideshows, says the tour dates are de­cided based on artists' fees and ex­clu­siv­ity agree­ments, but they re­fused to com­ment on any Spin-Off fes­ti­val pos­si­bil­ity.

“Splen­dour and its bands mu­tu­ally agree fees ac­cord­ing to dif­fer­ent lev­els of ex­clu­siv­ity, as do most events. Also, be­cause a large per­cent­age of Splen­dour's ticket buy­ers are from the Bris­bane area most pro­mot­ers find this can im­pact on po­ten­tial sideshow sales in this re­gion,” Se­cret Sounds said in an email.

Tick­ets for the By­ron Bay fes­ti­val sold-out on Fri­day morn­ing in about two hours, but it was not with­out drama. Some ticket buy­ers were hit with ex­or­bi­tant credit card fees and of­fered re­duced price tick­ets on the Moshtix web­site, af­ter a sus­pected hack­ing at­tack.

Moshtix said “an iso­lated tech­ni­cal is­sue” was to blame and no credit card in­for­ma­tion had been com­pro­mised. They also said cus­tomers who were un­der­charged or over­charged would be con­tacted di­rectly. Splen­dour in the Grass, North By­ron Bay Park­lands, July 25-27

Band of Skulls

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