SPECULATION ON SPIN OFF
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