Fes­ti­val ‘jumpers’ warned

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - EMILY HALLORAN

THOU­SANDS have pledged to jump the fence at this week­end’s Splen­dour in the Grass fes­ti­val af­ter be­ing left un­able to get a ticket.

Thirty-five thou­sand tick­ets sold out in less than 25 min­utes for the three-day event at North By­ron Park­lands, spark­ing a so­cial me­dia page en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to sneak in.

The Face­book page, ‘Jump­ing Splen­dour 2k18’, has more than 3800 at­tend­ing and 11,500 in­ter­ested.

In pre­vi­ous years, peo­ple have at­tempted to repli­cate fes­ti­val wrist­bands or bought used wrist­bands, but the pub­lic push for a mass fence jump has not been seen be­fore.

The Face­book call­out is urg­ing for a large num­ber of peo­ple to jump the fence to­gether, af­ter dark, mak­ing it hard for se­cu­rity and po­lice to catch them all.

Splen­dour in the Grass or­gan­is­ers posted to the Face­book page yes­ter­day, warn­ing fence jumpers would be caught and fined on the spot.

“We have been mon­i­tor­ing and are aware of all groups plan­ning to en­ter Splen­dour with­out a valid ticket,” the post read.

“Ev­ery sys­tem and ac­cess point you think you have mas­tered, we know about.

“Any­one tres­pass­ing on the Splen­dour or neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties with­out an event ticket will re­ceive an on-thes­pot fine and be re­moved from the fes­ti­val. If you are un­der 18, the po­lice will call your par­ents.”

Or­gan­is­ers re­peat­edly de­clined to talk to the Bul­letin when con­tacted yes­ter­day.

NSW De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Bren­don Cullen said he was aware of the Face­book page.

“Any­one who jumps has a risk of pros­e­cu­tion while do­ing it. They will be fined and re­moved,” he said.

“Any un­der age per­son com­mit­ting a crime, we al­ways call their par­ents … It’s part of how we deal with ju­ve­niles – we get their par­ents in­volved.

“It is an is­sue we deal with ev­ery year and there is plenty of se­cu­rity in place to com­bat these plans and oth­ers.”

Splen­dour starts to­day and fin­ishes on Sun­day.

Heavy po­lice pres­ence, with snif­fer dogs, is ex­pected through­out the three days.

Se­cu­rity will be thick on the ground at Splen­dour.

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