SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2012: HOW TO CREATE A FESTIVAL
After two years at the beautiful, sprawling Woodfordia site, Australia’s premier winter festival will return to its spiritual home Byron Bay in 2012 for a three-day shindig. Heading up the guest-list will be best friends Jack White, Bloc Party, Smashing Pumpkins and At The Drive-In, with other honoured guests including Lana Del Rey, Hilltop Hoods, Gossip, and Metric.
Of course, a party like this doesn’t happen by accident. There are teams of dedicated people working behind the scenes, people you rarely see, who are ensuring that your entire experience is smooth, safe and of course, fun. We spoke with the people involved with making it all happen including the construction and event management, the Very Small Mall, Splendour Arts and the Splendour Forum.
Fay Burstin has been the manager of the Splendour Forum since its inception three years ago. The concept of the Forum, which invites musicians, comedians, politicians, writers and many others to discuss and debate a variety of topics from the serious to the silly, was hatched by Fay herself and began in 2010.
“The Forum is one of Splendour’s many distinguishing features as a festival,” Fay says. “It’s an opportunity for punters to sit down, give themselves a break from the music, and take a moment to listen, reflect and engage.”
Fay has been attending Splendour since 2004, so she knows a thing or two about the Byron Bay extravaganza. While the music and artists are obviously the focal point of the weekend, Fay is also quick to point out how all the other aspects on offer combine to create a magical experience.“It all starts with the music, but that’s just the beginning. Once you’ve entered the rabbit-hole, there are so many layers to immerse yourself in.”
“You can lose yourself in bars, exotic food, markets, performance art, the tipi dance forest and, of course, sit down and engage in some intellectual or humourous dialogue at Splendour Forum!”
While not revealing too many details of this year’s Forum lineup, Fay did let slip that we can expect a panel on “whether rock stars need to have supernatural talent” helmed by John Safran. Can’t wait!
(click here for more info on the Splendour forum)
VERY SMALL MALL
For those who can’t go three days without a fashion fix, or left some clothing essentials at home and need an emergency replacement ASAP, there’s only one place to go – the Very Small Mall. Designer Pip Edwards is the curator of the VSM, and it’s her job to select the designers who will make up the sartorial section each year. “I handpick the designers that I love and want represented in the Very Small Mall. It’s my job to create a great fashion precinct within the festival.”
While she keeps herself busy, there’s also a few great fringe benefits of her job; getting to pow-wow with international supermodels, for one. “Last year I delivered a Sass & Bide care pack to Kate Moss, in The Kills’ dressing room,” Pip says. “I think I was speechless for a few hours after that. She’s pretty vocal for a little thing.”
The Very Small Mall is coming together nicely, with a bunch of names including One Teaspoon, Bec & Bridge, Maurie & Eve and Nathan Smith already locked in. Pip says the precinct is a great way for punters to get their hands on new threads from local designers, and as she says;“everyone loves to make a purchase at Splendour – even Kate Moss!”