Parklands is currently approved to host 3 events per year with a total maximum of 10 event days.
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
Since its debut in Byron Bay in 2001 Splendour in the Grass has grown to become arguably Australia's most popular music and arts event. The scramble for tickets each year highlights the popularity of this internationally acclaimed event with tickets consistently selling out in record time. Splendour has hosted literally some of the biggest names in contemporary music and continues to be the hot mid winter destination on the Australian music event calendar. For 3 days patrons literally make Splendour their home away from home - there's art, craft, workshops, market stalls, yoga, dance and fusion food. There's the incredibly popular Splendour Forum where guests discuss both the heavy and lighter topics, and ponder the tricky philosophical questions. There's comedy and there's karaoke. There's even a Splendour Day Spa and the Very Small Mall. But most importantly there's music and the spirit of community.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS AT PARKLANDS DURING SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2014
At Parklands we know how important it is to stay in touch with family and friends via mobile telephone. Parklands have been working with various mobile telecommunication companies to provide you with a fast and reliable service that you can count on during events.
Each mobile phone company traditionally provides a Cell on Wheels (otherwise known as a COW) to expand their network coverage and capacity. Check out what you can expect from your carrier below:
- Optus Customers
Optus customers can expect good coverage throughout Splendour 2014 through the provision of a COW with a significant relay tower (some 40m), which is located at the venue.
- Vodafone Customers
Vodafone customers will also benefit from a COW being strategically placed at the venue to improve coverage and capacity.
- Telstra Customers
Telstra customers are going to struggle this year to get a line out or download-upload data as Telstra will not be providing any expanded network infrastructure. Last year Telstra provided two COWs, which resulted in a strong network performance for their customers.
Parklands has been in contact with Telstra over the last 8 months and we are very disappointed that this major mobile phone service provider will not have any additional network facilities in place. Therefore, its customers will have virtually no mobile phone coverage at one of Australia’s premier outdoor festivals.
If you’re with Telstra you might want to consider moving to another service provider or at the very least hang out with those of your mates that are on Optus and Vodafone during the event.
- Surrounding Neighbours
To our surrounding neigbours who use Telstra mobile, Parklands wishes to apologies in advance for any lack of service during the Splendour in the Grass event. As discussed with local residents at a number of community meetings over the past 12 months, Parklands believed that Telstra was going to install Optic Fibre to the site and provide a number of COWs. We had these commitments in writing however this telco has reneged on these vital service provisions. We are very disappointed that Telstra will not only be letting event patrons down, they will also be letting rural customers down as well.
Again, our sincere apologies.
- July 2014
Parklands is pleased to advise that Telstra has made the commendable decision to deploy 2 COWs for Splendour 2014. We understand that this will improve mobile services for Telstra customers both at Splendour and in the areas immediately surrounding Parklands for the duration of the event.
With regard to Telstra's permanent solution, Parklands is still in a trial phase and not in a position to invest in permanent infrastructure, but we look forward to working with Telstra on a mutually beneficial plan for the future.
Following this latest news, we are now pleased to say that all 3 main mobile carriers – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – will have additional capacity at Splendour.
Falls is a multi day camping event which takes place at the end of December in Lorne (Victoria), Marion Bay (Tasmania) and now at Parklands in Byron Bay which hosted the inaugural Northern NSW leg Dec 13 / Jan 14th. The event presents music acts from around the globe and has a strong focus on the arts and environment. Over the years Falls Festival has been developed and fostered by a group of family and friends and this tradition continues today. It is one of the most beloved music and arts festivals in Australia.
"Energy levels were clearly high all over the festival, as punters bounded up and down the steep hill which formed one side of the vast natural amphitheatre surrounding the main stage. It is an impressive site to behold, and certainly adds to the essence of wonder and beauty already established by Byron Bay's sister venues in Lorne and Marion Bay." (Music Feeds 2014)