Music fans Down Under, mark your calendars for May 5, when tickets go on sale for Australia's innovatively green Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay. This non-corporate, small-capacity festival is unfurling its flag July 29-31, featuring Kanye West, Coldplay and 79 other acts on three stages.
In both 2009 and 2010, the event sold out in a few hours, and this year the same is expected, with tickets going on sale May 9 at 9 a.m. EST. Tickets range from AUD$401.50 to AUD$525.60 (around €290 to €380).
Even by the standards of the southern hemisphere's obsession with music festivals, Splendour in the Grass, now in its 11th year, gets the nod in all the important areas - from line-up, location and atmosphere through to originality and eco-friendliness. Plus the event incorporates big name acts with an arts program, along with a marketplace, workshops, spa treatments, and a global food fair to keep attendees entertained.
The Splendour festival combines a relatively small capacity (only 15,000 tickets every year, in comparison to the notorious Big Day Out with upwards of 50,000) with a collection of headline acts that come for the festival and stay for the weekend.
Other acts included in the lineup are Jane's Addiction, The Hives, The Kills, Cut Copy, James Blake, Thievery Corporation, and DJ Shadow.
Tickets are available through Moshtix: http://www.moshtix.com.au
To learn more about the lineup and event details: http://splendourinthegrass.com
For a taste of Splendour in the Grass, watch last year's promotional video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=furB5hcVaSA