Splendour in the Grass 2022: Brit artist Yungblud ‘organised a better gig in THREE hours’

How a British artist ‘organised a better show in THREE hours’ than Splendour in the Grass did after the Byron Bay festival’s first day was cancelled

  • British artist Yungblud organised a side show after the festival gig was cancelled
  • Splendour in the Grass canned its opening day on Friday due to torrential rain 
  • The Doncaster-born punk singer documented the planning of his gig at a pub
  • His management secured the Kingscliff Beach Hotel for an impromtu show
  • Hundreds of locals turned up despite many not knowing who he was
  • Yungblud was praised for showing better planning than Splendour organisers 

Revellers praised British punk singer Yungblud for organising a side show in the aftermath of his Splendour in the Grass gig being cancelled – saying he did a better job in three hours than festival organisers managed in three years.

The beloved Byron Bay festival descended into chaos on Thursday evening with thousands of guests attempting to enter the campgrounds – some waiting as long as 18 hours to get to the front of the queue.

With torrential rain battering the area, organisers made the decision to close the site for any further campers, instead relocating them to another area.

Friday’s opening day was subsequently cancelled, to the disappointment of the masses who splashed $600 on a ticket and braved the treacherous conditions.

Yungblud was one of dozens of artists who saw performances canned, but the rocker instead decided the show must go on and set about finding an alternative venue to play.

In less than three hours, the Doncaster-born singer had found a place, drawn up posters, promoted the gig and secured the equipment needed to put on a show.

‘Yungblud organised a better show in three f*cking hours then y’all did in three years and made it sound better and work (oh yeah him and the venue also made sure people left safely like you’re supposed to do big shocker),’ an attendee wrote to Splendour organisers.

Revellers praised British punk singer Yungblud for organising a side show in the aftermath of his Splendour in the Grass gig being cancelled

Revellers praised British punk singer Yungblud for organising a side show in the aftermath of his Splendour in the Grass gig being cancelled

In less than three hours after his Splendour performance was cancelled, the Doncaster-born singer had found a place, drawn up posters, promoted the gig and secured the equipment needed to put on a show

In less than three hours after his Splendour performance was cancelled, the Doncaster-born singer had found a place, drawn up posters, promoted the gig and secured the equipment needed to put on a show

The British artist documented the planning through a video on his social media accounts, showing his team working had behind the scenes to secure a venue.

‘I was supposed to play a festival in Australia but it got cancelled, so I decided to put a last-minute gig on,’ he said.

His management then started calling around pubs and clubs in the area, before Kingscliff Beach Hotel said they’d be willing to host.

They quickly mocked up a few posters, calling the show ‘Stuck in the mud’, and even found a support band.

The British artist documented the planning through a video on his social media accounts, showing his team working had behind the scenes to secure a venue

The British artist documented the planning through a video on his social media accounts, showing his team working had behind the scenes to secure a venue

They quickly mocked up a few posters, calling the show 'Stuck in the mud', and even found a support band

They quickly mocked up a few posters, calling the show ‘Stuck in the mud’, and even found a support band

Yungblud and his team went and checked out the pub barely an hour after it was announced, with hundreds of people already queuing down the street.

‘The place was mobbed, the police had to get called because we were over capacity,’ he said.

‘I had a little drink to calm my nerves, walked down to the stage and the energy was mental. It was bonkers.’

The venue’s courtyard was packed with screaming locals – many who admitted they didn’t know who Yungblud was but were just happy to have some semblance of the festival they shelled out for.

Some people were locked out of the Kingscliff Hotel because it was full, before Yungblud instructed those inside to chant to the security to open the doors.

‘Don’t be a c*nt, let them in,’ they screamed.

The British rocker was ecstatic after the show, running out of the venue yelling: ‘That is my f*cking sh*t’.

Yungblud and his team went and checked out the pub barely an hour after it was announced, with hundreds of people already queuing down the street

'The place was mobbed, the police had to get called because we were over capacity,' he said

Yungblud and his team went and checked out the pub barely an hour after it was announced, with hundreds of people already queuing down the street

Some people were locked out of the Kingscliff Hotel because it was full, before Yungblud instructed those inside to chant to the security to open the doors

Some people were locked out of the Kingscliff Hotel because it was full, before Yungblud instructed those inside to chant to the security to open the doors

Fans applauded the efforts of the punk artist, saying he helped cure the disappointment of Splendour’s cancelled opening night. 

‘Being there literally saved my weekend half the people there had 0 clue who he was and he still made a better performance with better sound then a festival who had THREE YEARS OF PREP,’ one person said.

‘Keep in mind he’s not even from here and most of his crew are UK also I spoke to the venue owner and it was like Christmas for her. I’m glad she got the money for her business rather then you incompetent assholes,’ a girl commented on Splendour’s Facebook. 

Another said: ‘ Most of the town heard he was coming for a last minute show & they flocked there.’    

Splendour in the Grass revellers were forced to wait as late as 6am to get a bus out of the festival grounds on Sunday morning

Splendour in the Grass revellers were forced to wait as late as 6am to get a bus out of the festival grounds on Sunday morning

Frustrated attendees took to social media to complain they waited as long as six hours for a bus to pick them up

Frustrated attendees took to social media to complain they waited as long as six hours for a bus to pick them up

The rain eased on Saturday but took another turn for the worse about 11pm as thousands of attendees tried to get back to their accommodation for the night. 

Frustrated attendees took to social media to complain they waited as long as six hours for a bus to pick them up.

In a statement on Sunday, organisers said everyone was off the premises by 3:30am, with people heaping further criticism after the response.  

‘We hear you and we understand your frustration with our bus services last night,’ Splendour posted to social media.

‘Our event site closes at 2am and 90% of our bus patrons were offsite by 3:30am, like it was in 2019.

‘Unfortunately, some of our Tweed routes experienced extended delays due to bus driver shortages.’

Attendees said they were lacking responsibility over a perceived lack of logistical planning after thousands were forced to move to offsite campgrounds. 

In a statement on Sunday, organisers said everyone was off the premises by 3:30am, with people heaping further criticism after the blunt response

In a statement on Sunday, organisers said everyone was off the premises by 3:30am, with people heaping further criticism after the blunt response

Revellers said they were forced to wait till 6am for a bus to get out of Splendour

Revellers said they were forced to wait till 6am for a bus to get out of Splendour

‘There is a limit of what number of excuses you can continue to use. Accept responsibility that you have not run the festival properly and apologise for that,’ a woman replied.

‘While the music was incredible, your festival sucks. It was so poorly organised it appears you don’t actually care. Caring means resourcing the event adequately. You have to over resource so you have contingency to fall back on,’ another commented.

‘I knew this was going to be an issue on Friday, when you had TWO buses to transport thousands of people to and from the venue,’ a man added.

Some even suggested the lack of planning was ‘dangerous’ and that she heard ‘desperate cries for medics’ after people desperately stampeded for buses. 

‘I was so frightened of being crushed in the bus crowd last night with peoples desperation escalating as the morning approached. No crowd control and no staff in sight! Thank god there were no casualties,’ she wrote.

People took to social media after some waited as long as six hours to get transport back to their accomodation. 

‘When you’ve been in the bus line for four hours and still have so far to go,’ one woman wrote on TikTok alongside a video of crowds packed in the freezing cold waiting for transport.

Frustrated attendees took to social media to reveal they waited as long as six hours this morning for a bus to pick them up

Frustrated attendees took to social media to reveal they waited as long as six hours this morning for a bus to pick them up

Day three of the festival saw sunny skies after Splendour organisers had to cancel its opening night

Day three of the festival saw sunny skies after Splendour organisers had to cancel its opening night

‘This is so grim, shame on the organisers! What do they expect not allowing people to be picked up and no parking,’ another wrote.

‘Splendour should be so ashamed of themselves.’ 

According to attendees, workers at the festival didn’t provide water or warmth for the shivering crowds. 

‘Don’t let them fool you, we had to beg for water. There was no communication from anyone as we stood there for hours. They said they would bring blankets and never did,’ a frustrated reveller wrote.

‘There’s people here without shoes, jackets, food and the amount of buses in comparison to people is ridiculous.’

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