Stern warning for Splendour in the Grass festival-goers

Festival-goers heading to Splendour in the Grass this weekend are being warned drugs won’t be tolerated at the popular music festival.

Police have revealed that a high-visibility police operation will be in place throughout the three-day festival, which officially kicks off on Friday.

Illegal drug use and supply, alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour will be the target of the operation, with the dog squad also called in to help.


Byron Police District Commander, Superintendent Dave Roptell, said officers simply want to make sure festival-goers have a safe and enjoyable experience, but stressed they will be arrested if they choose to break the law.

“Festival-goers who choose to do the wrong thing not only compromise their own safety, but also risk the safety of others around them. Those who bring illegal drugs into the festival can expect to be caught and dealt with accordingly,” Superintendent Roptell said.

“Prohibited drugs are illegal and potentially life-threatening, especially when combined with alcohol, so I urge everyone to behave responsibly.”

Locals are also being told to prepare for a considerable increase in traffic through the Byron Shire, with people due to start arriving from today.

The festival will run from Friday 19 July until Sunday 21 July.