With the 17th annual Splendour in the Grass Festival taking place from Friday, 21 July 2017 to Sunday, 23 July 2017 at North Byron Parklands, it is important to be mindful of your safety if you’re attending.
Music festivals are a wonderful thing – you get to see your favourite bands perform live, spend time with friends and enjoy the beautiful surrounds. However, recent events in the media have shown the ‘darker side’ of musical festivals.
In December 2016, the Falls Festival held in Lorne, Victoria, was heavily criticised when 19 people were admitted to hospital and more than 60 people were treated by on-site paramedics when festival goers were injured in a crowd crush. A class action has now commenced for the victims of the stampede.
Secret Sounds, the organisers of both the Falls Festival and Splendour In the Grass will no doubt attempt to ensure the festival is safe for all in attendance, but it is advisable to keep your own safety on your mind at all times.
Festival Safety Tips
Here are a few tips on how you can avoid putting yourself and/or others at risk when attending musical festivals:
- Wear appropriate footwear i.e. do not wear sandals when it is raining.
- Be sun safe and wear a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water especially during summer festivals.
- When main acts have a tight timeframe and you have to travel between stages, please ensure that you allow enough time to travel safely in order to avoid a stampede.
- Use your phone torch at night to check for any hazards on the ground in front of you, and especially when walking back to your campsite to avoid any falls.
- If you are accompanying a minor, ensure that they remain with you at all times.
- Look after each other and have fun!
If you or someone you care about has been injured during a festival or concert due to somebody else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, and to arrange a free, no-obligation assessment of your claim, please call Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 25 1800, or alternatively make an online enquiry.
Written by Jessica Keane.