Splendour in the Grass sells out
So Splendour in the Grass tickets went on sale this morning, and sold-out shortly after. With a solid line-up this year and a capacity of approximately 27,000, this came as no surprise; except for those people complaining on Facebook. I do take a bit of enjoyment reading through these comments. It seems those unfortunate posters are willing to blame everything but themselves. It is commendable the way that the Splendour in the Grass, and the official ticketing outlet Moshtix are responding to a number of these outraged individuals.
Much attention has now been turned to ticket scalping on various online auction sites. Unlike many publications, I am quite partial to the concept of scalping; having addressed the issue in the follow-up to Radiohead ticket sales last year. With demand for Splendour tickets fair exceeding the Supply, scalping tickets leads to a secondary market for those most keen to attend. Nevertheless, this backlash has left festival organisers in a difficult position regarding ticket transferring. By restricting transference of tickets, Splendour will help to restrict scalpers, but risks alienating those more legitimate transfers.
Anyone complaining to Splendour or Moshtix in regards to scalping needs to take a look at themselves. It is a far more difficult concept than many consider. I attended Splendour back in 2011, and found it very well organised. In the two years since, the festival has relocated back to its original grounds and continues to claim it’s place as Australia’s largest festival. So let’s all cut them a bit of slack.