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Preparing for Splendour In The Grass can be a panic-inducing affair, especially for the uninitiated. Splendour’s, y’know, a festival – the whole point is to escape the mundane nine-to-five structure of your life ATM and be your most ~whimsical~ self for three-odd days. While throwing all organisation to the wind / living in the moment might seem like the best way to tackle SITG, our recommendation is to do a tiny bit of pre-planning.  

Don’t consider yourself all that ace at mapping out your existence / events? Fret not, hedonistic festival punters, for our veteran pals have done us a solid – kindly sharing the love by passing on their Splendour knowledge, so you’ll be able to survive the weekend. 

P.TV & SMIRNOFF’S GUIDE TO SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2016

So You Think You Can Splendour? A+ Festival Hacks To Help You Conquer SITG

WEATHER

As mentioned, we’re still a few days out, so the report below is subject to change. Our advice is to pack for all eventualities, because the Festival Gods – as Splendour veterans will agree – do enjoy quite literally raining on your parade. However, it’s looking like Y’ALL ARE IN LUCK. 

(MOSTLY) SUNSHINE ALL DAY, ERRYDAY.

So You Think You Can Splendour? A+ Festival Hacks To Help You Conquer SITG

Photo: Weatherzone. 

THE ESSENTIALS 

Above all else, the two most important things you’ll need for SITG are YOUR ID + YOUR TICKET. Without these, you’re fucked. 

If you’re 18+, they’ll only accept the following forms of Identification:

  • CURRENT VALID AUSTRALIAN DRIVER’S LICENSE (WITH PHOTO)
  • CURRENT PASSPORT
  • GOVERNMENT ISSUED PROOF OF AGE CARD
  • VICTORIAN KEYPASS
  • INTERNATIONAL DRIVER’S LICENSE (MUST CONTAIN A PHOTOGRAPH)  

If you’re under 18 (you go, Glen Coco), head over HERE to see what ID you can use.

You’ll also need a ton of the Festival Swiss Army Knife AKA the humble garbage bag. 

So You Think You Can Splendour? A+ Festival Hacks To Help You Conquer SITG

Photo: Multix.

If need be, you can use ’em as a raincoat, makeshift gumboots or whatever else that brilliant brain of yours can think of. 

Although a garbage bag or 20 will have you covered, it’s probably best to have a solid pair of gumboots / a waterproof poncho on your person.

Other essentials include:

  • Cash
  • Tissues 
  • Moist face wipes 
  • Surplus socks
  • Plenty of undies (accidents happen)
  • Lip balm 
  • Moisturiser to remain moist / sexy
  • Dry shampoo 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Cheap sunnies (‘cause lets face it, you’ll lose your expeno ones)
  • Thongs (to avoid public shower goodies) 
  • 3 x rolls of toilet paper
  • Portable phone charger

TIMETABLE

Unless you’ve been #Blessed with photographic memory, you’ll be needing access to a timetable to see when / where your favourite acts are playing. The aforementioned portable phone charger will be your best mate in terms of giving you access to this bad boy:

So You Think You Can Splendour? A+ Festival Hacks To Help You Conquer SITG 

The Splendour In The Grass app will give you access to set times right on your phone. Traditionally we would’ve said keep your mobiles at home, but let’s face it, if you go to SITG and don’t take a couple of ‘Grams, did it even happen? This years version includes a nifty day planner that’ll let you roughly map out your day/s, if scheduling isn’t your forte. 

You can download the app HERE.

Worst case scenario, take a screenshot of SITG’s set times right here:

So You Think You Can Splendour? A+ Festival Hacks To Help You Conquer SITG

So You Think You Can Splendour? A+ Festival Hacks To Help You Conquer SITG

So You Think You Can Splendour? A+ Festival Hacks To Help You Conquer SITG

So You Think You Can Splendour? A+ Festival Hacks To Help You Conquer SITG

TRAFFIC 

The Queensland Transport Info Line (131 940) will have updated traffic reports dedicated to the festival area for those of you who’re driving, and will carry similar information on their web site (which you can suss HERE). 

So You Think You Can Splendour? A+ Festival Hacks To Help You Conquer SITG

If you want your traffic info served with a side of bangers, then tune into triple j radio (89.5 FM) to hear listener’s road trip reports.

Now that you’ve got the basics down, head on over to SITG’s website HERE to further educate yo’self. 

HAVE FUN, Y’ALL

Photo: James Ambrose / James Ambrose Photography.