The Strokes? Crossed off! The Cure? Heal thyself. Flume? Take a ride. It turns out the reason to head to Splendour in the Grass this year isn't the music. It's the food. Sure, one would typically think of festival food as a perfunctory vegan hotdog swallowed between beers and bands, but the North Byron festival have just announced they're creating the 'Very Small Suburb'. The good thing about suburbs is they need to attract regulars, because people live in them forever, not just three days. Which means they need to meet certain standards of deliciousness. And boy, do the businesses populating Splendour's meet those standards. The lineup of this tiny suburb goes a little something like this:
There'll also be a designer vintage clothing store, plus retail stalls from Byron locals Mr Simple and the strangely capitalised fallenBROKENstreet. Oh, and hair and makeup services for those mid-concert Insty snaps.
Splendour vets will recognise the Very Small Suburb as a continuation of previous Splendours' Very Small Malls. That precinct took a break in 2015, and it turns out, it was because it was busy transforming itself into an entire neighbourhood.
For more Splendour sweetness, check out Time Out's guide to Splendour in the Grass.