Splendour Moves North

Australia’s Splendour In The Grass festival is temporarily moving from hippie-chic Byron Bay to the site of the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland July 30 to Aug. 1.

It will continue to battle the local council and residents to be staged at the 660-acre property, which promoters bought as a permanent site.

Rival promoter Peter Noble of the area’s Bluesfest said council’s reluctance to turn Byron Bay into a “party town” could push other cultural events from the area.

Splendour draws 17,500 and injects $6 million into the local economy.