Splendour: more than music, man

THERE is more to 2010's Splendour in the Grass Festival than just good music. We take a look at what else can be found at this year's Splendour in the Grass in Woodfordia.

Chai Lounge

There is a brand new stage being introduced at this year's Splendour in the Grass. The Chai Lounge is set within the cosy confines of the newly refurbed Chai Tent.

Late at night this stage will come to life late with world music grooves, co-created by house band Channel Free and special guests.

Punters are invited to be part of this music in motion – to sing along, tap the table, or join the jam if inspired.

Day Spa

For the first time Splendour in the Grass is offering a day spa. It is a luxury haven where Spendourites can go to escape the hustle and bustle of the festival and enjoy a pampering massage, hot spa, wash and blow-dry or a make-over with Napoleon Perdis and ghd.

There is a limited availability of treatments so make your booking by emailing the Day Spa with your name, day/time preference, and your desired treatment. Payment is required in full once booking is confirmed.

See the  Day Spa menu.


The Forum is a dedicated discussion space new to Splendour in the Grass. Topics covered include: are modern-day pirates heros or villians?; which songs do Paul Kelly and Clare Bowditch wish they’d written themselves?; and were yesterday’s punks and hippies cooler than today’s goths, emos and ravers?; and are just a few of the thought provoking questions and issues that will be explored, pondered and debated by an array of outspoken and entertaining musicians, comedians, film directors, media celebs, tech geeks, artists and audience members in Splendour’s Forum.

The Forum will feature lively debates on modern day privacy, panel discussions on topics of interest to the music-loving community, a Q&A session, interviews by comedian Wil Anderson, rockumentaries, a Splendour edition of Music Trivia hosted by Myf Warhurst and Sam Pang and a special edition of the popular new literary event Women of Letters.

The Forum's program will run from 10am to 4pm each day with three sessions a day running for 45 to 90 minutes each. More than 400 people can be accommodated in the Forum space.

See the Forum program.

Healing Element

The Healing Element returns this year to offer a wide range of healing therapies, including  massage, vibrational remedies, tarot and psychic readings, reiki, crystal and shamanic healing. 

The Healing Element is also hosting The Gyuto Monks of Tibet. Now a regular feature, the Gyuto Monks will once again provide a weekend of peace, pleasure and powerful chanting. Throughout the weekend, the monks will create an intricate sand mandala in their special Gompa Tent, as well as harmonic chanting appearances on The Temple Stage.


For those who have always wanted to go to the Spanish island of Ibiza, Splendour in the Grass 2010 brings the euro-trash to patrons in the form of IBEEFA. A brand new space beside the dam and under the trees, punters can go to IBEEFA and make like they’re on the world famous rave island.

IBEEFA will feature DJs such as Rainbow Demon, Dangerous Dan & Doom, Alison Wonderland and Falcona DJ's on a boat on the dam and afternoon Chupa Chups foam parties.

Jager Cube

For the second year running, Splendourites can follow the orange glow to the Jager Cube. The purpose built Jager Cube will be rocking for three full days with a variety of DJ's such as Sosueme, Fans DJ's and the Bedlam Group.

On the final might, Jager Cube will host Whothehell and Sweat It Out. Whothehell - hosted by and Hello Pavement -will treat punters to a menagerie of special guest DJ’s from across the country and internationally.

Mix-Up Stage

This year in the Mix-Up Stage, Strictly and Lowdown will bring fresh approach to the Mix-Up, re-contextualizing and remixing Splendour’s unique artwork themes as well as generating original video pieces specifically designed for the event.

Strictly and Lowdown's Rachael Johnston and Ken Weston have been at Splendour since the inaugural 2001 event.

This year Strictly and Lowdown are rekindling their collaboration with illustrator Tim Woodward.

Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project

The cocktail bar Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project with this year make a return to Splendour in the Grass after a year hiatus.

Patrons can grab an original Smirnoff cocktail and enjoy either an intimate candlelit Parisian cocktail bar or dance on the floor to banging South Beach Miami Club. 

This classy bar will be a key destination for those wanting to kick back with friends while listening to some cracking hot DJ’s. You will be able to lounge with your crew in an intimate, candlelit Parisian cocktail bar, or turn-up the heat on the dance floor of a banging South Beach Miami club.

Read more about the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project.

The Temple Stage

This year the Temple Stage is returning with  an array of dance and music workshops to awaken and inspire both body and soul.

From early morning yoga to Bollywood bling, the Temple Stage will have a workshop to get every punter grooving.

Tipi Forest

Tipi Forest is one of the most popular features of Splendour in the Grass.

Tipi Forest will present a rich program of dance music, sampling sounds from across the spectrum of the Australian electronic scene.

Splendourites can discover extraordinary visuals, performers, dancers, video, lighting and sculptural arts, surrounding an organic, bare earth dance floor.

Tipi Forest will feature audio-visual production from Greatworks, video art coordinated by Crystal Grid Studios, visual arts coordinated by Terra Spatial Design and killer performances by Interact Festival Art, Tuntable Falls Circus and more and a line up of DJs such as Aniki, Multiverse, Sally Allsorts and Silver Sneakerz.

Read more about Splendour's Tipi Forest.

Tent of Miracles

Artists, circus performers and sideshow freaks will converge in a contemporary performance called Fraudeville to be staged in The Tent of Miracles.

Fraudeville - a vaudeville send-up ‘containing bitter jokes about unpleasant aspects of life’ - is a major new show from these festival-based artists. 

Akmal Saleh (Good News Week, Spicks and Specks), Annie Lee (The Kransky Sisters), Tigerlil and Kellie Vella (LaLa Parlour), Andrew Forbes (Wacko & Blotto) and James Dabrowski (The Church of Two Hands and a Chicken), are among the fourteen original acts that will be performing.

Very Small Mall

Very Small Mall is a new element at this year's Splendour. The Very Small Mall is a boutique shopping destination that will showcase both niche and up and coming labels such as General Pants Co, Havaianas, Cheap Monday, Insight, ksubi, Converse, Lover, and Lilya.

Participating retailers will be creating one off pop-up shops in any form of installation achievable, designed and executed by themselves.

Other pop-ups that can be found in the Very Small Mall include Stacks of Wax NiNe Lives Gallery, The Spooning Society and Zed Surf.

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