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Jono Castano, Simone Holtznagel and Konrad Bień-Stephen live it up at Splendour In The Grass

The first day of Splendour in the Grass was cancelled due to extreme weather hitting Byron Bay, with punters left wading through ankle-deep mud.

The same couldn’t be said of celebrities at the event, with A-listers relaxing in glamorous branded tents and sipping free drinks while others struggled to stay dry.

The glamorous tents were open to everybody, but it seems that many of the revellers were unaware of this. 

The first day of Splendour in the Grass was cancelled due to extreme weather hitting Byron Bay. But celebrities like model Simone Holtznagel (pictured) took shelter in glam branded tents

Model Simone Holtznagel posed alongside her celebrity trainer boyfriend Jono Castano and Bachelorette star Konrad Bień-Stephen as they indulged at the Smirnoff Vodka Seltzer Springs tent on Friday.

Posting to her social media, the 29-year-old beamed as she sipped complementary beverages from the brand. 

Cuddling up to Jono and smiling for a selfie with Konrad, Simone appeared oblivious to the terrible conditions outside. 

In the posts, she documented the glamorous surroundings with the rainy weather kept at bay thanks to the cosy indoor venue. 

Simone posed alongside her celebrity trainer boyfriend Jono Castano (centre) and Bachelorette star Konrad Bień-Stephen (right) as they indulged at the Smirnoff Vodka Seltzer Springs tent on Friday

Simone posed alongside her celebrity trainer boyfriend Jono Castano (centre) and Bachelorette star Konrad Bień-Stephen (right) as they indulged at the Smirnoff Vodka Seltzer Springs tent on Friday 

‘We made it!’ Simone boasted, and also indicated she was attending the festival in the capacity of an influencer, tagging her posts as ads. 

The first day of Splendour in the Grass was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions after torrential rain turned the music festival into a mud pit.

Event organisers closed down all four of the main stages at North Byron Parklands, in northern NSW, on Friday.

'We made it!' Simone boasted, and also indicated she was attending the festival in the capacity of an influencer, tagging her posts as ads

‘We made it!’ Simone boasted, and also indicated she was attending the festival in the capacity of an influencer, tagging her posts as ads

In the posts, she documented the glamourous surroundings, the rainy weather kept at bay thanks to the indoor venue

In the posts, she documented the glamourous surroundings, the rainy weather kept at bay thanks to the indoor venue

A-list artists Gorillaz, DMA’s, Yungblud and the Avalanches were set to perform but their acts have since been cancelled. 

Destination sites such as the Global Village, Tipi Forest, Forum, Comedy and Science tents will remain open with the music festival still scheduled to go ahead on Saturday and Sunday.

‘A significant weather system is currently sitting off the east coast and may reach land later today bringing more rainfall,’ Splendour in the Grass organisers said.

Punters trawl through ankle-deep mud at the festival

Punters trawl through ankle-deep mud at the festival

‘In the interest of patron safety and in consultation with all relevant emergency services, we have decided to err on the side of caution and cancel performances on the main stages today only.’ 

Organisers have urged day travellers to avoid making their way to the festival and told people already at the grounds to make the most of the venues that are open.

‘Please relax and enjoy what is open,’ organisers said. ‘Day patrons are asked not to attend the festival today while we work on repairs.’

The first day of Splendour in the Grass was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions after torrential rain turned the music festival into a mud pit

The first day of Splendour in the Grass was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions after torrential rain turned the music festival into a mud pit

‘In the coming week Moshtix will be in contact with the ticket holders affected directly, via the email address used to purchase their ticket, for further information on refunds.

‘We ask for patience while we work through the refund process. Please be assured that our event team is working very hard to provide the best experience possible under the current circumstances.’

The famous music event has spiralled into chaos with revellers being turned away in their cars at the front gates, tents collapsing from the heavy rain and festivalgoers demanding refunds for their $400 tickets. 

Event organisers closed down all four of the main stages at North Byron Parklands, in northern NSW, on Friday

Event organisers closed down all four of the main stages at North Byron Parklands, in northern NSW, on Friday

Revellers who had been waiting hours for the free shuttle to take them from Tweed Heads to the music festival were informed at the bus stop the first day of the festival was likely to be cancelled – moments before organisers officially called it off.

‘The information that has just come through to me, it is likely due to the unforeseen circumstances down at site, that all performances will be cancelled today,’ a worker says in a video.

Festivalgoers complained they wanted to leave the music festival because of the horrible conditions with one uploading a video to TikTok showing cars bogged in the mud accompanied by the soundtrack, ‘I wanna go home’. 

Organisers have urged day travellers to avoid making their way to the festival and told people already at the grounds to make the most of the venues that are open

Organisers have urged day travellers to avoid making their way to the festival and told people already at the grounds to make the most of the venues that are open

‘Splendour in the swamp 2022,’ the caption read.

‘Splendour in the mud’, ‘splendour in the swamp’, and ‘splendour in the sludge’ are some of the names being thrown around to describe the mayhem. 

One reveller claimed on TikTok that staff were confused, having no idea what was happening or where to send festivalgoers to set up camp.

‘I don’t know what the f*** is going on,’ she said in the video.

The famous music event has spiralled into chaos with revellers being turned away in their cars at the front gates, tents collapsing from the heavy rain and festivalgoers demanding refunds for their $400 tickets

The famous music event has spiralled into chaos with revellers being turned away in their cars at the front gates, tents collapsing from the heavy rain and festivalgoers demanding refunds for their $400 tickets

‘We were in the car for six-and-a-half hours and they [staff] finally made a makeshift campground in the day parking area.’

Another video showed party-goers trudging through ankle-high water in gumboots as they tried to get from one side of the festival to the other. 

Event organisers have provided regular updates on the Splendour in the Grass Facebook page.

‘Due to ongoing weather conditions we can no longer accept any campers or vehicles including day parking at North Byron Parklands (NBP),’ one post read.

Festivalgoers complained they wanted to leave the music festival because of the horrible conditions

 Festivalgoers complained they wanted to leave the music festival because of the horrible conditions

‘We thank you for your patience here and big shout out to our staff who are working around Mother Nature to get you in here safely.’

Some social media users have been unsympathetic to the revellers, slamming their decision to travel to the festival despite forecasts for heavy rain.

‘1st world problems, oooo the camping ground we knew was soaked and flooded is soaked and flooded. Get a room or go home,’ one unsympathetic person wrote.

Another added: ‘How can they be furious… did they not check the weather? It was hardly surprising.’ 

'Splendour in the mud', 'splendour in the swamp', and 'splendour in the sludge' are some of the names being thrown around to describe the mayhem

‘Splendour in the mud’, ‘splendour in the swamp’, and ‘splendour in the sludge’ are some of the names being thrown around to describe the mayhem

The problems started for many before they even arrived at the festival. 

Revellers complained of waiting in cars for 15 hours at the entrance before being turned away and told to set up camp at Byron Events Farm – 15kms away.

They have been informed free shuttles will be transporting them to the festival, but have had to wait hours for a seat. 

Many were forced to spend the night sleeping in their cars after access to the campsites was made impossible due to the mud. 

Party-goers trudging were through muddy water in gumboots as they tried to get from one side of the festival to the other

Party-goers trudging were through muddy water in gumboots as they tried to get from one side of the festival to the other

While many have put on brave faces and are still trying to enjoy the festival, others have questioned why it was able to go ahead in the first place. 

Volunteers, who offer to work for a free ticket, worked through Thursday night only to be rostered on to start their next shift within a matter of hours.

One festival-goer Steph told Daily Mail Australia she and her friends had driven down from the Gold Coast on Thursday only to sit in the queue heading into Splendour for nine hours.

After waiting for three-and-a-half hours her car made it to the front gate but there was still no sign of getting in.

Revellers complained of waiting in cars for 15 hours at the entrance before being turned away and told to set up camp at Byron Events Farm - 15kms away

Revellers complained of waiting in cars for 15 hours at the entrance before being turned away and told to set up camp at Byron Events Farm – 15kms away

‘We asked another staff member what we should do and she said ”I don’t know” and that she was meant to finish hours ago but no one has told her anything,’ Steph said.

‘She was so cold and wet, she was clutching a hot water bottle and the volunteers and staff haven’t been offered any food. We offered one of the volunteers Pringles and honestly he was so happy.’

The group arrived in the queue at 3.30pm but by 1.30am they still had no updates from organisers about whether they’d make it inside to set up their tents.

They eventually decided to drive back to the Gold Coast.

Many were forced to spend the night sleeping in their cars after access to the campsites was made impossible due to the mud

Many were forced to spend the night sleeping in their cars after access to the campsites was made impossible due to the mud

‘People are only hearing how bad it is through the Splendour in the Grass 2022 page set up by people attending the festival,’ Steph said.

‘No official communications other than (the event’s) last story on Instagram and Facebook saying there’s delays and that the show will go on ”rain, hail or shine”.

Wandering up to the front of the queue, which was only 1.5km away, Steph said many had already chosen to spend the night sleeping in their cars.

She said she met another group who told her the campgrounds were flooded and nobody else could get inside.

While many have put on brave faces and are still trying to enjoy the festival, others have questioned why it was able to go ahead in the first place

While many have put on brave faces and are still trying to enjoy the festival, others have questioned why it was able to go ahead in the first place

‘The cops also said they have NO idea what’s going on and cannot help,’ she added.

A marquee was set up in the campgrounds for those who’d had their gear soaked. 

‘I went over and this one girl was so drenched, she was shivering and clutching her things. Turns out her campsite got completely flooded and so the volunteers put her in this marquee with other flood affected people so it was like a little flood evacuation centre,’ Steph told Daily Mail Australia.

‘She said they just told her to wait until 9am, keeping in mind it was nearly 2am, because that’s the first shuttle that will take her back to her car.

A pair of girls are refusing to let the bad weather get them down at the music festival

A pair of girls are refusing to let the bad weather get them down at the music festival

‘Another girl had no shoes on because all her stuff got flooded and she was told she can’t get back to her car because it’s bogged. So she’s just so wet, lying in a soaked tent.’

Even the volunteers were looking to abandon the festival. 

‘I asked this volunteer how we get out and she said ”you’re making the right decision, I wish I could come with you but we have all decided to stay and help where we can”,’ Steph said.

The Bunnings Warehouse in Ballina has also reportedly sold out of gum boots, while other revellers have reported hardware stores as far as the Gold Coast have no stock. 

Music-goers wearing raincoats pose in front of a flooded 'Splendour in the Grass' sign set up at the grounds

Music-goers wearing raincoats pose in front of a flooded ‘Splendour in the Grass’ sign set up at the grounds

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