“If the venue is not approved, then two of Australia’s most iconic and internationally renowned festivals will be without a home.”

The future of Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass lays in the hands of the public. Friday (Feb 16) marks the final date to send submissions to the Department of Planning and Environment requesting for North Byron Parklands to become a permanent venue for smaller arts, music and community events and also the forever home of Splendour and Falls.

It seems like an easy win, but Parklands is also seeking approval for the development of a $42 million conference centre with capacity for up to 180 attendees and accommodation for up to 120 guests a day.

While all environmental issues have been addressed, and even though the venue would only operate for 20 days of the year, the permanent home of Falls and Splendour is still endangered.

Speaking to TIO, Mat Morris, GM of North Byron Parklands, says that while the positive support so far has “been overwhelming”, if the proposal isn’t approved, the blow to the music industry would negatively impact the creative industries, thousands of people along the industry supply chain, and the tens of thousands of punters. 

Read our full Q&A with Mat Morris below: