Rhiana Roberts and Sarah Rea from Newcastle were proudly parading the must-have Splendour in the Grass Fashion accessory: gumboots.
Rhiana Roberts and Sarah Rea from Newcastle were proudly parading the must-have Splendour in the Grass Fashion accessory: gumboots. Luke Mortimer

Gumboots at the ready for Splendour in the mud

AMONGST a sea of onesies, unique headgear and muddy jeans, one fashion accessory was a must-have for this year's Splendour in the Grass: gumboots.

Festival attendees far and wide were rocking the rubber footwear, proving decisively that dancing in gumboots is indeed possible.

Rhiana Roberts and Sarah Rea from Newcastle were just one pair of festival attendees wearing gumboots.

They said it was a no-brainer and were just happy to not be trudging around the large festival space in normal shoes or thongs.

"We're absolutely loving Splendour," Ms Roberts said.

"I already lost my thong in the mud yesterday, so it's gumboots for today.

"Even though it hasn't been that wet you really need them, the mud is everywhere."

Ms Rea agreed and said the pair had thought to bring gumboots after they got their initial taste of the muddy conditions at last year's festival.

"We've only had a little rain, but I'm not surprised it's been muddy, I thought it was always like this," she said.

Amusingly, many men and woman were missing t-shirts or other clothing, but were still proudly parading around in mud caked gumboots.

While there has not been much rain at Splendour this year, the tromping toes of thousands of festival-goers had reduced North Byron Parklands to a muddy mess by Sunday.

Still, smiles were plastered on the faces of almost everyone in attendance, no doubt pleased they could keep their feet dry and clean, even if the rest of their body was getting quite the mud bath.



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