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New WA home for Summadayze festival

Monday 30 July 2012

New WA home for Summadayze festival

The Summadayze festival tour has a new home in West Australia for 2013 – the 43,500-seater Patersons Stadium and the adjoining Kitchener Park in Subiaco. It will be the first time a festival is held in the park. 

Subiaco Council unanimously approved the show, but placed conditions on its WA promoter Brad Mellen of Mellen Events. He has to supply them with a risky management plan, and also inform residents who live in a 500m radius that the show is happening on Sunday, January 6. 

Council also insisted that all costs associated with staging and managing the show – including the closure of roads, and the cleaning or repairs to council property – would have to be paid for by the festival. 

In the past Summadayze was held at Supreme Court Gardens and the Esplanade in Perth, but a building development put the Esplanade out of bounds. Summadayze 2012 was held at Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth, but Mellen was unhappy with that location. He says Patersons Stadium (formerly known as Subiaco Oval) and Kitchener Park tick the right boxes in terms of "having existing facilities and being centrally located with transport and parking." 

The Big Day Out and Soundwave festivals will be staged at Claremont Showground next year.

- Christie Eliezer, The Music Network