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Event Spotlight: Triple J's Chris Scaddan talks One Night Stand Dubbo

Wednesday 3 April 2013

Event Spotlight: Triple J's Chris Scaddan talks One Night Stand Dubbo

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard that the folk over at Triple J will be bringing the One Night Stand to Dubbo this year with some of the finest acts this country has to offer in tow.

Producer extraordinaire Flume, hover-board enthusiast Seth Sentry, Brisbane rockers Ball Park Music, Menangle locals The Rubens and Unearthed act Peoples Palace will all be dropping into the Dubbo Showground next Saturday, April 13 to entertain the masses in what is sure to be a massive night of tunes.

So with the One Night Stand drawing ever closer, we at Eventfinda thought it fitting to catch up with one of the faces behind the event, Triple J Manager, Chris Scaddan to find out what made him choose Dubbo – apart from the obvious zoo attraction, that is.

“We love Dubbo. We put the feelers out earlier this year, and the Western Plains council [of which Dubbo is part] put forward a very strong pitch for the event,” says Scaddan. “They showed that they were well organised and that the whole town would get behind the concert.

“Dubbo is also a really interesting part of Australia, with a lot going on culturally, but it was still off the circuit for regular live music events. We’ve got some very passionate Triple J listeners in town, and we were confident there would be a decent local crowd ready to soak up the big live music experience. So we’re bringing the bands, the whole Triple J radio and ABC2 crew along to throw a big party and share it with the rest of the country.”

That’s one thing that makes this year’s One Night Stand different. For the first time ever the action will be televised live on ABC2 for all of us who can’t make it to Dubbo or just can’t bear the thought of leaving the creature comforts of the city. But Scaddan believes that’s not the only factor that makes the One Night Stand experience so unique.

“The One Night Stand is more of a concert than a festival. It’s also all ages and alcohol free, so there is a different vibe to your usual festival. It’s free too – there are no tickets – so we get a very diverse crowd, from the super music fans up the front to those who check it out from a picnic rug in the distance. It’s much more of a community event.”

And as for the foul weather that cut short the last One Night Stand in Dalby, Queensland, Scaddan says the Triple J crew are taking no chances this time around.

“We’re keeping an eye on the forecasts as we do every year. I think we’re due for a dry One Night Stand, but we’ll never know until it’s upon us. We’ve got a backup plan in case it does get really wet again but it’s been pretty fine and dry in Dubbo for the last month or so. Fingers crossed!”

The Triple J One Night Stand will take over Dubbo Showground from 4:30pm on Saturday, April 13.

Live radio coverage of the event will kick off at 10am on Triple J and live television coverage of all the sets plus live backstage video will air on ABC2 from 7pm.

Check out for all the details.

- Amelia Parrott