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Festival News Wrap-Up, November 6

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Festival News Wrap-Up, November 6

Fat As Butter draws 10,000

The sixth Fat As Butter drew almost 10,000 to the Newcastle Foreshore, most of whom packed the stages when Bliss N Eso and The Rubens came on. There was a heavy police presence – 170 officers with several drug dogs – and 45 intoxicated teenagers were handed back to their parents.

Cassandra Liebeknecht GM of Adelaide’s Feast

Cassandra Liebeknecht is new GM of Adelaide queer cultural festival Feast (November 9 – 24) With extensive experience in corporate marketing and sales, she developed and ran Adelaide’s fashion events, including the 2012 and 2013 Adelaide Vintage Expo and Westfield Does Vintage.

StageCo arrives in Australia
Sydney-based staging & rigging company, Tri-Point Rigging Services are launching the StageCo brand in the Australian festival and events market. “Now we can provide our clients with anything from a 6m to a 25m clear span roof, and everything in between,” said Tri-Point’s staging manager Victoria Garside. “StageCo are, without a doubt, the best staging company in the Northern Hemisphere and we are absolutely thrilled to be bringing the brand to Australia.”

Live Nation acquires US festival Voodoo

Live Nation Entertainment acquired New Orleans-based music festival, Voodoo Music & Arts Experience. The Nov. 1 – 3 event celebrates its 15th year with a lineup featuring Kid Rock, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris and Paramore.

Blues On Broadbeach up for award
The Blues On Broadbeach festival is a finalist in the Best Regional Event category at the Australian Event Awards, announced in Sydney on November 19.

Inaugural Panama launches in Tasmania

Music and arts experience Panama will be held March 8 and 9 in the forests of North-Eastern Tasmania. It features Australian and International bands, with sideshows of bebop jazz, vinyl soul club DJs and pop-up cabarets. First artists announced are Daptones’ Charles Bradley, Husky (debuting most of their new album) and The Frowning Clouds. See the official website.

Venue change for Scorcher

The Scorcher Spring Summer National Circuit’s opening Melbourne leg (Nov 17) is moved from Noise Bar to The Espy. Starting time remains at midday with acts as EMPRA, The Controllers, In Colour and False Kingdom.

First acts for Australian Blues

The 2014 Australian Blues Music Festival (Goulburn, Feb 6 to 9), now in its 18th year, has unveiled its first round of artists. They include America’s Lynwood Slim and Brazil’s Igor Prado, as well as bands fronted by Bondi Cigars’ Shane Pacey and Screaming Jets’ guitarist Jimi Hocking.