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Perth still fighting againstSoundwave and BDO

Perth’s Soundwave and Big Day Out festivals are under threat with the council that controls the Claremont Showgrounds declaring that it will oppose any application from the festivals to use the venue.

The Big Day Out has announced a return to the venue early next year despite promoter Ken West’s admission that presenting the festival in Perth and Adelaide is a huge financial risk. However, Claremont mayor Jock Barker has told the TheWest that the council intends to reject the application and that “Soundwave and Big Day Out promoters have no respect for the residents, nor for council approvals and sound levels, so naturally the council takes a dim view of them”. The council has claimed that Soundwave has repeatedly breached the 72 decibel limit and has been “regularly monitored at more than 80 decibels”.

When FL contacted the mayor in March for a comment on the situation he declined to be interviewed but sent us a statement declaring that the council is “only concerned with two or three specific concerts who flout the approved sound levels, want to use the Monday of long weekends, whose language is suitable for the gutter, and whose patrons continuously bring appalling antisocial and criminal behaviour into a residential area.”

Soundwave and Big Day Out promoter Chris Knight says that Claremont is the ideal location for the festivals and The Royal Agricultural Society, which owns the Showground, is keen to host both events next year. The Royal Agricultural Society chief executive Martin Molony claims that the battle over the venue is embarrassing for West Australia and told the TheWest that “We’ve got well-known, international acts and they should be supported from the highest levels of government… The biggest sufferers are going to be the patrons who love going to the Big Day Out.”

The council will also suffer a major economic blow in lost revenue from parking fines. In May last year Perth Now reported that “The City’s revenue from parking fines for music events jumped by more than $100,000 last financial year, including from festivals like Big Day Out, Stereosonic and Good Vibrations Figures reveal Claremont has made more than $171,000 from parking fines issued at the showgrounds so far this year.” According to the report, Claremont council raised a staggering $22,950 just by booking punters attending the 2012 Soundwave festival.

If the Claremont council does knock back the applications from Soundwave and Big Day Out, a final decision will rest with the Department of Environment and Conservation.


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Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 18th Jul, 2012

The reality is that BDO and Soundwave are probably unpopular amongst Claremont residents, particularly those who vote for Jock Barker (from the Liberal party side of politics).

By rejecting the festivals, Barker remains popular amongst his constituents and also knows that the Dept of Environment and Conservation will overrule him meaning the festivals will still go ahead and create revenue for the council. It is nothing more than playing politics.

ashryn

ashryn said on the 18th Jul, 2012

Not Perth.. Just claremont. Ffs

John Henry Eden

John Henry Eden said on the 18th Jul, 2012

Wow. People really have nothing better to do than whine about noise for a day or two?

Sir Toire

Sir Toire said on the 18th Jul, 2012

The reality is that BDO and Soundwave are probably unpopular amongst Claremont residents, particularly those who vote for Jock Barker (from the Liberal party side of politics).

By rejecting the festivals, Barker remains popular amongst his constituents and also knows that the Dept of Environment and Conservation will overrule him meaning the festivals will still go ahead and create revenue for the council. It is nothing more than playing politics.

You posted the exact same comment on Facebook, but it's still true so it still deserves a like.

cats-are-gay

cats-are-gay said on the 20th Jul, 2012

that girl in the picture is hot, oh wait, it's me?!!?!

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 20th Jul, 2012

Whilst I dislike your cat policy, I do like your hot girl policy.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 20th Jul, 2012

Now if only the girl from Perth in the Scary FL Punters thread would post...

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 20th Jul, 2012

I don't want to see the scars under her boobs. I'd prefer to live in the blissful ignorance that they might be real.

Fake Plastic Android

Fake Plastic Android said on the 20th Jul, 2012



Is this actually a question? Do you think it might be you but can't say so with 100% certainty.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 20th Jul, 2012

Your eyes are in your face. How on earth would someone be able to know for sure what they look like? Maybe if we were able to use something, such as a sheet of glass, to reflect our faces we would be able to see what we look like. Unfortunately, to my knowledge nothing like that exists.

gravexyz

gravexyz said on the 20th Jul, 2012

wait what council would say no to a easy $22,950? few complains so what. people who moved in to claremont before the royal agricultural society they are the only people who are allowed to complain. due to anyone who has moved into the area in the past 10 years should know music festivals, events and other things happen.

gravexyz

gravexyz said on the 20th Jul, 2012

oh other question i have i hope someone can answer it for me. is claremont mayor jock barker saying that the bands headliners such as "neil young" "red hot chili peppers" "silverchair" "powderfinger" and other such big name long them lines, whose language is suitable for the gutter?? really mayor jock barker?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 20th Jul, 2012

I think he's talking about the punters.

CaityKid93

CaityKid93 said on the 24th Jul, 2012

this is ridiculous.
it's humurous that having a week of the royal show, with screaming kids, loud festival music, drunken idiots, train bashings and everything that could possibly go with the prs is ok, but having two days of music festivals, which makes money and keeps the metalheads/punks/goths etc. quiet for another year is not ok.
this is possibly the most disappointing thing that could happen to perth, music wise. we get very few bands and gigs here as it is, unless their locals, and when we do get an international band, we generally have to pay out the ass for it.

get your shit together, claremont. you'll end up with a riot if you make dumbass decisions like that.

besides, do you hear people that live around other concert halls, such as burswood dome, trying to shut down concert? no? well, that's because when they moved to that area, they were fully aware that there would be concerts held every once in a while.

so angry d=<

ducatigirl67

ducatigirl67 said on the 19th Sep, 2012

one day ffs, go out! close your windows! turn up the tv and turn down your hearing aid. or come along and have some fun...but most of all, stop being the reason that international artists have no where to play! you're killing the music industry and the fans. you dont care you say? if i say "go back to your own country" how many would be left to complain?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 19th Sep, 2012



Nice segue to the xenphobic finish to your post. I didn't see that coming at all.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 19th Sep, 2012

The only thing killing the music industry is people wanting Linkin Park to play in their town.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 21st Sep, 2012



The problem is, none of that $23K goes into the pockets of councilors, or towards reelection campaigns. Whereas donations from the good people of Claremont go directly to that.

crob

crob said on the 9th Oct, 2012

Stereosonic has been approved but Soundwave is still waiting.... how depressing

grattan

grattan said on the 21st Feb, 2013

Ruh-roh!

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Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 21st Feb, 2013

If I was in local government in Perth and saw comments like that, my natural instinct would be to try and fuck over Soundwave as much as possible.

What does AJ think he's going to achieve?

ROYALwithCHEESE

ROYALwithCHEESE said on the 21st Feb, 2013



Yes, all those 'immigrants' complaining about music festivals.

While their trying to watch Al jazeera and 'who want's to be kidnapped by an oil shiek'