People who live in WA constantly ask the question “Why?” when bands don’t come to play in Perth.
AJ Maddah owner of Soundwave and part owner of Big Day Out is one of the most powerful people in live music in Australia and has today confirmed that Big Day Out will not be returning to WA in 2015. If he won’t bring artists here, who will?
In November last year I had a brief twitter conversation with AJ about why there weren’t any sideshows scheduled for Perth.
So not only do we buy our tickets too late in the game but then the government makes it hard for promoters to bring big shows here.
There is not one Big Day Out or Soundwave sideshow being held in WA this year.
Less than three weeks out from Big Day Out AJ and his fellow Big Day Out promoters had to move venues from Claremont Showgrounds to Arena Joondalup. The set times and venue maps have been released only four days before the event. Why would the government, state or local, try so hard to make it difficult for an event like this to go ahead when so many people want it to happen and support what it stands for?
Having grown up attending live music events of many kinds I know first hand how important live music, of every variety, can be to a town and its community.
Perth has such an amazing arts and culture scene and the music scene here is amazing, but obviously the restrictions being put on promoters are making it too hard. I don’t understand what the government will get out of stopping these kind of events. Not only does it mean that people will travel out of WA and spend money in other states to attend these events it means that the government don’t earn any direct income from them from taxes, licencing or anything else.
This is a sad day for the WA music scene.