Port Adelaide will next year host Australia’s premier indie music event, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
The hugely popular event will move to Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide’s iconic landmark on 7 February 2014.
The Festival began in Melbourne in 2004, and has expanded during the past decade to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth as well as overseas venues including Detroit, Michigan.
Minister for Housing and Urban Development Tom Koutsantonis said last year’s festival was a sell out with more than 4,000 people attending in Adelaide.
“Next year Port Adelaide will become the new home for the Laneway Festival,” he said.
“The Laneway Festival is renowned for its adventurous lineups and has been credited with revitalising precincts around the world.
“The move to Port Adelaide reinforces the government’s strategy of revitalising the Port waterfront and re-engaging the community in events such as the recent Tall Ships Festival.
“The Laneway will not only bring indie music to Hart’s Mill but also provides an opportunity to engage the local community and businesses by encompassing a diverse range of market and food stalls.
“A band competition will be held in the lead up to the festival. Several bands will play in a live final and the winner will be selected based on their live performance.
“Port Adelaide businesses will also be offered a stall at no expense, a significant opportunity to increase their trade for the day and general exposure to new business and customers.
“Support from small businesses in the precinct will be a significant contributor to the festival experience and key to creating a community atmosphere.”
Information on the Festival will be distributed to the local community. Festival organisers will also hold resident information sessions to respond to questions and generate ideas.
Minister Tom Koutsantonis
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy
Minister for Housing and Urban Development
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