Australia’s premier indie music event, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, will make a fresh start in a new home at the historic site of Harts Mill, Port Adelaide on February 7th 2014.
With ample space, the festival sits on the absolute waterfront of the Port River and will draw comparisons to the spectacular Melbourne site, renowned for its industrial-meets-lush green locale.
Festival promoter Danny Rogers says, “We searched super hard to find a site that we felt could match the experience that other cities have had with Laneway. Renewal SA, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and a team of locals have worked with us to find a site that ticks all the boxes.” People of Adelaide, you spoke up and we listened.
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.”
Renewal SA Chief Executive, Fred Hansen said “contributing to the regeneration of Port Adelaide as a cultural destination by engaging with the local arts community and investing in local infrastructure is one of our key priorities”.
“Information on the Festival will be distributed amongst the local community and festival organisers will hold resident information sessions to respond to questions and generate ideas,” Mr Hansen said.