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The End Of Music Festivals In Perth?

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Is this the end of major music festivals in WA? 

The outspoken promoter of Big Day Out and Soundwave, AJ Maddah, has tweeted that ongoing battles with local government and councils in Perth could mean the end of flagship music festivals in the WA capital.  

The news came as a Megadeath fan tweeted Maddah about his plans to catch the metal band in Eastern Australia to which Maddah replied, "thanks for your support, sadly may have to get used to coming over as i reckon there will be zero festivals going to WA in 2015 :("

Maddah confirmed via Twitter that the absence was not due to lack of demand, "it is not ticket sales.... It's state and local Govs making it impossible." 

In particular, Maddah is referring to the Claremont RAS Showgrounds and Claremont Council who have a long track record of making life difficult for the major music festivals. This includes the disputes over curfews and noise regulations for Big Day Out and Soundwave and the labelling of Stereosonic punters as "the worse ever."

Mayor Jock Barker and Claremont constituents were the motivation for Big Day Out's last minute venue change to Arena Joondalup (only 30 minutes down the road) after Claremont Council noted that they were furious that Big Day Out snubbed the council in an application for their 10pm curfew. 

Big Day Out CEO Adam Zammit said the move from Claremont was prompted by the council’s anti-live music stance. However, the City of Joondalup and the VenuesWest operated Arena Joondalup welcomed Big Day Out with open arms. 

One fan asked via Twitter if Soundwave would also shift to Arena Joondalup to which Maddah stated that he "certainly hopes so." However, Future's underage Good Life 2014 festival has already locked in Joondalup for the same date at Soundwave's Perth date. 

Maddah tweeted to one fan that “we’re trying to move [Soundwave]. Not sure if we can." He told another fan via twitter that "if we can't get a move to Joondalup there is no way we're coming back to Claremont."

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