Perth Big Day Out aims to return to Claremont despite being “not welcome”

Despite lower than expected attendance figures in Perth this year and being told by the mayor they are “not welcome” the Big Day Out aims to return the Claremont Showground in 2013, with Royal Agricultural Society chief executive Martin Molony telling “The Big Day Out will come back here.”

Promoters shifted the festival’s site to McCallum Park this year, labelling the negotiations with the Claremont council “difficult and protracted”. The down-sizing received a mixed reaction from fans, with the FL reviewer noting that sound bleed was an issue but that, “Where once a half-day trek across a showground along with tens of thousands of people was required to access various stages, the McCallum Park venue had all major stages within a mere hop, skip and jump.”

Despite Malony’s comments the Mayor of Claremont, Jock Barker, does not want the event to return, telling the local paper that “The Big Day Out is not welcome and I don’t want to see it back in Claremont. I was happy to see the back of it. It does nothing useful for the town.” Claremont councillor Peter Browne is also vehemently opposed to the return and wants to ensure that BDO and similar concerts are banned at the showground. Browne says that he “accepts that the young and not-so-young need somewhere to go but Claremont is shouldering more than its share… the benefits of such concerts are hopelessly outweighed by the intolerable noise, the late finish, the high level of criminal activity and general social misbehaviour in and outside of the grounds.”

With a capacity of up to 40,000 a move back to Claremont would suggest that the Big Day Out’s local promoter Chris Knight expects next year’s event to bounce-back from this years dramatically lowered attendance figure of 12,000.