South Australian Laneway goers have been given their first look at the new Port Adelaide site that will host the festival in 2014.
Adelaide’s favourite local street press, Rip It Up Magazine were toured through the area by Adelaide Laneway Producer (and co-owner of 5/4 entertainment) Craig Lock, and were shown how the organisers plan to turn the Hart’s Mill precinct into a picturesque and uniquely ‘Laneway’ venue.
The space is right on the riverfront and will feature five stages, the two main stages will be next to each other and alternate acts, and there will also be an inside stage at the Waterside Workers Hall curated by local arts collective Format. The inside of Hart’s Mill itself won’t be used to host artists due to its derelict state, but will be lit from the outside and feature as a visual centrepiece.
On top of the aesthetic improvements, Hart’s Mill is also a physically larger space, which will hopefully eliminate the issues that have plagued the former spot at the University of South Australia’s City West campus. At last year’s event the main stage became overcrowded and was locked off, preventing access to other parts of the venue.
Port Adelaide was flagged as a space to watch by the State’s former Thinker-in-Residence, Martin Elbourne, who has close ties with Laneway Director Danny Rogers, and who delivered a recommendation in his report on the future of live music in SA to develop Port Adelaide as a live music destination.
For those worried about the difference in distance, there will be free 24 hour parking available close by as well as extra trains, and shuttle buses organised for when the event is over.
Rogers says the response to the new venue has been positive and next year’s event has already outsold all previous Adelaide shows, with between 3,300 and 3,400 tickets sold.
As any Adelaidean would know, progress is a slow process in our little city, so best of luck to the Laneway crew as they pave the way for the further development of Adelaide’s culture and arts scene.
Head to Rip It Up‘s website to read more about the Laneway site!