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A J Maddah says Big Day Out “won’t come back to Perth. Ever.”

| 30 January 2014 | Reply

The West Australian Newspaper reports that A J Maddah, promoter of Soundwave Festival and co-promoter of The Big Day Out Festival, has followed on from yesterday’s tweeting that Sunday’s show at Arena Joondalup “is definitely the last BDO for Perth”, with the brutally short statement today via Twitter that “It won’t come back to Perth. Ever.”

Maddah refuted media claims that his statement had been contradicted by BDO CEO Adam Zammit.

Zammit then pitched in with what seems like the final nail in the BDO Perth coffin: “AJ’s decision was wholeheartedly supported by everyone at BDO. #factstraight”.

A J Maddah

With more tours coming to Perth now than at any time in our history, has the rock n’ roll dollar been stretched to breaking point? Have Big Day Out’s lineups simply become more diverse when heavy fans can enjoy a full day at Soundwave, and dancier groovers at Future Music Festival? Has the 1970’s conservatism of our State and local governments made it prohibitively expensive and difficult for a festival of this size to be held here? Or are Maddah & Zammit simply putting Perth in the ‘too hard’ basket and taking the easy way out?

We may never know. More importantly, will Soundwave and other festivals follow suit?


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