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HIGHWAY TO OBSCURITY

Perth Festival Highway To Hell photo by Cam Campbell
Perth Festival Highway To Hell photo by Cam Campbell

This week’s announcement that Perth Festival will be ending next year’s events by closing down 10 kilometres of Canning Highway to recognise the 40th anniversary of Bon Scott’s death was an interesting one for a couple of reasons.

Let’s just keep our musical gems hidden away in small venues where no one can find them and leave them to play their music in perpetual obscurity.

First, it’s good to see the State government recognising the value of WA music as a tourist attraction for locals as well as overseas visitors.  Imagine what we could achieve if we actually had a strategic plan to turn Perth into an international music destination the likes of, say, Austin TX?

Maybe it’s time to start working on such a plan?  Especially now that we have a State government that’s inclined to spend a few dollars in the lead up to the next election, instead of crying poor all the time.  With the right strategy, we could transform WA music from a $1 billion a year to a $2 billion a year industry, with the second $1 billion staying at home. 

Second, the difference in the response to this event from within the industry and the general public has been intriguing to say the least.  There’s been massive interest from the music-going public and it’s safe to say that the event should be really well attended.  And why not, it’s going to be an epic day!

Mutterings on social media from industry insiders have been a bit different, though.  Things along the lines of: who’d want to go to see a whole lot of bands doing AC/DC covers; Canning Hwy wasn’t the real highway to hell; Bon would be spinning in his grave; how come local bands aren’t getting a look in?

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Blah, blah, blah!

God forbid that we get behind anything that might appeal to the general public.  Let’s just keep our musical gems hidden away in small venues where no one can find them and leave them to play their music in perpetual obscurity.

Some people in this city wouldn’t know the definition of success!  If they were gifted a million dollars they’d probably just set it on fire and not bother to tell their publicist.

Rant over.  Send your personal attacks to the usual address.

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