Popular music festival moves to new Footscray location

September 23, 2018 by  

Organisers of the popular St Jerome’s Laneway Festival have confirmed the event is to be relocated for its 2019 dates.

It follows on from months of rumours after the topic was raised at a meeting of Maribyrnong Council back in March. The festival will stay within the suburb of Footscray however, moving up the Maribyrnong River from the local Community Arts Centre to Footscray Park.

Melbourne sees numerous music events taking place over the summer months, which are commonly advertised with the assistance of poster printing services.

The change of site has been forced due to major construction works under the $6.7 million West Gate Tunnel Project. The project aims to reduce the number of trucks and other traffic using residential roads in the area.

While formal dates are yet to be announced, Maribyrnong Mayor Cuc Lam has approved the move, saying:

"We look forward to welcoming Laneway Festival to its new home at Footscray Park."

This is not the first time the festival has had to switch location. Originally envisaged as a CBD block party as an outgrowth of the popular St Jerome’s Bar, the event was a literal laneway festival until massive overcrowding in 2009 left ticket holders angry.

Event goers were also disappointed the following year when the headline act, Liverpool legends Echo and The Bunnymen, had to cancel their appearance due to frontman Ian McCulloch missing his flight to Australia.