After close to ten years at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, the Melbourne leg of Laneway Festival is on the move.
Earlier this year, it was announced that an increase in the number of nearby apartments, as well as the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel project has made the previous location of the Melbourne Laneway Festival no longer suitable.
Now, organisers have revealed that festival is moving just around the corner to Footscray Park starting from 2019, just in time for Laneway’s 15th birthday.
When Laneway first appeared on the Aussie music scene back in 2005, it was housed in tiny Caledonian Lane in the Melbourne CBD. Following a series of troubles in 2009, the festival moved its Melbourne location to the inner-west suburb of Footscray, where it has remained until this year.
Now, it has a new home for the foreseeable future.
Located just a kilometre away from its previous location, Footscray Park is set to be a much more picturesque location to watch your favourite bands from, with the Maribyrnong River and Melbourne CBD serving as a gorgeous backdrop for the fest.
“We are so excited to move around the corner to Footscray Park and have been working tirelessly with the super supportive Maribyrnong City Council for the past three years to secure the new site,” explained Laneway Festival founders Danny Rogers and Jerome Borazio.
“It was important for us to stay in Footscray and we’re excited to unleash the full potential of this beautiful park.”
“We’re so proud to be able to continue building on our reputation for utilising some of the most unique and interesting sites around the country,” they continued. “Just wait til you see Footscray Park in full flight!”
Festival organisers are yet to comment on just how long term this new location will be for the festival, though it’s clear that punters will be more than keen to check out the new digs sometime next year.
While we’ve not yet heard any news on the dates and lineup for the 2019 edition of the festival, organisers have let slip that all will be revealed “soon”, so now’s the time to start getting excited.