Green light for North West Festival in 2018

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

North West Festival will return in 2018 with a focus on local talent and resources to run the event, the Town of Port Hedland has announced this afternoon.

The popular music festival will be managed by the Town this year rather than Sunset Events, and will have a stronger promotion of local talent.

A revised event management structure and “increased cost efficiencies” will also form a part of the event planning for 2018.

Mayor Camilo Blanco said the festival provided a unique opportunity for young local musicians to gain access to world-class entertainment experiences.

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“The annual review process of the North West Festival provides an opportunity for council to evaluate the event against its strategic goals and budget,” he said.

“We are not changing the nature of the event, but simply adopting a more cost-effective internal structure.”

According to Mr Blanco the council’s aim was to leverage the Town’s in-house skills capacity, promote local talent and build on the success of previous years.

The North West Festival began in Port Hedland in 2012 and has had acts including The Veronicas, Xavier Rudd, Sarah Blasko and Angus and Julia Stone, among others.

In 2017, the festival took on a smaller setting, moving from the Port Hedland Turf Club to the Civic Centre Gardens.

Dates and artist announcements for the 2018 event will be released in the coming months.

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