MELBOURNE, Australia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Australian festival Big Day Out is looking for a home in 2007 for its Melbourne stop. The festival has been a popular destination for New Zealand and Australian music fans since its inception in 1992 when it debuted as a Sydney-only festival. It has since grown considerably, with 6 stops during 2006's festival season but if a venue can't be located in Melbourne, festival organizers will be forced to put Melbourne on hiatus for a year.
The Melbourne city council approved the use of Princes Park, a collection of football fields in the inner Melbourne suburb of Carlton for the 2006 event but it had been a one time permit. City management has recommended that the park be allowed to be utilized again for the 2007 event with strict requirements, including provisions to repair any damage to the park and that they secure an alternate venue for the 2008 festival and pay for all site use. The festival plans to move to the Flemington Racecourse in 2008 but that facility is unavailable in for 2007.
If a venue can not be found within the week, organizers have stated that they will be forced to cancel the Melbourne stop. City Councilors will consider the matter on Tuesday night. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers.