Byron and Tweed shires have been ruled out as future homes for the Gold Coast’s Big Day Out music festival, which has to move from its current venue to make way for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The popular one-day festival has been running since 1994 at Parklands showground on the northern Gold Coast, which has a capacity for around 40,000 people.
But as Parklands will be transformed into an athletes’ village for the 2018 Games, the festival, which has hosted big international acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, has to find another venue for 2014.
Festival organisers have been looking for other venues, including in northern NSW, but purpose-built festival sites such as the Bluesfest’s one at Tyagarah and the North Byron Parklands site at Yelgun (home to Splendour in the Grass), are unable to accommodate such a large one-day crowd.
The search follows a breakdown in talks between the Queensland government and Big Day Out organisers to find a new home for the festival.
Festival promoter Adam Zammit told News Ltd he was exploring several other options in both NSW and Queensland for the 2014 event but was determined to keep the show on the Gold Coast.
Byron Shire Council acting general manager Phil Holloway said both of the shire’s big festival sites were not suited for Big Day Out’s large crowds.
Mr Warner says that under current approvals, the Tyagarah and Yelgun sites could not host an event of the size of Big Day Out and any move for it would need approval by Council with community consultation.
It is believed no approaches from Big Day Out promoters have been made to either Byron and Tweed shires, or organisers of the Byron-based festivals.