The Laneway Festival has honoured late Magic Dirt bassist Dean Turner with a new stage.
Just before delivering the full line-up for the 2012 Laneway Festival, they have announced that a stage will be named after the beloved Magic Dirt bassist, who passed away in 2009 after a long battle with cancer.
Promoters Danny Rogers and Jerome Borazio say in a press release:
“As bass player and co-founder of Magic Dirt, Dean was deeply devoted to and passionate about music which was always evident in his energetic and enthusiastic stage presence. He was a unique individual with a beautiful soul and is a huge inspiration to many musicians.
“He provided his vast knowledge and support with humility, grace and integrity throughout his role as a songwriter, musician and producer. Dean worked tirelessly because music was one of the greatest joys in his life; he selflessly championed Australian music, was focused on encouraging young bands and hosted music workshops for secondary schools nationally. He was particularly generous with his time and advice and had a profound effect on people, always leaving a warm and inspired feeling.”
Dean was also the man behind the idea to offer free public transport to the fest, and they’re doing it again this year. But they encourage ticket buyers to tick the charity box to contribute a donation to the Yiriman Project, supported by Dean’s wife Linda Bosidis.
The full line-up will be announced next Monday, October 10.
Laneway Festival 2012
Saturday 28 January – Alexandria Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Monday 20 January – Silo Park, Auckland
Saturday 4 February – Footscray Community Arts Centre, Footscray
Sunday 5 February – Sydney College Of The Arts, Rozelle
Friday 10 February – Fowler’s Live, Adelaide
Saturday 11 February – Perth Cultural Centre, Perth
Sunday 12 February – Fort Canning, Canning Rise, Singapore