Lucindale is campaigning to host Triple J’s 2018 One Night Stand, and this year they’re prepared to give it their all.
Lucindale had previously had a bid in 2014, but unfortunately missed out to Mildura.
Organiser Kate Rayner said this year’s campaign has the full support of Naracoorte Lucindale Council and Lucindale Lions Club, and the proposed venue is Yakka Park, which can host up to 22,000 people.
The organisers are also undertaking a grassroots viral media campaign. The Lucindale One Night Stand 2018 Facebook Page has over 5000 likes, and regularly posts videos that showcase why Lucindale would be a great venue.
“It’s really cool,” Kate says of the groundswell of support the bid has received. “We’ve got kids broadcasting out of the school, and we’d like to really get a lot of young people involved.”
As well as Kate, local Daniel Ryan has been hard at work behind the scenes and in front of the camera to build hype for the event, along with a group of passionate community members who are keen to see One Night Stand in Lucindale.
The event itself is massive on a national scale. Triple J’s One Night Stand regularly draws several thousand concert goers, and attracts the top artists in Australia to play sets. It’s an alcohol and drug free event with a gold coin donation.
It’s broadcast on the ABC and is also viewed online by over a million people, both nationally and internationally. As well as having the opportunity to “put Lucindale on the map”, the event will also raise critical funds for the Lucindale Area School pool.
“It’s a household name,” says Kate of the One Night Stand. “It’s really important for young people in our region to have access to cultural events like this. Normally you would need to travel to the city, so giving people access to great music in a great alcohol and drug-free venue, is a wonderful, fantastic and important opportunity for our region.
“And it would be amazing for tourism. We’re up against some stiff competition, so we’ve got to get out there and make some noise.”
With a looming deadline of March 21, the campaign is steadily building momentum.
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