August 23, 2023
Complaints about the cost of tickets for the South Burnett Regional Council’s “Day At The Dam” music festival have resulted in reduced admission prices for some teenagers.
The festival will be held at Bjelke-Petersen Dam on Saturday, October 28, and will be headlined by country music stars The Wolfe Brothers, Casey Barnes, Taylor Moss and Will Day.
Local bands RYZA, Sparrow, Soul Good and Rockin’ Our Abilities will also be performing, and food stalls, community stalls and a licensed bar will be operating in the grounds.
At the SBRC’s August General Meeting on Wednesday, several Councillors said they had received complaints from residents the $80 ticket price made the event unaffordable for families.
Staff confirmed the $100,000 concert was being funded by a grant from the Federal Government’s Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and said 200 tickets had already been sold since bookings opened last week.
Acting Mayor Gavin Jones said he had received many calls from families with children who objected to the ticket price.
He said a family of four – two adults and two children – would have to stump up $320 for the one-day event which could deter many families.
Other councillors said they had received similar feedback, and suggested reduced pricing for children.
However, staff noted the festival was designed to be an 18+ event.
There were no children’s activities planned, the venue was licensed and the 10:00pm closing time would make it “a long day” for children.
Nothing on the Council’s marketing materials suggested it was for families, and many other music festivals were not child-friendly.
After discussions, Councillors said they would like to introduce reduced prices for children to help families that wanted to come.
Councillors resolved to allow under 16s to attend for free; young people aged from 16 to 18 would pay $40, and the $80 ticket price would apply to anyone over 18.
The motion to introduce the new price structure was carried unanimously.
The online booking page would be updated soon to reflect the new prices.
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