Leedy lights up

Annette Campbell-Wallace, Emerald Mamba with Diablo and Gomez, Michael Waldock (Sweetlips) and Jimmy
Annette Campbell-Wallace, Emerald Mamba with Diablo and Gomez, Michael Waldock (Sweetlips) and Jimmy "Lips" Murphy get ready for the Light Up Leederville Carnival. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d411273

But the event won’t follow in the steps of the nearby annual Beaufort Street Festival, said director Jimmy Murphy; The Light Up Leederville Carnival, now it its second year, will be a much more ‘chilled-out’ affair.

‘We saw the Beaufort Street Festival as more of a younger, hipster festival, really focused on music and drinking booze whereas the essence of our carnival is for an older demographic,’ he said.

‘It will cater for 25-to-40-year-olds with younger families who are still ‘with it’ and hip but more laidback and focused on the food and less on live music.’

Mr Murphy, founder of the Funk Club at Leederville Hotel and events co-ordinator for The Manor nightclub, said last year’s event attracted 24,000: this year he is expecting about 30,000.

‘We are having a big carnival area though with slushy and lolly trucks, a little Ferris wheel, clowns and a shooting gallery. We’ve worked hard to make this section bigger than last year so there is more fun for the kiddies and teenagers,’ he said.

‘The YMCA is doing a big skate comp with DJS and live bands will be in the Leederville Hotel. There will also be a Little Creatures bar and The Garden is extending into Newcastle Street, so people will be able to get a drink, it’s just not the focus.’

More than 200 market stalls will offer goods and Junior MasterChef judge Anna Gare will present cooking demonstrations with local food traders.

The free carnival runs from 12pm to 8pm with parts of Oxford and Newcastle streets closed to traffic.

Visit www.leedervillecarnival.com.au for details.