Dream for Shout Out Festival in Mandurah


Russell Halls at Rushton Park. Picture: Jon Hewson d453967
Russell Halls at Rushton Park. Picture: Jon Hewson d453967

THE cancellation of the Big Day Out, Soundwave and Rollercoaster music festivals has left a massive hole in the lives of music lovers that one Mandurah man hopes he can fill.

Russell Halls is organising the Mandurah Shout Out Festival and is hoping it will go ahead early in 2017.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while,” he said.

“There’s a huge market in Mandurah for this.

“No one has said I’m crazy yet; people think it’s a good idea.”

Mr Halls originally turned to crowdfunding to get the project off the ground.

“I basically scrapped the fundraiser as it’s hard to sell an event you don’t have,” he said.

“I have a few people who are happy to put some money in. That will pay for maybe three bands.”

The festival will feature an eclectic mixture of music and aims to offer a “bit of everything”. Mr Halls, a musician himself, has spoken to bands who have expressed interested in the festival.

“I’m just speaking to them at the moment,” he said.

“Council seem really keen on it but it’s got to be run right.”

Mr Halls believes the success of Groovin’ the Moo in Bunbury, is a good indicator that Shout Out will succeed. He is still looking for people who would like to invest and encouraged them to get in contact.