Music crowds worry police

Officers now have two major festivals to contend with at Arena Joondalup in the space of a month after the Big Day Out last week made a surprise shift north for its February 2 festivities.

The Future Music Festival follows on March 2.

More than 50,000 people are expected through the Arena gates across the two shows.

Add to this the possibility of festival juggernaut Soundwave joining the party and local police could soon be contending with almost 100,000 festival-goers between February and March each year.

Soundwave, with its roots in metal and punk rock, pulled 45,000 revellers to the Claremont Showground last year.

Joondalup acting officer-in-charge Senior-Sergeant Glenn Hamilton accepted police would ‘just have to get used to it’.

He said he did not have a preference for or against the influx of festivals.

‘It appears there will be a lot more events at the Arena because Claremont doesn’t seem to be having them anymore,’ Sgt Hamilton said.

‘Every time we have an event, there’s extra resources we have to put into it.

‘But if that’s the case, then every time we have an event we will allocate the resources necessary.’

Having watched festivals roll into town since the peak of the Rock It festival’s popularity, Sgt Hamilton said there had never been any major problems.

He said the biggest issue was traffic management.

‘It can be a bit disruptive because we have to close the streets, but other than that they’ve all run reasonably smoothly,’ Sgt Hamilton said.

Sergeant Rory Atkinson, from Cottesloe police, said officers, originally planned for Claremont Showground, would be sent to help Joondalup police.

‘The operation will, in essence, be the same no matter where the event is held as the response is based more on the numbers and the demographic of the attending crowd,’ he said.