My last Foreshore was in 2010. Work took me overseas for 2011, but when I returned in 2012 Foreshore had been moved from the lake to Stage 88. After that it never returned.
Foreshore should have been a sure thing for Canberra. With established and celebrated local talents like Peking Duk and Safia, a population of 350,000 and multiple universities, why are there no Foreshore-like events targeting younger Canberrans? Why do we have to haul ourselves up the highway for the annual Tour de Doof Doof every summer?
I know some of you will mention Groovin the Moo, and there are no issues there. But the great thing about Foreshore was that it was it was a summer festival unique to Canberra and we bloody loved it. It attracted people from the surrounding regions and stimulated plenty of post-winter spend in the capital.
I investigated a few possible reasons why Foreshore said farewell and discovered that in 2013, its directors said the event was on hiatus until the perfect line up and other factors could be delivered. While this wasn’t possible in 2014, you never know what’s around the corner in 2015.
Rather than taking a build it and they will come approach, music lovers – either through lobbying or other means – should do their part to make sure Foreshore returns again soon.