Famed Hyden festival sells out in hours

Emma TaylorThe West Australian
Wave Rock illuminated for the Weekender festival
Camera IconWave Rock illuminated for the Weekender festival Credit: Ben Nichols/Ben Nichols, Ben Nichols Inset, San Cisco

The Wave Rock Weekender festival in Hyden has sold out within hours of release.

At $317 a ticket, the popular boutique festival combines the incredible location of Wave Rock with world-class acts, food, films and camping all over three days.

The festival will feature the likes of San Cisco, Spacey Jane and Stella Donnelly, playing under the stars and drawing a crowd from all over the State.

It will be the 15th time the event has been held in Hyden, and will run from Friday September, 25 to Monday, 28th.

Fremantle-based band San Cisco.
Camera IconFremantle-based band San Cisco. Credit: Pooneh Ghana

Hyden Community Resource Centre manager Sharon Badshaw said it was a boon for the town.

“When a huge weekender is run in a small town like Hyden with a population of about 300 people, it’s just so good to see,” she said.

“It boosts the town’s economy and especially with COVID-19, that’s always a good thing.”

Despite extended Phase 4 restrictions, the Weekender is set to go ahead, with events company Supersonic Enterprises saying they were making extra room to ensure the event could run safely.

Ms Badshaw said the event was a hit with visitors and locals alike.

“We’re 31/2 hours away from Perth and there’s not always a lot going on,” she said.

“So when there's something like that happening its pretty cool.

“This year’s line-up looks great, they’ve got some big acts. It’s always such a cool atmosphere.”

Wave Rock illuminated for the Weekender festival
Camera IconWave Rock illuminated for the Weekender festival Credit: Ben Nichols/Ben Nichols, Ben Nichols Inset, San Cisco

The festival was a drawcard to get visitors into town where they could discover what else the area had to offer.

“We have a lot of other natural attractions out here that work in well with the festival such as Lake Magic, the salt pond, the wildflowers and the caves,” she said.

“People come to town for the festival and find themselves discovering all this other great stuff.

“With the State border closed we’re seeing a huge amount of tourists stopping through Hyden, so this will be a great addition and boost the town even more.”

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