Wollongong: A major event city.
Wollongong is fast gaining a reputation as a major events city, capping off an active summer with Elton John announcing Wollongong as the location for his only NSW performance as part of his Once In A Lifetime tour in September.
According to Destination Wollongong Major Events Manager Jeremy Wilshire, the last quarter of 2016 was the most successful ever with 16 major events held, contributing $15.6 million to the local economy.
Wollongong saw a plethora of live music events over the summer months. Yours and Owls hit another home run, with its music festival attracting 11,000 over the October long weekend which included the likes of Hermitude, DMA’s, The Jezabels, Ladyhawke and aussie rock legends The Living End. Coinciding with the Wollongong Fringe Festival, the team at Yours and Owls curated nine days of events, including an open air cinema, slam poetry, foodie tours, augmented and virtual reality, half pipe skating, wine and brewery events, light displays, dancing robots and science talks. The festival provided a platform for the region’s artistic and innovation champions, and was a great success.
The annual MTV Beats and Eats festival drew 7,000 young fans to Stuart Park and brought another international line-up to Wollongong including global super star Steve Aoki. The event was such a success organisers are trying for the MTV Beats & Eats festival to return to Wollongong to do it all again in 2017.
February saw our last summer festival with The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd performing for fans at a massive outdoor festival near the beach.