There is now doubt about whether the Big Day Out and other big music festivals will return to Perth due to the Claremont council not wanting them to be hosted at the Claremont Showgrounds. Excessive noise is one of the main reasons, with several complaints being made in recent years.

I can certainly understand people in that suburb and neighbouring ones railing at the noise that such events produce. Back in 2007 I happened to be in Shenton Park at the time the Big Day Out was being held. That suburb is quite a way from the Claremont Showgrounds, and on the other side of the railway, yet I could easily hear the ruckus coming from the concert.

It was disturbing enough for the couple of hours I was in the area. So it must have been really annoying after a whole day. And it must have been far worse for people living even closer.