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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 2 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 3, 2008 9 Plan your escape now XAVIER TOBY The Panics are among the acts performing at the Great Escape Festival at Newington Armory in October. The band are always waking up in strange places at festivals' ' The Panics' frontman Jae Laffer MANY music aficionados throughout Australia will have next Wednesday highlighted on their calendars. Festivals in Australia have a tendency to sell out ridiculously quickly and that's the date tickets go on sale for The Great Escape. After a one-year hiatus the festi- val will be held on the October Labour Day Weekend in Sydney Olympic Park's Newington Armory, which features more than 100 heritage buildings as well as plenty of open space for pitch- ing tents. British rock'n'roll heroes Supergrass along with Ladytron, bringing their unique blend of electro-infused synth-pop to Aust- ralia for the first time, are the obvious standouts but quality acts are peppered through the line-up. The high quality, eclectic and compelling line-up covers music styles from alternative country, electronic to indie. The healthy Australian contingent includes local legend Paul Kelly, Australian Album of the Year winners The Mess Hall, and The Panics, whose single Don't Fight It has gained extensive national airplay. Fresh from a European holiday, The Panics' frontman Jae Laffer chatted with the Inner-West Weekly. ''We love playing festivals. It's a great way to play to people who might be there to see another band and wouldn't pay to see you on your own,'' Laffer said. ''Festivals in Australia are often held in the most amazing places as well. I've woken up after a festival on a mountain or around a camp- fire. Actually the band are always waking up in strange places at festivals, but it's usually our own fault for not booking any accom- modation.'' The band are originally from Perth but, ''we'd been playing around there for about four years and felt a bit bored, so we moved to Melbourne. There's a lot going on there in terms of music and lifestyle,'' he said. After the move the band re- corded Triple J album of the year Cruel Guards. ''It's only been the last two years where we haven't had to do silly jobs to get by and it's been great after struggling for so many years,'' Laffer said. ''It was a lot of pressure, but it's not unique. People everywhere are trying to do it.'' The Great Escape happens over the weekend of October 4 and 5. Luckily for The Panics and anyone else who's not very good at organising accommodation, camp- ing is included in the ticket price. Early-bird tickets cost $180. For more details visit www.thegreatescape.net.au NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Crime plan to target hot spots A NEW Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan was ap- proved at the Burwood Council meeting on June 24. It will now be on public exhi- bition for 28 day days at libraries and the council chambers to allow residents to comment. Once adopted by the council, the plan will be able to be submit- ted to the Crime Prevention Div- ision of the State Attorney Gen- eral's Department for endorsement. This then allows the council to apply for funding in order to implement the suggested strategies. The plan was formulated fol- lowing extensive consultation and research during the past 12 months. It outlines key crime problems for the Burwood Local Govern- ment Area and recommends proactive strategies. ''By involving council's key stakeholders we're demonstrat- ing a community approach when it comes to the public's safety and the prevention of crime,'' Burwood Mayor John Faker said. ''The council will continue to deliver education and promotional campaigns, as well as presenting community work- shops on crime and safety issues. 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