The inaugural Soundscape Festival was held in 2008 on Hobart’s Regatta Grounds. On the banks of the Derwent River and Mt. Wellington and with the city skyline providing a breathtaking backdrop, the festival hosted an array of acts including The Living End, Grinspoon, Krafty Kuts and Spoon.
The 2009 event saw PNAU, Cut Copy, Ugly Duckling, The Getaway Plan and more grace the stages. This year saw the introduction of big staging, big lights and a big show, which would become the norm for future Soundscapes.
In 2010, The Soundcape Festival welcomed 7 time ARIA Award winners Empire of the Sun, for one of their first live performances. They were joined by UK legend Roots Manuva, The Grates, Grafton Primary and many more.
The stages in 2011 were graced by UK dance pioneers Basement Jaxx, Pharoahe Monch, Midnight Juggernauts, Born Ruffians, Mystery Jets, Blue King Brown and more. Whilst the heavens opened, the rain didn’t affect the crowd, if anything it encouraged the good times. 2011 is easily instilled in Hobart folklore as one of the most memorable and enjoyable events Hobart has ever hosted.
After the 2011 event the decision was made to overhaul the event. Citing declining attendance across the country and shift in festival culture, organisers announced that the event that was traditionally held in January would move to November.
In addition to the new date, the 5th installment of the Soundscape Festival would also see a move to a new home, Hobart’s iconic Princes Wharf 1, and would move to a two-day event with an emphasis on moving to a more boutique festival. The new look Soundscape Festival will see shorter queues, fine food and drink, reduced capacity, great music and a comfortable and enjoyable experience! The 2012 event will be an 18+ event to create a more enjoyable experience.
The Soundscape Festival will be held at the historic Prince Wharf 1. Situated on Hobart’s iconic waterfront, PW1 played a key part in creating the wonderful and prosperous city we know today.
This is the way we would encourage you to get to the event… environmentally friendly, easy and convenient. We’re only a 5 minute stroll from the CBD and the Salamanca taxi rank is just across the road from the entrance. It also means you can enjoy a few drinks without the worry of driving home.
Roadtrip! We love a good roadtrip! Whichever corner of this beautiful isle you’re coming from remember to drive safely. Every year we host contingents of festival goers from all over the Tassie. There are many accommodation options. Make a weekend of it!
If you live in or are staying in Hobart and planning on driving by car to the event, there is an undercover car park off Montpelier Retreat in Battery Point. Being a weekend and with the ever-popular Salamanca Market operating, parking is going to be a hassle. Market Place Car Park (just off Collins Street) is probably going to be the best bet. It’s 24 hours and only a couple of minutes walk to PW1.
If you can, leave the car and the worries at home. If you do have to drive, be responsible, don’t drink and drive.
Why not come and enjoy what Tasmania has to offer? The freshest produce, the finest wine, the tastiest beer that Australia has to offer and of course, The Soundscape Festival! Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas have dozens of flights everyday! There’s plenty of accommodation all within a stone’s throw of PW1. Whether you want to stay in luxury on the waterfront or bunk in a dorm, it’s all within hopping distance to PW1!