Laneway Festival Honours Dean Turner
St. Jerome's Laneway Festival organisers in Melbourne have announced that former Magic Dirt bass player and much loved local legend – Dean Turner – will have a new Melbourne stage dedicated to him following his passing in 2009.
"We are super excited to be back in Footscray for the third year in a row to celebrate our world-class event. This year we are especially honored to be naming a stage after one of our local music heroes, Dean Turner, who passed away in August 2009 after a long courageous battle with an extremely rare form of cancer," announced Danny Rogers and Jerome Borazio, promoters of Laneway in Melbourne.
Friends of Dean knew him as a beautiful soul and a gargantuan inspiration to many musicians. Dean worked tirelessly on his music, but his passion for it and the joy he received from it hardly made it feel like work. Dean always encouraged young bands and loved to host music workshops for secondary schools around the country.
Laneway have also announced their support of The Yiriman Project, a youth diversionary project designed by Elders from the south-west Kimberley region. The project aims to assist young indigenous people at risk from suicide, drug and alcohol abuse and criminal activity by joining them with Elders and re-connecting them with their land and culture.
Dean himself suggested to the festival promoter's a few years back that it would be a nice touch to enable free public transport to and from the festival and they took this on in 2010. Once again, Laneway Festival are offering free public transport again to punters in 2012 as part of their ticket, and ask that you please tick the charity box to add $2.60 to your ticket which will go towards the Yiriman Project.
Beat Magazine thank St. Jerome's Laneway Festival for honouring Dean Turner, who was such a generous, kind and inspirational leader in the local music community.