[in future years], so we’ll need a lot more space,” Dark Mofo creative director Leigh Carmichael said last night.
He said the festival was unable to gain approval this year from the Hobart City Council to close off Salamanca Place to allow the three-night winter feast to expand outside the wharf shed.
“Next year, we’re going to look at bringing the feast outside the fences,” he said.
Up to 65 per cent of audience members for some acts were from interstate, Mr Carmichael said.
That was a dream come true for accommodation providers, but Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said the best outcome was the huge turnout of locals.
“The long-term game is to build these events up, not overcook them,” Mr Martin said.
“Dark Mofo shows it has the potential to really transform the way Tasmania is viewed as a winter destination.” People are already excited about what the MONA team will do next year.”
Salamanca eateries were also feeling the love.
“They don’t all want to eat at food festivals. It’s had a great effect on us and on the Salamanca area in general,” Garry Baker, from Rockwall, said.
The Festival of Voices kicks off with the ever-popular Voicebox series at the Hobart City Hall.
Headline acts include award-winning singer-songwriters Ben Lee and Clare Bowditch plus US contemporary a cappella group The Exchange.
The festival is also expanding out of Hobart city this year and up the East Coast as part of Unplugged.