Laneway Honours Magic Dirt's Dean Turner With New Melbourne Stage

The 2012 Laneway Festival in Melbourne will feature a new stage dedicated to local legend Dean Turner, the bass player of seminal Melbourne outfit Magic Dirt, who passed away in 2009.

The promoters of the Laneway Festival in Melbourne, Danny Rogers and Jerome Borazio, take up the story:

'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.

As bass player and co-founder of Magic Dirt, Dean was deeply devoted to and passionate about music which was always evident in his energetic and enthusiastic stage presence. He was a unique individual with a beautiful soul and is a huge inspiration to many musicians. He provided his vast knowledge and support with humility, grace and integrity throughout his role as a songwriter, musician and producer.

Dean worked tirelessly because music was one of the greatest joys in his life; he selflessly championed Australian music, was focused on encouraging young bands and hosted music workshops for secondary schools nationally. He was particularly generous with his time and advice and had a profound effect on people, always leaving a warm and inspired feeling.

The Dean Turner stage is an ongoing collaboration we will undertake with Dean's wife, Linda Bosidis, and their two girls, Charlie and Evie. We ask that everyone has Dean in their thoughts while enjoying the incredible acts that we have curated on this stage.

The Yiriman Project

Further to that, in consultation with Linda, we are proud to be supporting the Yiriman Project.

The Yiriman Project is a cultural youth diversionary project designed and governed by Elders from within a cultural block in the south-west Kimberley region. Since 2001, the project has assisted 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. 

The funds collected go directly to Yiriman and help them to deliver genuine and positive results by responding to the needs, anti-social behaviour and profound social disadvantages that their young people face.

It was Dean who suggested to us a few years back that it would be a nice touch to give people free public transport to and from the event and we took this on in 2010. In 2012 we are offering free public transport again to punters as part of their ticket. With this in mind, we ask that you please tick the charity box to add $2.60 to your ticket which will go towards the Yiriman Project.

Dean was a lover of live music, a great friend, a true inspiration and leader in the local music scene. Our goal is to remember our friend as we are celebrating what he loved most: his family, friends and incredible music.'