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Rock Names Light Up Rail Bridge As Part of Festival Hall Tribute

The new laneway precinct created as part of the Regional Rail Link project in West Melbourne is paying tribute to some of the major Australian names who have played Festival Hall.

Today Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder unveiled a series of light box installations to form part of the Dudley Street rail bridge, with images of “iconic and internationally celebrated Australian musicians. These are Nick Cave, Angus Young, Kylie Minogue, Daniel Johns, Michael Hutchence, and Chrissy Amphlett."
 
In recognition of Festival Hall’s long standing contribution to live music in Melbourne, Dudley Street was today renamed Wren Lane in honour of the Wren family, which has owned and operated Festival Hall for almost 100 years.
 
Minister Mulder said the installations were a wonderful tribute to Melbourne’s vibrant live music scene. “Festival Hall is an icon of Melbourne and its rich history of live music,” he said. “This is a wonderful way to honour its legacy, the family which established it and the legacy of the great Australian artists who have performed here.”
 
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle added that the precinct celebrates Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s live music capital. “The images chronicle Festival Hall’s history and pay tribute to the performers who have made it the iconic music venue that it is, while also preserving its history for future generations,” he pointed out.
 
Managing Director of Festival Hall, John Wren, hailed the installations as “a welcome attribute to this area.”

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