No zombies for South Bank
The move to Victoria Park is another major change for the Zombie Walk.
Mr Radaza says the Queensland Police Service advised an alternative route was needed after record event numbers at the 2011 Zombie Walk caused severe traffic congestion in the CBD.
“We expected 5,000 and ended up having 20,000 people.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t expect that and the police didn’t expect it either and the flow of traffic didn’t go so well,” he said.
However, plans to hold the Walk and festival at South Bank fell through after logistical issues arose.
A South Bank Corporation spokesperson said, in a statement, that the event exceeded the Cultural Forecourt capacity, their largest space available for venue hire.
But Mr Radaza says while the Walk itself was rejected, using South Bank as the festival venue was a “completely different issue” and he feels like South Bank was pushing them out after originally giving the event the “green light”.
“The thing that really got me riled up was that we paid for our deposit earlier in the year.
“They only got back to us a couple of months after and they’d decided ‘well, hang on, Zombie Walk… maybe it’s not the kind of charity we’re willing to take on’.
“They should have read the proposal before they asked for our money,” he said.
Mr Radaza says South Bank had issues with the zombie theme and did not want the festival’s main act because of “lyrical content” and musical style.
“I was getting a lot of negative vibes… things like ‘oh, there’s going to be a lot of blood there, and there’s going to be this and that’,” he said.
“They decided ‘we can’t have your main act’ because they considered it ‘doof doof’ music.
“But it’s a family event… they’re a very commercial group, young kids love them, so they’re not that bad… and that was sort of the straw that broke the camel’s back for me.”
He says South Bank also disagreed with plans for a stage playing dubstep (harder edge music).
“They felt that kind of music would bring out the ‘bad’ sort of crowd in society,” he said.
The South Bank spokesperson said while problems with the main act were based on noise-level concerns, if the event had been feasible a risk-assessment process would have been undertaken to address issues surrounding the music.
Mr Radaza says the South Bank problems were a major set-back because they developed after event advertising and tickets had been prepared.
“As soon as the deposit was paid, I actually went out there and promoted that it was going to be at South Bank… I paid money for the tickets and advertising.
“When they told us all those conditions, we had to find an alternative place, an alternate route… another park to hold it… so all that time spent promoting and organising it got cut short,” he said.
“I would prefer if they’d been upfront from the start about it and said ‘we’re not happy to have you in our area… we don’t know much about Zombie Walk, but it’s not what we’re looking for’.”