For nearly twenty years the dB Magazine office has been located upstairs on the west end of Hindley Street, an ideal location to see and comment upon that which keeps the city ticking. Publishing each and every fortnight (and weekly at Festival time), we’re about to hit our 500th issue, and the more things change the more they stay the same. In 1991 we’d just had the recession we had to have and the local music industry was in the doldrums. In 2010 we’ve just had the GFC we had to have and the local music industry is, well…
Some things change, and for the better, and we’ve been part of that change, too. When dB Magazine began publishing, few things in the West End were as they are now, and though progress is slow it is wonderful to see change and growth being embraced by the locale which is all too often written off as nothing more than the ‘entertainment precinct’.
Twenty years ago there was no UniSA campus, the Fringe occupied the site of the old Fowlers buildings; there was no Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in the wonderful Grainger Studios; there was no ArtsSA in the magnificently refurbished Wests Coffee Palace; and there seemed to be little life outside of that Hindley Street strip. In 2010 the immediate surrounds to our original and incidental office (we considered moving several times) host an array of arts and entertainment and educational institutions in addition to those previously mentioned. The Jam Factory, The MRC, Fowlers Live, AIT Arts, TAFE’s Light Square campus…
dB Magazine has seen and been part of much of this renaissance, being a proud sponsor of events such as the West End Music Festival, Coopers Alive, ArtWest, the Helpmann Academy Jazz Awards and many more.
The renewal of the West End is about much more than ‘entertainment’ and at its heart are the people, those who could see the potential… artists, performers, business owners and yes, developers. Finding the right mix to make Adelaide’s West End vibrant an exciting sometimes seems as far away as ever, but it’s a lot better than it was. Perhaps it’s a case of ‘if you build it they will come’.
We’d like to thank everyone that has been involved with dB Magazine over the years. We’re about the last independent street press left in the country, and without the support of many other independently minded people (particularly our advertisers), it could never have happened. We’re proud to be a part of the community that is the West End.
Arna Eyers-White (Publishing Editor) and Alex Wheaton (Editor)