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The West Australian

Despite tough times for festivals across Australia, the annual Southbound festival in Busselton enjoyed a rare year of growth.

Promoters Sunset Events said about 12,500 people hit Sir Stewart Bovell Park yesterday for the ninth instalment of the music, camping and arts festival - a small increase on last year's crowd.

Like 2012, Southbound is a two-day and 18-plus event, with most concert-goers camping both nights.

Sunset Events managing director David Chitty said he was happy with the current format after experimenting with three-day and all-ages festivals.

He said organisers received plenty of positive feedback from last year's over-18s event, which saw numbers down on previous years but did away with the fences dividing licensed and unlicensed areas.

While industry sources predicted lower numbers for Southbound, Mr Chitty was "stoked" that the Busselton event had bucked the trend of dwindling audiences for major festivals.

The fans were mostly chilled-out at the tail-end of the silly season, with temperatures in the mid-20s making the first day of Southbound a relaxed affair.

Aussie hip-hop stalwarts Hilltop Hoods, Melbourne alternative act Oh Mercy and Northern Irish rockers Two Door Cinema Club are among the roster heaving with Triple J radio favourites playing across three stages today.

The organisers owned a farm outside Hamelin Bay, which was ideal for a camping festival, but would need to invest in significant infrastructure before moving Southbound from the Busselton venue, Mr Chitty said.

In Perth, the Chemical Brothers, M.I.A., Fedde Le Grand and Mark Ronson are among the headline acts set to perform at the Summadayze festival at Patersons Stadium tomorrow.

Perth DJ Professor Hush said playing at the stadium would be an amazing feeling.

Originally from Bayswater, he has been plying his trade in Miami for the past seven years.

"I've played millions of gigs - this is not just another gig," he said.

"This is my home town and I'm being put next to some of the best in the world. It's such a big opportunity. I'm going to throw it down."

Joining Professor Hush are the girls from dance act Nylon.

"We'll play some originals, some mash-ups - just lots of stuff that's going to get the crowd going," Nylon's Janelle Vaccaro said.