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Perth Music Promoter Andrew Scally Passes Away In Alleged Altercation

28 September 2023 | 3:05 pm | Staff Writer

From 2000 until 2020, Scally ran the Perth nightlife company Limelite Events. He was also involved with Stereosonic Festival.

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51-year-old Perth-based electronic music promoter Andrew AndyScally passed away on Monday (25 September) after an alleged violent incident occurred at a property in Pitt Street, Kensington, WA, The West Australian reports.

Members of the West Australian Police Force reportedly went to the Pitt Street property in response to concerns for the welfare of a woman. When the police went inside, they found Scally unresponsive on the ground. After attempting to administer emergency first aid, Scally couldn’t be revived and died on the scene. The woman was found unharmed.

On Wednesday (27 September), 39-year-old Jardyn Rigo was charged with the alleged intent to harm, “unlawfully did an act as a result of which the life, health or safety of a person was or was likely to be endangered”. He appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday.

Rigo was also charged on Tuesday after an incident at the Royal Perth Hospital. Rigo was under police guard when he allegedly attempted to escape from lawful custody, assaulted police officers, and obstructed police officers.

According to the West Australian Police, Scally, Rigo and the woman were thought to be known to each other, although the police didn’t know how they were connected.

From 2000 until 2020, Scally ran the Perth nightlife company Limelite Events. During his time as a club owner and festival promoter, Scally worked for some of the biggest events and nightclubs in the country, including Stereosonic Festival and the multi-level Discovery Darwin nightclub.

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An unnamed veteran of Perth’s live music community told The West Australian that some of the projects Scally undertook were “ahead of its time”.

She explained, “He brought over some really big acts to Metropolis Fremantle and as you know he was one of the original founders of Stereosonic, one of Australia’s leading EDM festivals... so big names including Calvin Harris, will-i-am and a plethora of different DJs.

“Andy’s connections and networks that he built over the years were really instrumental to bringing great acts, whether they be international or from interstate over to Perth which was pretty ahead of its time.”

DJ/Producer Sam Christie said that Scally “helped create” their career as Chalk & Cheese on Facebook, writing, “This man helped create Chalk & Cheese after being 1 of the stand out acts at the limelite DJ comp and then took us around the country supported the most epic international and domestic artist.

“A manager I'll never forget, he got my 1st record deal and literally done everything possible to give us the main stage.”

Ken Hutchins from Gusto International added, “RiP Andy Scally top man many a fond memory touring perth with artists at your great events. In particular your NYD beach parties in Fremantle then of course stereosonics festival.

“You will be sorely missed by many my friend. But I’m sure you are entertaining many up there in the sky.”