If you haven’t caught up with all that is happening within the world of live music in New South Wales we have some bad news, THINGS ARE NOT LOOKING GOOD.
With being “blindsided” by police bills, increased regulations, and a lack of understanding and care of live music culture and communities; the NSW government is forcing festival cancellations.
One festival that has already felt the impact of this is Mountain Sounds Festival. Cancelled just one week out from the event date, organisers claim on a post on their Facebook page, that they were “blindsided" by a “$200,000 invoice for 45 user pay police on a 24 hour cycle”. The post continues to read, “The Liberal party’s war on festivals in NSW is real and it’s robbing you of your freedom and culture”.
You can read it in its entirety here: https://www.facebook.com/mountainsoundsfestival/posts/1150161848477550.
Another festival to fall victim to the “war on festivals” is Psyfari, a multi-day festival that was celebrating its 10-year anniversary. They explained on their Facebook page, “While drug-related deaths at festivals are a very serious matter, they really do make up the tip of the iceberg. To put things into perspective, drug-related deaths at festivals on average make up less than 0.5 per cent of all drug-related deaths in Australia, but festivals are an easy target, and an insignificant sacrifice to a blind government with its head in the sand”.
You can read the Psyfari Facebook post in its entirety here: https://www.facebook.com/PSYFARI.FESTIVAL/posts/10156047608215868.
In response, people are taking action and “The Don’t Kill Live Music Rally” will be held Thursday February 21 at Hyde Park, Sydney. Its intention is to have as many people gather together to take a stand on the harsh impositions of the NSW Government. You can read more on the rally over on the Facebook Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1358886940918547/
Additionally, there is a petition circulating that can be signed to demand that Premier Berejiklian and the LNP does not kill live music. It can be read & signed here: http://bit.ly/dontkilllivemusic
Along with this it is important to stress the upcoming election and the opportunity you really have to exercise your voting rights. March 23, 2019 will be a very important day in NSW music history. More information can be found here: https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/
It’s your turn to take a stand and to get behind the music scene that has given so much to so many.
Image Credit: Don't Kill Live Music Rally - Sydney