Mass protest organised in Sydney to fight NSW music festival regulations

Lawrence Kim
February 15, 2019

Your music is under attack.

"Overbearing regulation, exorbitant police bills, a lack of respect for NSW businesses, and very little recognition of the significant positive impacts of music on our communities is forcing music out of NSW", it says.

The unified front, Don't Kill Live Music, released an open letter to punters this morning, explaining exactly what the effect the new legislation is going to have on live gigs, and festivals, and how the NSW government is essentially using festivals "as a scapegoat for years of failed drug and alcohol policy".

"We've made great headway today with the NSW government, and as such, we've been assured by the NSW Premier this afternoon (US time) that Bluesfest will be unaffected by the introduction of new laws as we are a "fantastic festival, with low risk and don't have anything to worry about", he said.

While Mountain Sounds was cancelled over the weekend, organisers blamed the State Government: and authorities, accusing them of hitting the festival with "excessive costs, additional licensing conditions" and numerous other roadblocks.

"The NSW State Government is vilifying live music with knee-jerk regulation".

In the wake of the Mountain Sounds cancellation, a new initiative is calling on NSW music-lovers to come out and show their support at the Don't Kill Live Music rally.

Don't Kill Live Music demands that the government reconsider its current regulations, be more transparent with fee regulation, and involve the music industry in conversations through a "music regulation roundtable".

It sparked an overwhelming response from the NSW music industry and its connections, who claim the Premier is waging a war against music and culture. "And the State Government is decimating our music culture in the process". Please see the list of signatories and supporters below...

The organisation has scheduled a rally to take place in Sydney's Hyde Park on Thursday, 21st February from 6pm - 8pm.

In an ironic twist, it marks the 9 anniversary of the February 23 game-changing SLAM rally in Melbourne when 22,000 marched down the city's streets protesting the tough rules that were closing music venues.

Sign this petition to demand the Berejiklian government stop killing live music HERE.

Don't let Gladys kill live music.

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