Skip to main content

industry > News

EXCLUSIVE: Sydney Music Industry Forms Alliance To Combat Lockout Laws

Jan 30th 2014 | 10:01am | Scott Fitzsimons
Key stakeholders in the Sydney live music scene will today officially launch a new alliance to protect the global city's late night culture and to fight proposed 1.30am lockout laws.

The Sydney Late Night Culture Alliance believes that Premier Barry O'Farrell's proposed laws to improve safety should not be based on the Newcastle lock-out model and that significant improvements should be made to public transport in the city's CBD and surroundings to ensure the city's population can get home quickly and safely.


SYDNEY LATE NIGHT CULTURE ALLIANCE

  • Want model to reduce violence to be based on global city of same scope, not Newcastle
  • Are opposed to 1.30am lockouts and 3am cessation of service that will impact cultural activity
  • Calling for public transport improvements

As such, the Alliance's first campaign '1.31am – Keep Sydney Open' has been launched specifically to target the proposals.

TheMusic.com.au is a founding member of the Alliance alongside peak state body MusicNSW, music advocacy organisation SLAM, community radio station FBi Radio, venues GoodGod Small Club and the Oxford Art Factory and fellow media inthemix and The Music Network.

“On the back of the live music-led rejuvenation and alongside an emerging small bars culture, Sydney has fought hard to grow and innovate,” says the Alliance. “These new laws will turn back the clock on Sydney and its now lively late-night cultural scene.”

MusicNSW's Executive Office Kirsty Brown told theMusic.com.au today, “It's been tough to make a living from live music in Sydney for a long time now, and these laws will make it even tougher. We strongly felt that all the good work that had been done in the last five or six years, with the emergence of a small bar culture, and unique venues like GoodGod and Oxford Art Factory having such a positive effect on Sydney's nightlife, that we could not sit idly by while we lost what we'd all fought so hard to gain.

“The Alliance allows Sydney's music venues and organisations the opportunity to tackle the issue together, in a non-competitive way, and work towards solutions that can actually work.”

It is believed that the Premier hopes to push through some of the proposals before the weekend.

Hey Geronimo at GoodGod Small Club. Pic by Josh Groom

The Alliance believes that Sydney venues – particularly those with live entertainment – provide a safe environment for the city's population to socialise and enjoy themselves, create employment for young people and encourage the growth of small business. By implementing a lockout based on Newcastle, which is a regional city of half a million residents, the Alliance believes that the laws will constrict Sydney's standing as a global city.


LIVE MUSIC IN THE CITY

  • Live music venues increase feeling of safety, according to Deloitte Access Economics 2011 study
  • Live venues trade with lower margins, and will be impacted by restricted hours
  • Freeze on liquor licenses will stifle cultural growth

A lockout, and other proposals from the Premier, are "designed to fail", the Alliance says.

Cultural activity reduces violence and as live venues generally trade with lower profit margins, reduced operating hours will make it tougher for cultural venues to be viable.

The Alliance has set up a website as well as Twitter and Facebook pages and is calling upon other Sydney organisations, venues and music stakeholders to join the Alliance. You can find those contact details here.

Essential to the Alliance's success will be the support of the music-loving community, who should keep tuned to the Alliance's channels for news on how to help sustain the city's culture.


FOUNDING MEMBERS

MusicNSW, SLAM, FBi Radio, GoodGod Small Club, Oxford Art Factory, theMusic.com.au/The Music, inthemix and The Music Network


“When you're dealing with any government it's important to show you have numbers on your side," Brown tells theMusic. "Numbers are votes! And the votes of young people are becoming more and more crucial. The Sydney live music scene has often been fragmented when dealing with issues that affect us, and forming an alliance I think also demonstrates a maturity within our own industry.

"It sends a message that we should not be shut out of the discussion, because if we can get together and enthusiastically talk about things like lockout laws, regulatory issues and work towards solutions, it certainly challenges the stereotype that we're all black t-shirt wearing drunks who only want to argue about the Hottest 100.

"We're a powerful group of people, and I think the Alliance symbolises that we have finally realised our potential and importance to this city.”

Note: This story was altered at 10.59am to amend the reference to the tabling of the lockout laws. Originally reported as being postponed until February, it has since been confirmed as being pushed through this week.

War On Drugs at the Oxford Art Factory this month. Pic by Josh Groom

Comments

Related Articles



Poster IT

Connect with The Music

Subscribe to Daily Newsletter

Galleries

<span>Listen Out</span><br />Centennial Park, Sydney

Listen Out
Centennial Park, Sydney

<span>Courtney Barnett, DD Dumbo, West Thebarton Brothel Party</span><br />Jive

Courtney Barnett, DD Dumbo, West Thebarton Brothel Party
Jive

<span>The Cat Empire</span><br />Metro City

The Cat Empire
Metro City

<span>Sticky Fingers</span><br />Metro Theatre

Sticky Fingers
Metro Theatre

<span>Robbie Williams</span><br />Allphones Arena

Robbie Williams
Allphones Arena

<span>Wagons</span><br />Under The Clothesline

Wagons
Under The Clothesline

<span>Angus & Julia Stone</span><br />Perth Concert Hall

Angus & Julia Stone
Perth Concert Hall

<span>Young Henry's Small World Street Festival</span><br />

Young Henry's Small World Street Festival

<span>HTRK</span><br />The Spiegeltent

HTRK
The Spiegeltent

this week's magazine

Digital Version
Airlie Beach Music Festival Australasian Worldwide Music Expo Beyond The Valley BIGSOUND Bleach Festival Blue Mountains Music Festival Blues At Bridgetown Bluesfest Breakfest Brisbane Festival Brunswick Music Festival Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival Caloundra Music Festival Campfire Festival CoLAB Deni Blues & Roots Dungog Festival Earth Frequency Festival Fairbridge Folk Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Festival Of The Sun Follow The Sun Festival Gorgeous Festival Great Southern Blues Festival Gympie Music Muster HyperFest JamGrass Music Festival Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival Just For Laughs Let Them Eat Cake Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Lost Paradise Manifest Melbourne Music Week Meredith Music Festival Mitchell Creek Rock 'n' Blues MOFO Mullum Music Festival Nannup Music Festival Noosa Jazz Festival NYE On The Hill Originals Music Festival Out On The Weekend Outlet Music Festival OutsideIn Paradise Music Festival Poison City Weekender Port Fairy Folk Festival Queenscliff Music Festival Rainbow Serpent Festival Riverboats Music Festival Rottofest Soulfest Soulfest Soulfest Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Southbound Splendour In The Grass Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Strawberry Fields Subsonic Sugar Mountain Festival Sydney Country Music Festival Sydney Fringe Festival Tamworth Country Music Festival The Blurst Of Times Festival The Hills Are Alive Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers UNIFY: A Heavy Music Gathering Valley Fiesta WOMAdelaide Woodford Folk Festival Yours And Owls

The Music Store

Australasian Music Industry Directory
The ultimate print sourcebook for all the contacts…
Jun 18th 2014
Arts Advertising Packages
The Music Arts Packages provide promotion in The Music…
Jun 18th 2014
Indie Band Advertising Packages
The Music Indie Band Packages provide promotion in…
Jun 18th 2014
Galleon Krueger for Sale
Galleon Krueger Bass Amplifier. 1001RB As new, current…
Jul 12th 2014
Jazz guitarists wanted for weekend jams.
We are a bass and drums unit rehearsing in St Peters…
Jul 12th 2014
Premier Sydney Punk/Rock Band seeks Drummer
One of Sydneys Premier Punk Rock Bands seeks energetic…
Jun 18th 2014

Listen