"Words can’t explain how embarrassed I am that my home, the most beautiful and once most vibrant city in the world has become a laughing stock internationally."
The newest artist to vocalise their condemnation for Premier Mike Baird's Facebook post yesterday claiming Sydney's live culture was "safer and more vibrant than ever", Alison Wonderland has taken to her own Facebook to pen an open letter, writing "our beloved Sydney's reputation has taken a fucking battering".
On tour currently in North America and Canada, Wonderland describes her interactions with numerous people overseas who all ask "if it's true that Sydney has become a nanny state and voice their genuine concerns about visiting it".
"Our beloved Sydney’s reputation has taken a fucking battering & words can’t explain how embarrassed I am that my home, the most beautiful and once most vibrant city in the world has become a laughing stock internationally."
Comparing Sydney to Melbourne which "(sans lockout) moves ahead safely and prosperously", Wonderland finishes with, "Go on… keep arrogantly ignoring us. It seems to have worked well for your predecessors. This is not footloose."
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Fellow DJ Nina Las Vegas — who wrote, "As a nightclub DJ and promoter, I can't work within the lockout zones and am continually explaining to international visitors WHY our city is no longer somewhere you would want to perform" yesterday — has commented on Wonderland's post with support, along with thousands of others.
theMusic.com.au has contacted Wonderland for further comment.
Read Alison Wonderland's full post below.