Thousands Turn Out At #DontKillLiveMusic Rally: ‘Let's Get Rid Of This Shit!’

21 February 2019 | 6:31 pm | Staff Writer

Here's what's went down.

Thousands turned out for the Don’t Kill Live Music rally in Sydney tonight, with appearances from a star-studded list of local artists and speakers.

The Hyde Park event - which will included appearances from Ocean Alley, The Rubens, Ocean Alley, The Rubens, Olympia and speakers Michael Chugg of Chugg Entertainment, Dave Faulkner of Hoodoo Gurus and more - was in opposition to the NSW Government’s “war on music and culture”, with the state’s festival scene suffering due to new policies.

If you were unable to attend but still want to make your voice heard, you sign the Don’t Kill Live Music petition.


Adelle Robinson

Fuzzy/Australian Festival Association

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“My industry has never felt so uncertain. Promoters don’t know how they’ll be classified under the new license and we’re still yet to see a full set of regulations with guidelines, despite the fact that it’s supposed to be coming in next week. This is not a state that I want to live in. I do not support the new music festival license coming on the 1st of March. The government’s approach has been rushed. Their approach has not considered the economic impacts. Their approach shows yet again that they do not value the cultural importance of music festivals.”


Dan Sultan

“Seems to me, the low-risk festivals have a slightly older demographic then the high-risk festivals. It’s an attack on young people."


The Presets’ Julian Hamilton discussed the importance of music festivals, citing Big Day Out, while encouraging people to vote, before Urthboy & Bertie Blackman graced the stage to perform a song:

The Wiggles' Murray Cook stressed regional areas need live music festivals:

Murray Cook!

Posted by on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Jess Scully

City of Sydney Councillor

“This is a rush job, it was half baked. There was 90 minutes of consultation with the music industry on this."

"Our city, our culture can’t take another hatchet job”


Ocean Alley offered up a tight performance of their Hottest 100 #1 single Confidence:


"Let's get rid of this shit!" Aussie music legend Michael Chugg got passionate:

The man, the legend... Michael Chugg!

Posted by on Thursday, February 21, 2019

"Let's get rid of the bums - we don't need them!" Hoodoo Gurus' Dave Faulkner said, before getting the crowd the sing Ramone's Glad to See You Go:

Ladies & gentlemen... Dave Faulkner!

Posted by on Thursday, February 21, 2019