A Don't Kill Live Music Rally has been organised in Sydney, protesting the NSW government's "war on music" and the fallout after the implementation of strict music festival regulations.
A list of demands have been published by the organisers, including the following requests of the State Government:
- Stops killing live music in NSW
- Forms a music regulation roundtable to review all regulation impacting live music
- Immediately undertakes a Regulatory Impact Statement for any regulation impacting music festivals
- Develops an industry standard with full transparency for user-pays policing and medical services
- Works with the music industry to develop robust, effective and achievable safety protocols for festivals
The rally will be held on February 21 from 6pm to 8pm at Hyde Park.
The NSW State Government is vilifying live music with knee-jerk regulation (more details here). Instead of consulting with festival experts, the NSW Government imposed punitive regulation that specifically targets music festivals and music fans. Festivals are being used as a scapegoat for years of failed drug and alcohol policy.
- Don't Kill Live Music - statement