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News : Good Things Festival in Sydney no longer catering to under 18s

By on November 20, 2018

No, this isn’t click bait. It’s just very unfortunate. Due to the New South Wales state government and its representatives, Good Things Festival in Sydney will no longer be catering to patrons under the age of 18. Reason? Just because. Hooray for democracy.

To reiterate, if you’re under the age of 18 years of age and were planning to enjoy a day of amazing music by attending Good Things Festival in Sydney, you will unfortunately no longer be able to do so. As stated by Good Things Festival organisers, it is not against the law to disagree with someone. However, the New South Wales police have imposed “excessive police presence and exorbitant fees, making it impossible for us to allow anyone under 18 to attend the event”.

Good Things Festival is not the only music festival affected by this as the New South Waves state government has threatened to shut down other music festivals which do not meet their standards. By the looks of things their “standards” are if you live in Sydney. (note the sarcasm)

The organisers of Good Things Festival have tried all measures to reach an agreement, exhausting all options including bringing in lawyers to try and come to an understanding. Sadly, the NSW police are enforcing significant costs for over policing the event which is not only wasting police resources, but it also has a significant impact on the experience for all of the festival patrons and making it impossible for the event organisers to allow under 18’s to attend.

The Good Things Festival Promoter & General Manager Chris O’Brien comments:

“We have been working around the clock for months to try and ensure the event goes ahead as planned, but we have seen unprecedented opposition to the event from the police and the government. The experience for all customers was going to be impacted. We have had to make the very difficult decision to turn the event to over 18’s only to avoid Under 18’s been forced to watch bands behind a 1.8m high chain wire fence.”Bull

There is currently a petition in motion created by Paul ‘Browny’ Brown, Owner and Editorial Manager of Wall Of Sound to hopefully bring a better understanding of the situation and clarity to the parties deeming this, and other festivals to unfit for patrons under the age of 18 years of age.

Melbourne and Brisbane events are not affected by this and are scheduled to run as normal. All ticket holders who were originally attending Good Things Festival and under the age of 18 will be contacted and issued a refund.

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Anwar is the editor-in-chief of Metal When Anwar isn't busy promoting tours, interviewing bands and reviewing awesome music, he loves to collect metal vinyl and play video games. Follow Metal Obsession on Twitter and Facebook