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News : Don’t Kill Live Music Rally keynote speakers announced.

By on February 21, 2019

This evening at Hyde Park (the northern end) in Sydney will see the Don’t Kill Live Music rally commence from 6pm to 8pm. The aim of the rally is to keep live music in Sydney flourishing and inclusive without the continual harassment and knee-jerk reactions from the State Government. 

Keynote speakers have been confirmed to appear at the Don’t Kill Live Music rally, including Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment), Murray Cook (The Wiggles) and Wollongong Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbury, among others.

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Rhys Muldoon (MC) & Yumi Stynes (MC), Julien Hamilton (THE PRESETS), Murray Cook(THE WIGGLES), Tim Levinson (ELEPHANT TRAKS), Helen Marcou (SLAM), Adelle Robinson (FUZZY / AUSTRALIAN FESTIVALS ASSOCIATION), Michael Chugg (CHUGG ENTERTAINMENT), Dave Faulkner (HOODOO GURUS), Jane Slingo (EMC) Councillor Jess Scully (City of Sydney City), Gordon Bradbury (Wollongong Lord Mayor).

As it stands, there are currently over 115,000 signatures on the Don’t Kill Live Music online petition. No doubt this has made things very clear to Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the State Government that things need to change on the imposed crippling regulations that specifically targets music festivals and its fans.

Don’t Kill Live Music organisers demand the following from the State Government.

  • To reconsider the proposed music festival license and delay any commencement until after the NSW election due to the following: 
  1. There is too much uncertainty for festival operators as to how the proposed regulatory system would work. Festival operators have not been adequately consulted and the impacts of the proposed changes are not understood by industry or any stakeholders.
  2. The Berejiklian Government continues to show reckless indifference to the economic impacts that the proposed regulations will impose, by rushing the new regulations through in an attempt to have them implemented prior to the commencement of the ‘caretaker period’, when parliament is dissolved prior to the election.
  3. The current regulatory body is not equipped to regulate music festivals. Their mandate is around liquor and gaming, they have zero understanding of the nuances of music festival operation or knowledge of local area needs, in the way that local councils and venues have.
  • Delay the implementation of the new license date of March 1st of the proposed Music Festival License regulation until further consultation has taken place
  • Delay the implementation of the new licence date of March 1st until a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been completed
  • Form a music regulation roundtable to review all regulation impacting live music
  • Immediately undertake a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for any proposed legislation impacting music festivals
  • Develop an industry standard with full transparency for user-pays policing and medical services
  • Work with the music industry to develop robust, effective and achievable safety protocols for festivals

To find out more about the Don’t Kill Live Music rally this evening in Sydney, head to the official Facebook event page.


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