READ: Don’t Kill Live Music, Taking A Stance With a Festival Worthy Lineup
It started with a petition in response to the NSW Government’s apparent war on live music. With more than 100,000 people signing the Don’t Kill Live Music petition, in wake of the Gladys Berejiklian state government’s harsh laws relating to music festival and live music, a rally was born.
With a strong local support base, Don’t Kill Live Music have just announced its huge lineup in support or their rally. If the headliners are anything to go by, the music community are fighting tooth and nail beside us music lovers to keep live music alive!
Some of the biggest names in Australian music are showing their support with the likes of Hottest 100 toppers Ocean Alley and The Rubens set to perform, as well as the likes of Cloud Control, Dan Sultan, Olympia, Urthboy and Bertie Blackman. The rally will also include appearances from the music community including, Yumi Stynes, Julien Hamilton of The Presets, Murray Cook of The Wiggles, Adelle Robinson of Fuzzy and the Australian Festival Association, Michael Chugg of Chugg Entertainment as well as City of Sydney Councillor Jess Scully and Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbury.
Following the recent cancellation of multiple festivals, including Mountain Sounds, the organisation released an open letter to ‘music and culture lovers of Australia’.
“The NSW State Government is vilifying live music with knee-jerk regulation. 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,” the letter reads.
“We want our music culture to be safe and inclusive. Onerous and ill-considered regulation will not save lives. And the State Government is decimating our music culture in the process.”
Although many have gotten behind the cause Don’t Kill Live Music said they ‘still have a long way to go’, encouraging everyone to get behind the rally. The rally is being held on Thursday, February 21st at Sydney’s Hyde Park, so if you’re passionate about keeping live music alive, come and support a good cause.