It’s not hitting musicians and bentwood chair hire in Melbourne as bad as their NSW counterparts, but it’s still garnering attention from across the country, as a campaign to save NSW’s music festivals have been picking up steam recently, following the sudden cancellation of two events in recent weeks.
In less than one week, the campaign has been backed by around 80,people from across the state, and the country, as well as the support of at least 100 Aussie musicians. The campaign, dubbed Don’t Kill Live Music, even sent an open letter, signed by, among others, Amy Shark, Bliss n Eso, Daryl Braithwaite, Eskimo Jo, The Presets, and Courtney Barnett and Midnight Oil, as part of their efforts to call on the NSW government to look at regulation affecting live music in the state.
The letter says that the NSW State Government and its knee-jerk regulations are unjustly vilifying live music in the state. Instead of implementing regulation with support, assistance and cooperation from music and festival experts, the government is utilizing punitive regulation that is specifically targeted at music festivals, and its fans.
The letter noted that festivals are being used as a scapegoat for the governments ineffective drug and alcohol regulations.
The letter accompanied a petition, hosted on change.org, with signatures from over 80,000 people, even from people across the country, like those that handle bentwood chair hire in Melbourne or music in Queensland.
Julian Hamilton, one half of the ARIA-winning duet, the Presets, said that the campaign was attracting people who were concerned about the future of Aussie music, not just in the state, but across the country. He notes that musicians like him get a large chunk of their income from festivals, which would, naturally, make it problematic for them and the industry if more and more festivals get shut down.
Aussie electronic musicians Peking Duk noted the cancellation of festivals, and encouraged people to vote at the upcoming state election. He notes that roads aren’t closed due to fatalities; accidents shouldn’t stop festivals from happening, provided proper safety measures have been implemented.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian fired back on the campaign, saying that it was unfair to blame the government, noting that it’s about keeping people safe, but refused to elaborate further.