Bluesfest’s Peter Noble has driven home the importance of live music on the NSW economy, noting how his iconic festival draws in more money than sport and movies in the state.

It’s no secret that live music is one of the most celebrated industries in Australia when it comes to public approval. After all, Melbourne’s status as the live music capital of the world is enough to realise that this country is doing something right when it comes to supporting our local musicians.

However, in New South Wales, it’s a totally different story, with the Gladys Berejiklian Government appearing to do all they can to suppress the growth of the state’s live music industry.

Now, in speech given by Bluesfest founder Peter Noble at a VIP party during the festival’s 30th anniversary, it’s become clear just how important live music – and Bluesfest itself – is to the NSW Government.

Discussing the recent guidelines that have been imposed by the state Government, Peter Noble explained that such restrictions and suggestions can immediately stifle the future success of an event that means so much to the state’s economy.

“We don’t want to see things imposed upon us,” Noble explained. “We don’t want to be told we have to spend 100 grand here and 100 grand there. Because you know what the truth of our industry is? We’re not making enough money for that to be imposed upon us.”