Just days after the beloved Mountain Sounds festival was cancelled as part of New South Wales’ “war on festivals”, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has offered her first public response.
On Saturday, the Aussie music scene was devastated to learn that Mountain Sounds had been officially cancelled.
In a statement, organisers revealed that while their preparation had been consistent with the previous year’s operation, they noted that the “authorities seemed adamant to penalise us on technicalities and clerical errors.”
This of course doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone, with the NSW Government seeming to take on the role of Festival Fun Police at every turn.
While underage patrons were not allowed at the inaugural Sydney leg of Good Things Festival, boutique festival Bohemian Beatfreaks was hit with a $200,000 fee to have up to 70 officers on-site over three days – a $184,000 increase on previous years.
This of course doesn’t even begin to touch on the ongoing controversy that the topic of pill-testing has brought with itself in recent months.
Despite some artists hitting out at the NSW Government (such as Peking Duk who said that the state government have “well and truly crossed the line”), Premier Gladys Berejiklian had remained silent on the matter. Now, she has offered her first thoughts while speaking to reporters yesterday.
“I don’t think it’s fair for organisers to blame anybody but themselves,” Berejiklian said. “There are rules in place.”