The Keep Sydney Open Party today pledges to repeal the lockouts, end the festivals licensing crisis and introduce pill testing as part of a package of measures it’ll take into the NSW state election.

The political party got the new week away by sharing its music-friendly manifesto and unveiling a new-look lead pack of candidates, which features night economy advocates Tyson Koh, Jess Miller and Jesse Matheson.

Keep Sydney Open was created in response to former NSW premier Mike Baird’s contentious lockout laws, which have been in place since 2014. The grass roots organisation evolved into a political party, manifesto and all, and it will vie for seats in both houses of Parliament in the 2019 state election.

The new party hopes it’ll spur action with its commitment to making NSW “more open, vibrant and inclusive for everyone,” with policies including $100 million in investments for contemporary music over four years, and a push to end the war on drugs. And yes, legalising weed is an item.

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The return of 24 hour party people?

Its policy platform runs like a checklist of critical matters on the agenda for the live entertainment industries. Among them, the party pitches:

Repealing the lockout laws and allow 24-hour trading for well-run venues.

Developing and investing in innovative, evidence-based late-night public health and safety strategies that encourage a positive nightlife.

24 hour public transport.