NSW Legislative Council has rejected the NSW Government’s Music Festival regulations.

Earlier today the Legislative Council voted to reject the restrictive music festival licensing regulations. The controversial regulations were implemented with little concern for the impact they would have on the industry and with virtually no consultation with the industry in question. The resolution was supported by a cross-party vote of 21 votes to 18.

The Opposition has also called on the Government to immediately establish a regulatory roundtable with the music industry and local government.

This is a huge win for festivals in NSW, particularly events that became unviable due to the licencing regulations put into effect earlier this year. Amongst the general public in the viewing gallery including members from APRA AMCOS, the Australian Festivals Association and Music NSW was Jenny Ross-King, mother of Alex Ross-King who passed away earlier in the year at FOMO Festival.

It was a two-hour-long and at times passionate and emotional affair but in case you didn’t catch it, The Industry Observer sat through the debate at NSW Parliament House, so you didn’t have to. Here’s a quick run-down of what came out of the debate.

Opening the debate, The Hon. John Graham MLC, Shadow Minister for Roads, Music and the Night-Time Economy who has been a passionate advocate for the disallowance of these regulations stated: