The saga of the NSW Government vs. the live music scene has continued to rage on, with Live Performance Australia pleading for a halt to “rushed regulations”.
The cancellation of Mountain Sounds over the weekend has undoubtedly been an incredibly contentious topic amongst music fans, with organisers blaming the NSW Government of hitting them with “excessive costs, additional licensing conditions” and numerous other roadblocks.
While Premier Gladys Berejiklian appears unwilling to listen to organisers of festivals in New South Wales, the Don’t Kill Live Music initiative has recently sprung up, urging music-lovers to band together to save their music scene.
Now Australia’s live music industry peak body, Live Performance Australia, have shared their opinion on the matter, penning an open letter to the NSW Premier to plead for a pause to “rushed new regulations” affecting the industry thanks to the new Music Festival licensing scheme.
“The festivals industry needs certainty and confidence about the government’s expectations” the LPA wrote. “The process to date has been ad hoc and poorly handled – leading to confusion and uncertainty among festival organisers. There are still many unanswered questions.”