Australia’s historical past with digital music and nightlife usually is a troubled one, and the nation authorities persistently does little or no to truly assist the trigger. In the newest of a protracted string of offenses, the NSW Government has successfully shut down Mountain Sounds Festival with a brand new “police and safety” price.
“Dear Australia, it breaks our heart to say the NSW Government has well and truly crossed the line,” writes Peking Duk, a legacy act of the pageant. According to duo, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian elevated the ‘police and safety’ price in 2019 to $200,000, a 1250% enhance over final 12 months when it was simply $16,000. Mountain Sounds 2019 was scheduled to open in a single week. It is now formally cancelled.
“Gladys Berejiklian says she wants festivals to continue and to grow,” Peking Duk continues, “how exactly do they grow with a $184,000 increase in police costs? Forcing festivals to pay these costs even though out of 15,000 attendees last year there were only 49 drug detections. 49. There were no drug deaths, no drug violcence, nothing to justify an increase in police costs.”
Berejiklian spoke to the press Monday morning and positioned the blame on organizers.
“I don’t think it’s fair for organisers to blame anybody but themselves,” she stated. “There are guidelines in place. We need younger folks to have enjoyable, we wish extra tourism to the Central Coast and different locations. But the pageant organisers simply need to obey the legislation. It’s not nearly making a fast greenback, it’s additionally about conserving the individuals who flip up protected.
“If you can’t spend money making your event safer, well that’s a decision for you, but it’s not fair to blame the government,” she added.
Mountain Sounds organizers declare they had been quoted a particular value for police on January 18, after which they had been blindsided by this exorbitant enhance.
“The Liberal party’s war on festivals in NSW is real and it’s robbing you of your freedom and culture,” the pageant wrote in an announcement. “Who would’ve known that lock-out laws were just the beginning of the death of live entertainment in NSW. This has now spread to larger-scale and multi-day regional events and it’s only getting worse.”