A NEW FIGHT? “Labor Loves Live Music”
The Sydney Morning Herald reported today about a new Labor campaign which involves supporting live music venues (or at least listening to them) and promoting live music. Of course it’s a mighty ploy to connect with young voters – but guess what – I’m all ears! It’s aptly titled “Labor Loves Live Music” (and alliteration) and will be headed up by Leichhardt Labor Councillor Darcy Byrne. This is what he had to say,
''Local governments must choose to be on the side of live music venues as opposed to quieter pubs filled with poker machines,'' he said.
FINALLY! A member of government in favour of culture, rather than aiding its demise.
The campaign also poses to perturb residents who consistently whinge about noise pollution when they’ve moved into areas where music venues have long existed. Something I have never been able to wrap my head around…
There also a musician on the campaigns advisory board, John Wardle. As the SMH reported, he has recommended 'the state's planning laws should require more stringent building standards in areas with music venues.'
What issues are you live music fans out there are dealing with in your local areas – let us know in the comments!
Make sure you head to the SLAM Facebook page to show your support and keep yourself in the loop too.
VIVA LIVE MUSIC!
Here's some pics we took at the last SLAM rally in Sydney at the Annandale Hotel... click for the full gallery.