Happy birthday FBi, a local music champion

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Lord Mayor Clover Moore today congratulated FBi Radio for 10 years of championing Sydney’s music and creative scene.

The community station is throwing a day-long party this Sunday to celebrate its 10th anniversary, with help from some of Australia’s best acts including the Presets, Hermitude, Sarah Blasko and Midnight Juggernauts, many of which got their start on the station.

“In the 10 years since FBi Radio started, Sydney’s music and creative scenes have flourished,” the Lord Mayor said.

“FBi Radio’s support has fostered a new generation of artists by giving them air time and exposure they just wouldn’t get otherwise. That support has been vital to the live music scene in Sydney, which has come under pressure with venues closing or being forced into receivership.

“The City’s committed to supporting local artists and live music, and we’re delighted to work with organisations such as FBi to build a thriving local creative scene. Congratulations to FBi Radio and everyone involved on reaching this important milestone. I wish all involved a very happy birthday, and many more to come.”

The FBi Turns 10 event will feature more than 35 acts over four stages at Carriageworks in Eveleigh starting at noon on Sunday. More details are available here.

The crowds will be kept well fed by five food trucks that are part of the City’s food truck trial – Veggie Patch, Urban Pasta, Bite Size Delights, Cantina Mobil and Tsuru. The City’s food trucks won FBi’s Sydney Music Art and Culture (SMAC) award last year in the Remix the City category.

The City’s Live Music Taskforce was created late last year to look at ways the City can help stimulate the live music scene and is considering issues including possible changes to regulations on development consent and noise, processes for investigating noise complaints, audience development opportunities and liquor law.

The Taskforce, which includes FBi’s general manager for music, Dan Zilber, is due to hand in its report later this year.

FBi went to air full-time in 2003 and has stayed true to its ethos of supporting local music and artists. The station prides itself on a playlist that is at least 50 per cent Australian music, half of which comes from Sydney.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Rohan Sullivan, phone 02 9246 7298 or 0414 617 086, or email rsullivan@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson 0427 044 768 or mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au