What’s my live music scene?

What’s my live music scene?

Hoodoo Gurus singer Dave Faulkner and a panel of music industry heavyweights will take a close look at Sydney’s live music scene in a free public forum this month.

Faulkner – who led late 1970s punk band The Victims before moving to Sydney in the early 1980s and starting the Hoodoo Gurus and more recently the Dig It Up! Festival – will talk about the highs and lows and red tape of a 30-year career in the industry.

He’ll be joined by people with years of experience playing music, booking bands, running venues and programming radio for the event at Lower Town Hall on 26 June.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that despite live music being a much-loved and important activity for many Sydneysiders, the live music scene faced challenges.

“We need more venues for artists to perform in, and more places where audiences can see them play,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The live music scene has struggled, with key venues closing or going into receivership and musicians finding it harder than ever to find gigs.

“Part of it is the complex regulations around live music and the challenging task of finding the right balance between the needs of residents and other businesses.

“I’ve established a Live Music Taskforce to look at the issues, see what has worked elsewhere, and report back with practical steps the City could take. This forum is an important step in the process.”

Speakers on the night include:

  • Dave Faulkner – singer and guitarist with one of Australia’s most enduring live acts, the Hoodoo Gurus, and founder of the Dig It Up! Festival;
  • John Wardle – musician and entertainment policy activist who helped establish small bars in Sydney and the NSW Government’s restrictive Place of Public Entertainment regulations, and chairman of the City’s Live Music Task Force;
  • Mark Gerber – founder of the art, performance and live music venue the Oxford Art Factory;
  • Meagan Loader program director for the Triple J network and founder of FBi Radio;
  • Brett Murrihy founder and chief executive of Artist Voice, one of Australia’s leading music artists’ agencies.

The night will round-off with performances by Sydney psychedelic-pop band The Laurels and country-folk duo Jep and Dep (Jessica Cassar and Darren Cross, formerly of Gerling/E.L.F).

The event follows the City’s Live Music 101 seminar last month for people interested in what it takes to put on a live show. Around 150 participants heard what permits were needed, how to avoid pitfalls such as noise complaints, and case studies from successful venue operators.

The Live Music Task Force will report later this year on ways the City can help stimulate the live music scene, including ideas on development consent and noise regulation, licensing requirements, building codes and possible initiatives to build audience participation.

City Conversation: You Can’t Stop the Music … unless you have a properly approved Noise Abatement Order

Date: Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Time: 6.30–8pm

Where: Lower Town Hall, Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney (entrance via Druitt Street)

Tickets: Free but limited – booking is essential on 136 100 or via ticketmaster.com.au

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

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin on 0477 310 149 or jlarkin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au