Another week, one other run of saddening competition information amid toughing laws round primarily tenting/rural festivals in NSW in response to a handful of tragic deaths over summer season from suspected drug overdoses.
The most stunning of the 2 was the central coast based mostly Mountain Sounds competition that post a statement on downsizing stages and artists last week has needed to cancel fully saying they have been blindsided by a $200,000 quote to have quite a few police attend the competition – up from a quote of round $16,000 the earlier 12 months for a competition of the identical dimension and with none main incidents.
Organisers shared the announcement on Facebook explaining to their fans:
We, like lots of you, have seen the competition local weather proceed to decrease in Australia. NSW particularly is in dire straits. This is yet one more instance of the federal government’s conflict on festivals.
Safety has all the time been of the utmost significance to us, and it was because of this that we agreed to downsize our competition web site, cancelling over 20 acts, to make sure we met newly imposed security, licensing and safety prices, with a purpose to keep the wellbeing of our patrons and nonetheless placed on the present.
A mere 7 days out from the occasion, additional situations and monetary obligations have been imposed on the competition, which have been unimaginable to satisfy.
In 2018, Mountain Sounds ran easily, with an attendance of 16,000 individuals over two days, 11 consumer pay police and no main drug-related incidents. In 2019, regardless of our continued proactive hurt minimisation measures (and having much less attendees than the 12 months earlier than), we have been informed we must pay an extra upfront quantity of roughly $200,000 for 45 consumer pay police on a 24 hour cycle. This got here one week out from the competition and blindsided us as we have been quoted for 11 consumer pay police on the 18th of January.
We have all the time thought of our relationship with the native police a optimistic one. We’ve all the time valued their enter and cooperated wherever we have been required. Thanks to our complete planning, Mountain Sounds has by no means had any severe drug-related incidents. There have been 49 drug detections out of the 16,000 attendees over the 2 days of operation final 12 months. That’s zero.30%. This is another excuse we're left shell-shocked that this might occur.
NSW Police did refute the declare in a strangely bizarre statement that they didn't themselves cancel the competition whereas moreover not really offering any counter proof on costings outlined by Mountain Sounds organisers and the reasoning to the cancellation.
This was nearly the identical state of affairs as Bohemian Beatfreaks who have been met with an identical but random enhance in policing prices for a competition with out main incident of their whole historical past and already had council approval for the following 5 years.
Organiser of Bohemian Beatfreaks did problem the NSW Police in courtroom and gained however with an enchantment on the horizon determined to maneuver this competition in addition to their mum or dad competition Rabbits Eat Lettuce to QLD to keep away from the authorized prices within the neighborhood of $100,000+.
Probably rather less in your music radar is a second annual tenting occasion in Cessnock known as the Wollombi Music Festival which can have fun their 10th occasion September this 12 months.
Unfortunately they level to the more durable laws by the NSW Government round tenting festivals that make the planning and execution of occasions and the intent to develop previous restricted numbers unreasonable telling fans on Facebook:
Unfortunately to develop, which after four consecutive offered out years is wise enterprise, means partaking extra considerably with native & exterior organisations & after 1000's upon 1000's of spent on so many reviews we withdrew our DA utility from Cessnock City Councilthis week.
We need to make this clear.
The points going through the way forward for festivals is SO far more than medication. The type of restrictions & expectations being positioned upon festivals, notably tenting & rural festivals is prohibitive & turning into unimaginable. Bureaucrats are making choices on the way forward for occasions with out partaking successfully or collaboratively with promoters.
To have your livelihood determined by somebody who has by no means visited your web site, attended your occasion and even possesses a real understanding (not to mention curiosity) within the challenges going through creatives goes to destroy an incredible sector of our competition panorama.
We work to a decent economic system of scale & this scale has tipped thus far into the world of over-regulation that we are actually compelled to search for a brand new dwelling for Wollombi outdoors of our area.
That makes it Bohemian Beatfreaks/Rabbits Eat Lettuce, Psyfari, Mountain Sounds and Wollombi Music Festival all victims of more durable laws round festivals in NSW.
Adding to that could be a hit on cruises in Sydney Harbour over noise complaints from residents in surrounding areas in addition to the continued refusal to implement capsule testing within the face of proof and both health and authority groups backing it and the announce of 1000 extra CCTV cameras in NSW and it’s all trying a bit dire.
This state election remember to familiarise your self with every events insurance policies on the subject of a nighttime economic system and the humanities and vote accordingly.