How lockout laws have damaged our live music scene

Written by
Jordi Kretchmer
Colourful lights at the Goodgod Super Club at Vivid Live 2016
Photography: Daniel Boud

The Live Music Office have dug into data from APRA AMCOS' licensing revenue from Feb 1 2013 to Jan 1 2015 to find some damning figures about the state of Sydney's live music and nightclub scenes. The figures support the anecdotal evidence there has been a a clear drop in live performance revenue and nightclub attendance in the CBD since the introduction of the lockout laws.

Key findings have revealed that there's been a 40 per cent drop in live performance revenue at venues within the Sydney CBD lockout zone, and there has been a 19 per cent decrease in attendance at nightclubs and dance venues.

Furthermore there's been a 32 per cent decrease in the value of door charges and a 17 per cent decrease in venue expenditure on live performers, meaning that artists and venues alike are losing out big time.  Hate the sound of these figures? Then make sure you fight the good fight be getting along to the Keep Sydney Open Rally this Sunday, or get on your feet and head to a gig at one of Sydney's ace live music venues likeOxford Art FactoryPlan B Small Club or the Civic Underground.

First published: 19/02/2016

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