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Keep Sydney Open announces new rally date

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Alyx Gorman
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Keep Sydney Open, the loudest voice in the fight against Sydney's lockout laws, has announced a new date for the next rally: Saturday February 18, with venue still to be confirmed. The announcement comes after the eleventh-hour cancellation of a night-time protest in Kings Cross, by the New South Wales Supreme Court

The protest will take place almost a year to the day of Keep Sydney Open's first rally, which saw an estimated 15,000 people march for a "safe, diverse and vibrant nighttime economy". 

A lot has changed since then. In December, NSW premier Mike Baird announced a pilot program to push back the lockouts by 30 minutes for live music venues, a move Keep Sydney Open rejected as too little, too late. Just last week, premier Baird announced he'll be retiring from politics due to family health issues. 

Now, Keep Sydney Open's focus will be on pressuring New South Wales' next premier (currently tipped to be Gladys Berejiklian) to reverse the lockout laws and present a more holistic solution to Sydney's nighttime economy. 

Want to go out without a lockout now? Check out these late night venues outside the lockout zone.

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