Another week, one other run of saddening pageant 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 surprising of the 2 was the central coast based mostly Mountain Sounds pageant 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 pageant – up from a quote of round $16,000 the earlier yr for a pageant of the identical measurement and with none main incidents.
Organisers shared the announcement on Facebook explaining to their fans:
We, like lots of you, have seen the pageant local weather proceed to decrease in Australia. NSW particularly is in dire straits. This is one more instance of the federal government’s conflict on festivals.
Safety has at all times been of the utmost significance to us, and it was because of this that we agreed to downsize our pageant website, cancelling over 20 acts, to make sure we met newly imposed security, licensing and safety prices, in an effort to keep the wellbeing of our patrons and nonetheless placed on the present.
A mere 7 days out from the occasion, additional circumstances and monetary obligations have been imposed on the pageant, which have been unattainable to satisfy.
In 2018, Mountain Sounds ran easily, with an attendance of 16,000 folks over two days, 11 person 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 yr earlier than), we have been informed we must pay a further upfront quantity of roughly $200,000 for 45 person pay police on a 24 hour cycle. This got here one week out from the pageant and blindsided us as we have been quoted for 11 person pay police on the 18th of January.
We have at all times thought of our relationship with the native police a constructive one. We’ve at all times valued their enter and cooperated wherever we have been required. Thanks to our complete planning, Mountain Sounds has by no means had any critical drug-related incidents. There have been 49 drug detections out of the 16,000 attendees over the 2 days of operation final yr. That’s zero.30%. This is one more reason 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 pageant whereas moreover not really offering any counter proof on costings outlined by Mountain Sounds organisers and the reasoning to the cancellation.
This was virtually the identical state of affairs as Bohemian Beatfreaks who have been met with the same but random improve in policing prices for a pageant with out main incident of their whole historical past and already had council approval for the subsequent 5 years.
Organiser of Bohemian Beatfreaks did problem the NSW Police in court docket and gained however with an attraction on the horizon determined to maneuver this pageant in addition to their mum or dad pageant 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 a good time their 10th occasion September this yr.
Unfortunately they level to the harder 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 smart enterprise, means partaking extra considerably with native & exterior organisations & after hundreds upon hundreds 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 sort of restrictions & expectations being positioned upon festivals, significantly tenting & rural festivals is prohibitive & changing into unattainable. Bureaucrats are making selections 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 website, attended your occasion and even possesses a real understanding (not to mention curiosity) within the challenges going through creatives goes to destroy a tremendous sector of our pageant panorama.
We work to a decent financial system of scale & this scale has tipped up to now into the world of over-regulation that we at the moment are compelled to search for a brand new residence for Wollombi exterior of our area.
That makes it Bohemian Beatfreaks/Rabbits Eat Lettuce, Psyfari, Mountain Sounds and Wollombi Music Festival all victims of harder laws round festivals in NSW.
Adding to that may be a hit on cruises in Sydney Harbour over noise complaints from residents in surrounding areas in addition to the continued refusal to implement tablet 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 you should definitely familiarise your self with every events insurance policies in relation to a nighttime financial system and the humanities and vote accordingly.