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Australia Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass may leave NSW 'nanny state'

04:40  22 october  2019
04:40  22 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Laneway Festival , Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass are among a coalition of music festivals that say they have been left with no choice but to "consider their options" regarding relocation. The Australian Festival Association (AFA), which also represents Groovin the Moo

As music festivals like Splendour in the Grass , Falls Music and Arts Festival and Laneway threaten to pull out of New South Wales , Mark Humphries proposes an appropriate Music lovers! Once again your NSW festivals are under attack, but your voice CAN make a difference and we NEED IT TODAY.

a group of people standing in front of a large crowd at night: The teenage girl told the inquiry she was isolated and strip-searched on day one of Splendour in the Grass. (Supplied: Splendour in the Grass/Stephen Booth)© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation The teenage girl told the inquiry she was isolated and strip-searched on day one of Splendour in the Grass. (Supplied: Splendour in the Grass/Stephen Booth)

Australia's biggest music festivals are threatening to pull out of NSW, accusing the State Government of "endless nanny state interference".

Laneway Festival, Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass are among a coalition of music festivals that say they have been left with no choice but to "consider their options" regarding relocation.

The Australian Festival Association (AFA), which also represents Groovin the Moo, Listen Out and Field Day, met with the NSW Government yesterday to express concern about proposed new laws.

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Splendour in the Grass (commonly referred to as Splendour ) is an annual Australian music festival held at the North Byron Parklands in Yelgun, New South Wales .

Splendour in the Grass 2019 was the nineteenth edition of the annual Australian music festival Splendour in the Grass . It was held on 19 to 21 July, 2019 at North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, New South Wales , Australia.

Legislation to reinstate the controversial licensing scheme for music festivals was pushed forward by the NSW Government last week.

The new laws would make "high-risk" music festivals prepare a safety management plan.

About 11 of 90 music events in NSW would be considered "high risk".

If the laws pass, the festivals would be subjected to heightened criteria covering emergency medical workers, security and other conditions such as patrons' access to water.

The AFA said the Government was committed to further consultation after the passage of the bill.

However, they were angry the NSW Government had refused to commit to an industry roundtable.

"Without entering into meaningful engagement with the industry, the Government is condemning the future of festivals not only operating successfully but thriving in NSW," said Rod Little, co-director of Cattleyard Promotions.

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Performance & event venue in Yelgun, New South Wales . After a great deal of consideration and with the interest of our beloved fans front and centre, Splendour in the Grass will move the 20th Anniversary event forward to July 2021 ✨ We intend to rebook as many of the 2020 artists as possible

Splendour in The Grass is a massively popular festival , usually tickets will sell out on the day of release within the first 10 minutes. For those who are super keen there is always a second release of tickets. Splendour is so popular because great international artists play each year!

"It will be music-lovers in NSW that will ultimately miss out."

Tim Levinson, better known as hip-hop artist Urthboy, said the uncertainty had a punitive effect on its businesses, the economy, jobs and tourism in live music in the state.

"NSW has the opportunity to stop playing politics with our businesses and livelihoods," he said.

"The live music industry has managed to flourish for decades without this endless nanny state interference.

"Let us get on with making the state a culturally vibrant destination."

The regulations were introduced in March and passed NSW's Lower House, but Labor and the crossbenchers conspired to defeat the regulations in the Upper House.

There were five drug-related deaths at music festivals in NSW last summer.

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