Memorial plaques have been laid outside closed-down music venues across Sydney to show the impact lockout laws are having on the city's music scene.
Anti-lockout group, Keep Sydney Open, has enlisted acts including Flight Facilities and The Preatures to speak out about the effect the laws have had on venues that gave them their start in music.
The driving force of the movement is that "crucial live music venues in Sydney have closed, several hundred jobs have been lost and the magic around our city is fading," according to the group.
Artist Alison Wonderland, whose plaque was erected outside the now closed Q Bar, said in an Instagram post she doesn't know where she would be without the opportunities the bar gave her.
"The nightlife in Sydney is what made me fall in love with what I do. So many of my craziest, fondest, stupidest & most inspiring memories come from this time in my life," she posted.
When I started, my Friday night residency at Q Bar helped to shape me as an artist, learn my craft, discover so much music, be part of a community & LIVE. I learnt by surrounding myself in the culture, trying new things, failing, succeeding, having the space to experiment. The nightlife in Sydney is what made me fall in love with what I do. So many of my craziest, fondest, stupidest & most inspiring memories come from this time in my life... don't know where I would be if I wasn't given this opportunity. I owe you a lot. LOCKOUTS AREN'T THE ANSWER. We need our freedom back this isn't footloose #keepsydneyopen
Keep Sydney Open is fighting the 2014 decision of the NSW State Government to impose a number of restrictions on inner city venues, including the 1.30am lockout laws.
"All this for a minimal impact on violence, which was shown to be in decline since small-bar licenses were granted in 2008," the movement said on their website.
The recently released independent review into the lockout laws by former High Court judge Ian Callinan found that live entertainers now had fewer performing opportunities.
Although Callinan said he wasn't satisfied that providers and customers had done all they could to adapt to the laws.
"I do not understand why some of those opportunities have not migrated to other areas or other times," he said in the report.
The plaques were installed outside 18 venues which have been closed since the 2014 laws came into play.
DJ Nina Las Vegas, also spoke out in an Instagram post saying that the culture and excitement needs to come back to Sydney.
"We need venues to host the next generation of electronic musicians. We need to #KeepSydneyOpen," she said.
We ALL played at Hugos. Especially Sunday. You could see myself, @flightfac @bag_raiders @annalunoe @badezzy @cassian88 @dangerous_dan @listentobeni and of course @sneakysoundsystem at any given time. Not only would the locals keep it on lock, any international DJ with Sunday night off would roll through. From @lcdsoundsystem to @louisbrodinski... and boy, was it a party! It's currently Friday night and Kings Cross is now empty 🌬. Let alone busy on a Sunday. We need that excitement and culture back. We need venues to host the next generation of electronic musicians. We need to #KeepSydneyOpen.
Many of the artists who are featured on the plaques have also taken to social media to express their distaste over the laws and join the fight to #KeepSydneyOpen.
For the love of god and aliens.. Please resurrect our nightlife pic.twitter.com/PE1UauBiiZ— Alison Wonderland (@awonderdj) 23 September 2016
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