Sydney Live Music Hot Spot Gets Council Thumbs-up

Written by Mike Hohnen on 2nd April, 2013

Sydney Live Music Hot Spot Gets Council Thumbs-up

It’s an Easter miracle if we’ve ever seen one. In a unanimous verdict, Sydney’s Leichhardt Council have given the nod to dig deeper into avenues by which the area can become the city’s new live music precinct.

In the wake of the Annandale’s demise, Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne has waged a battle against the flailing local live music scene and triumphantly spoke of his recent victory, and now with this stripe on the board, Byrne will be contacting Marrickville’s Mayor Victor Macri and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore today, “seeking their cooperation and I hope and expect to get it.”

The utopia, if approved, will stretch from Sydney Uni to Taverners Hill along Parramatta road and will be populated by clubs and venues, which will maintain a healthy late-night culture in the area. The strip will also host small bars and comedy venues. The idea seems to have ticked all the right boxes, and the council will now look into what needs to be done to get the ball rolling.

Already there have been discussions on how to sustain the new development, which Byrne hopes to begin implementing in 2013. Methods including sound insulation as well as increased noise allowances on top of the option to trade for longer hours have all been put in place to protect the new operators.

Byrne has stated, “I think the key message is that the momentum for a revival of Sydney’s live music scene is becoming unstoppable as more and more young people stand up and speak out. Thanks to the huge number of young people and music lovers who turned up to demand support.”

The council is looking at Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley for inspiration. For years upon years The Valley has remained a pumping spot.


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