The Canberra Times is running what feels like the annual doom and gloom piece declaring the death of live music due to urban infill.
It’s a story that needs to be approached with some caution. Some of the doom is things that haven’t actually happened. And some of the gloom is for things like the end of live music at the Wig and Pen which occurred many years ago. Then there’s All Bar Nun mentioned which is hardly a city centre venue, more the epitome of leafy suburbs.
Does anyone care if sequencer cover duos have the same restrictions on them as your basic disc spinning DJ? By which I mean that many a bar owner will moan and groan about noise restrictions, under the guise of protecting live original music, while having no intention of doing anything more than banging out a dance floor megamix at 4am.
My gut feeling is that urban infill is actually creating the conditions for good live music venues, and the live music scene in Canberra is actually stronger now than it was when RiotACT kicked off eight years ago.
Having said that, a bit more protection for the right to make noise before midnight in the inner city would not go astray.