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Aussie Festivals, Musicians & Venues Launch ‘Your Choice’ Campaign For Gig Safety

Written by Tom Williams on July 14, 2017

A collective of Australian festivals, musicians, venues, promoters and record labels have launched a new campaign called ‘Your Choice’, in an attempt to help everyone have a fun and (more importantly) safe time when they’re out at a show.

Backed by the likes of Laneway Festival, Splendour In the Grass, Falls Festival and UNIFY Gathering — as well as artists like The Amity Affliction, Amy Shark and Bernard Fanning — ‘Your Choice’ is seeking to raise awareness of ongoing safety issues, as well as everyone’s personal responsibilities at live events.

Australia’s festival circuit has seen a number of distressing incidents take place in the last few years, including alleged sexual assaults at UNIFY Gathering and Rainbow Serpent Festival, as well as a horrific stampede and multiple alleged sexual assaults at Falls Festival.

In a statement, Splendour In The Grass and Falls Festival head honchos Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco say:

“’Your Choice’ is an important conversation to have… At its core, ‘Your Choice’ is a discussion about safety at gigs, concerts and festivals and how we can collectively have an inclusive, supportive good time at these shows.

“‘Your Choice’ will start the conversation and we hope, positively shift the behavioural culture that seems so prevalent these days.”

‘Your Choice’ is calling on all music fans and industry representatives to adopt a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bad behaviour at shows, and has even developed a series of ‘Your Choice House Rules’, which you can view below.

“The goal of ‘Your Choice’ is to help influence a culture of positive behaviour through shared responsibility — together as industry organisers and patrons attending,” organisers say.

“Everyone has the right to a good time, without the actions of the minority coming at personal and/or public expense. We want to see an inclusive, supportive, safe, fun time had by all.”

The Your Choice website also contains a bunch of resources for venues, artists, festival and other industry peeps, and is being spruiked as “a place for conversation, education, debate and interaction between industry and policy makers”.

The ‘Your Choice’ campaign builds on work already completed by the likes of Victoria’s Sexual Assault Task Force and Camp Cope’s ‘It Takes One’ campaign.

With a focus on opening up dialogue, employing “preventative strategies” and working towards harm minimisation
, organisers say they’ve already had positive discussions with Victorian Government ministers about the future of the campaign.

View the current list of ‘Your Choice’ supporters in full, below.

Your Choice ‘House Rules’ (Supplied)

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Your Choice Supporters (As At 14/07/17)

123 Agency 

170 Russell

5/4 Entertainment 

A DAY ON THE GREEN / ROUND HOUSE

A N R Department 

AAM 

AIR 

Airbourne

Alex Lahey

All Our Exes Live In Texas 

Amrap

Amy Shark

Angie McMahon

APRA AMCOS 

Astral People

Aus Music Week 

Bake House 

Barely Dressed Records

BBE

Beach Road Hotel Bondi

Beat 

Bedroom Sucks Records

Bernard Fanning 

Big Top Sydney – Luna Park

Bigsound 

Birds of Tokyo

Bizarro Life

Black Bear Lodge

Bluesfest 

Bob Evans 

Bolster 

Botany View Hotel 

Boy & Bear

Brass Monkey 

Brighton Up Bar

Brightside

Call and Response 

Captain Cook Hotel

Caroline

Catherine Haridy Management 

Cattleyard Promotions 

Cloud Control 

Code One Entertainment 

Collarts

Collision Course 

Comes With Fries 

Corner Hotel 

Crown and Anchor 

Dan Kelly 

Dark Mofo 

Dashville Skyline

Death Proof PR 

Dew Process 

Down The Highway 

Ecca Vandal

Edinburgh Castle 

Elephant Tracks 

ELKI

Engine Room 

Exeter Hotel

Falcona 

Falls Festival 

Fascinator

Feel Presents

Festival Hall

Festival Of The Sun 

Foghorn Media 

FOMO

Footstomp Music

Future Classic

Gang of Youths

Gareth Liddiard 

Grace Darling Hotel

Grass is Greener Festival 

Green Buzzard 

Groovin The Moo 

Grow Yourself Up 

Gum Ball 

Habitat 

Handshake Management 

Hatchie 

Heart Stop Music 

Heritage Hotel 

Howler

I know Leopard 

I OH YOU

Jebediah

Jive

JMC 

jones PR 

Josh Pyke 

Karen Conrad PR 

Karova Lounge

Katy Steele 

Kicks Entertainment

Kingswood 

Laneway 

Leadbelly 

Lemon Tree

Let Them Eat Cake

Lismore City Hall

Live Nation 

Look Out Kid

Lost Paradise

Low Brow Bar and Gallery

Lucky Ent. 

Lunatic Entertainment 

Lupa J 

Macro Music 

Mama Kin 

Maric Media 

MAX WATTS MEL, SYD, BRISBANE

Metropolis/Amplifier/Capitol

MGM Distribution 

Michael Parisi Management 

Mike Waters

Minor / Major PR 

Miranda Hotel 

Mistletone Records & Touring

MJR Presents

Mojos Bar

Mona Foma 

Monster Management 

Montaigne

Moonbase 

Mother Ship Events 

Mountain Sounds

Mucho-Bravado 

MUSIC NSW 

Music NT 

Music SA 

Music TAS 

MUSIC VIC 

Niche Productions 

Nicholas Allbrook

North Byron Parklands

Northcote Social Club 

NYE on the Hill

OKBadlands 

Oztix 

Pacific Hotel Yamba

Palais 

Palms 

Party In The Paddock 

Paul Dempsey

Pete Murray 

Peter Bibby

Philip Stevens Management 

Pierce Brothers 

Pigsty in July 

PR Files 

Premium Media

PS Music Group 

Q MUSIC 

Rad Bar 

REMI

Remote Control Records

Respect the Rule 

Revered Management 

Riot House PR 

Roadsick Apparel 

Sahara Beck 

Scrabble PR 

Secret Garden 

Secret Service Management 

Secret Service PR 

Secret Sounds

Secret Sounds Connect 

Secret Sounds Touring 

Select Music 

Select Touring 

SG Media 

Shihad 

Snowtunes Festival

Solbar

Some Velvet Morning

Something For Kate 

Spender 

Spilt Milk

Spinning Top 

Splendour In The Grass 

Sugar Mountain

Star Court Theatre Entertainment

Strawberry Fields

Tanks Arts Centre

The Amity Affliction

The AU Review

The Avalanches 

The Cat Empire 

The Chippo Hotel

The Drones 

The Foundary 

The Gasometer Hotel

The Grates 

The Hills Are Alive 

The Jezabels

The Lady Hampshire

The Lansdowne Hotel

The Lord Gldstone

The Music

The Music.com.au

The National Hotel 

The Northern

The Operatives

The Paper Kites

The Plot 

The Push 

The Retreat Hotel

The Teskey Brothers

The Toff

The Waifs 

The Zoo

This That Festival 

Thornbury Theatre

Timberwolf

Tired Lion 

Title Track 

Toby Martin 

Towradgi Beach Hotel 

Triffid

triple j

Tropical Fuck Storm 

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm

UNIFIED

Unify: A Heavy Music Gathering

Valve Bar & Venue

Village Sounds 

VVV MGMT

Waax

Waves Nightclub

Waywards

White Label Servicing 

Winston Surfshirt

Winterman Goldstein

Wollongong Uni Bar 

Wonderlick 

Woodford Folk Festival 

Your and Owls (Company)

Yours and Owls Festival

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