The South Australian Government have had their finger on the pulse of their state’s live music scene for a while now. Facing dwindling support and some of the lower venue attendance numbers in recent years, the pollies have started to think outside of the usual Government ideas box in an attempt to give the scene a much needed shot in the arm.
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood of Adelaide City Council was inspired to develop a live music action plan following a visit to Austin, Texas for the SXSW conference, according to The Music Network. The sheer scale of Austin’s live music scene, with around 200 live music venues was motivation to bring that element back home, Yarwood stated. “No matter what day of the week it is, you can find live music being played somewhere around the city.”
Once appointed into their role, the ‘Thinker in Residence’ will liaise between promoters, venues and councils to create stronger ties between the three and also to help look into resource allocation, and other aspects that could breathe fresh air into the SA music scene. Grog prices are also expected to go down to inspire punters to get down to the venue.
WOMADelaide and Clipsal 500 are some of the few large scale events that frequent the state between Big Day Out and Soundwave.
They are expecting half a dozen new live music venues to open up in South Oz over the next 12 months