The Victorian Government is introducing reforms to make all ages shows a possibility in the state, changing the current liquor regulations that only permit either over-18 or underage entry, and adding a new category for alcohol-free gigs for punters aged 18 – 25.
The Liberal Government is making the changes based on recommendations made by the Victorian Live Music Roundtable discussions, with Victorian Minister for Liquor & Gaming Regulation Edward O’Donohue making the announcement at Thursday night’s Music Victoria Awards.
Currently it’s a lengthy and expensive procedure to de-license a licensed venue, but reforms will include a new fast-track application for underage events that are deemed low risk. Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan has welcomed the changes, saying they will benefit artists, venues, promoters and young music fans. “It also illustrates what can be achieved when the industry and various departments of the government come together and work through issues that hinder our wonderful live music industry.”
Richard Moffat, booker for The Corner and Northcote Social Club, said the reforms would bring back the all ages shows that he himself grew up with in the ’80s:
“For many years Melbourne has had these troubling, restricting laws that have effectively ‘ghettoised’ entertainment for teenagers. It has meant parents cannot see bands they love with their kids… older brothers and sisters not being able to attend with their younger siblings.”
Similar changes are hoped to be brought about in Sydney and Adelaide in the future.
(via The Music)