Over 2000 people are expected to gather in the Sydney suburb of Newtown today, to protest the city’s controversial lockout laws, its Westconnex transport project, and to demand a more livable city as part of the latest Reclaim The Streets festival.
The free, family-friendly and eight-stage mobile protest festival will see over 30 local bands and DJs pumping out a variety of tunes as it makes its way down Newtown’s King Street after gathering in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park from 2pm this afternoon.
The previous Reclaim The Streets rally was held in September, and saw thousands of locals take to the streets of the Sydney CBD with banners and chants.
This time around, the protest continues to centre around a number of issues, including Sydney’s lockout laws, which currently lock punters out of clubs at 1.30am, close bottle-shops at 10pm and stop the service of alcohol after 3am.
Reclaim The Streets spokesperson James James says, “This protest is about who gets to use public space, and who gets a say in what a liveable city is.”
“The Lockout laws are another clear example of the NSW government putting their mates and donors ahead of sound policy.
“The Lockout Laws are a draconian measure enacted during a manufactured moral panic.”
Mr James says the New South Wales government is punishing “young people, musicians and DJs, and are funneling patrons out of areas marked for property development and into The Star [casino]”.
“The city should be more than just an investment portfolio for the super-rich, it’s our home too and we believe our Sydney should be affordable, open and supportive of everyone who works, lives or plays here,” he says.
Catch the music lineup for today’s Reclaim The Streets rally below, and for more information head to the Facebook event page, or tag along at 2pm and find a Reclaim The Streets team member in a fluorescent vest.
Watch: Reclaim The Streets 12th December Rally Promo
Reclaim The Streets (Sydney Rally December 2016)
Saturday, 12th December 2016
Begins In Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown (2pm)
Reclaim The Streets (Sydney Rally 12th December 2016) Lineup By Stage
DaySnatcha Memorial – Performed by Grounded and Friends
The Funnel Web Debate
Boogertron Sound System:
Acid MIDI Velorution:
ft. Chambles and Friends
Sydney Hardcore Network:
Geoff da chef
Syd Def Jam:
Chaos 13″ ipod dock:
Cornelius Fudge and the Daily Profits
The Roots Odyssey: