Oh yes, council have done it again. They’ve gone and shut down what was probably the only all ages live music venue running in Newcastle, making me scream once again, “let the kids play”. The issue has come directly from council, and in all honesty, boils down to red tape and paperwork.
The Commons was a community run space, built for community events. Savvy young guns and entrepreneurs were able to utilise that space to the best of their ability and host some really great all ages gigs there. A safe place, designed specifically for small scale events.
I really do wish there was more behind the council’s decision, however it’s unfortunately red tape and paperwork. You see the Commons is a community space available to be booked by artists, not a venue in the traditional sense. But the council say the commons can’t continue without a DA specific to venues.
What’s the point of having a community run space if it isn’t actually available to members of the community? So many amazing local and international artists have played at the Commons, it’s also one of my favourite venues in town. Like I said, it was also pretty much the only existing all ages venue in town.
Just like the Loft, the council have submerged the wonderful locals behind the running of the venue, as well as the up and coming booking agents and managers that were in fact running the events, in a sea of red tape, funds no one has, and paperwork.
Like a message from event organiser Caitlin says on the Commons Live Music and Arts page, we as Novocastrians will keep fighting the good fight.
Arts and music community forever, gentrification never.