My favourite part about this job, is making sure that innovative ideas, movements, and important thoughts and feelings are never far from the backs of people’s minds.
What am I here to talk about today? Underage music venues, or more accurately the lack of underage music venues in Newcastle (again).
There’s been a lot of chatter about the music industry over the past few months and with the re-election of the anti-bae of the music industry Gladys Berejiklian what better time to throw another two cents in?
See, because Gladys’ main concern is regarding the safety of music festivals and the conduct of those who attend said festivals. She’s not woke enough to even take a red hot minute to listen to anything that even resembles a whisper about pill testing but maybe she will listen about underage venues.
If she really is all about supporting the industry and creating a safe and happy environment for each and every punter, why not start early?
Why not pour some of those closely guarded funds into creating a safe space. Some could call it a grass roots approach to music culture.
I can most definitely admit that some music festival goers are treating the festival season like schoolies (not that there’s really anything wrong with that). But maybe we’d all know how to attend a music festival if we didn’t wait until we were 18 to do so.
Or better yet, maybe if we understood what it meant to go to a gig before we were let loose on the world that might be a really great start.
If you work on fostering a safe environment from the get-go, that culture is always going to filter down into every other experience you have at a music festival or concert.
But where to have these experiences is a good question. There is no quote un quote dedicated underage music venue in Newcastle and seriously though, why is that?
We have the space, we have the time, and probably the money to cover it so why haven’t we done anything about it?
And when I say “we” I’m obviously talking about the powers that be here. So many amazing local heroes have bent over backwards to provide our awesome little community with underage music venues but lack of funding, security and support have always let them down.
If Gladys bae ever gets tired of whining about music festivals and thinks about the problem laterally, maybe Newcastle can score some much needed funds to really promote some grass roots stuff and provide our underage friends with a place to see their favourite bands in a safe and secure environment. Just a thought I guess?