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Skateparks are great but what about underage live music spaces?

How about building a space that caters to a wide range of kids and teens, not just those who are choosing to pick up a board and cut sick on the weekend.

For those old enough (or young at heart enough) to remember, Newcastle used to have a place called The Loft. It was a place that was built for the kids. It was a safe place, a perfect space for the youths of Newcastle to hang out, but hang out with a with a purpose ya know? The council poured money into classes, workshops, organised events, you name it, the Loft had it. But funding is as funding does and the loft closed down back in 2013 and there hasn’t really been a space created to fill the void, and it’s 2018…

Skateparks

One thing we do keep pouring money into is new skateparks. So, I guess that’s something. And the new Skatepark just near Newcastle Beach is meant to be a screamer (although don’t worry I’m sure everyone will find some way shape or form to complain about it) but what about other spaces? Like… live music spaces? Underage live music spaces to be specific.

Underage music venues

We did have Hombre once upon a time which was then turned into Drone but funding (amongst other issues) closed that venue down too. We did have the Commons but the man shut that down and I can barely even talk about it without throwing my computer out the window because what a joke that was.

Will someone think of (all) the children?

How about building a space that caters to a wide range of kids and teens, not just those who are choosing to pick up a board and cut sick on the weekend. Live music, in safe, wonderful spaces is important for young people? It would actually go a long way to encourage the spark in the community again, starting with those who need it most.

Newcastle is going through a lot of changes at the moment and we’re all a little nervous and confused about the type of town we’re going to be rolling into when all is said and done.  We’ve catered for most of us, by most of us I mean those that can afford the new high-rise apartments will be pretty well set up with all the new (expensive) bars and great (ambient noise only) music venues spread around the neighbourhood, but will someone think of the children?

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.

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  1. Drone, that was where the youth live scene was headed. Of this demo, all those at Tighes Hill TAFE in the music department absolutely raved about it but it was not supported by those with the ability to

  2. Drone, that was where the youth live scene was headed. Usually when you have a venue like this, others will sprout up too, it is what helps build a section of the “music industry”.

    Of this demo, all those at Tighes Hill TAFE in the music departments absolutely raved about Drone but it was not given adequate support.

    Maybe because it got in the way of property developers? Drone sat on what is now quite prime property in this city, with the few empty lots around that venue, I will not be surprised that it all gets turned into apartments (short-term $$$$ is given bigger priority that negates long-term cultural heritage) – and yet again – youth have less chance of not only finding another venue, but a venue that does not get bullied out due to noise rules or any rule really – the music scene in Newcastle is the archtypical schoolkid getting bullied everyday and oppresses their ability to open a narrative of story sharing in this city. There needs to be a campaign among the middle-class power players of Newcastle to identify to them that this is rather quite important, because like automation, if you do not act now and in the best interests of the music industry, there will be a time when it is too late to do anything and musicians in the Hunter will give up and a braindrain will ensue, if it hasn’t already.

    Newcastle Live Music Task Force, please take note!!!!!

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