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It's here! The first weekend since the lockouts were lifted ? If there was ever a time to get out there and dance like your life depended on it, it's now.

We've seen how vulnerable Sydney's night time culture is to political pressure and while the lifting of these laws for the CBD is great news, it's only a first tenuous step. The only way to make sure the live music industry can withstand future challenges is to make gig-going fundamental to the city's identity, so fundamental that a return to something like the lockouts would be bonkers. 

So how do we do that? Show up. On the reg.

It means changing dinner party plans to “let's go get sweaty to some guitars at the Chippo” plans. It means shutting the laptop cos Queer Eye will still be streaming in the morning, and heading out to dance our faces off all night at OAF or Freda's or at a "venue TBA". It means paying the cover charge, turning up for the support acts, buying merch, rallying a crew, grabbing dinner nearby. It might even mean starting a band or having a crack at putting on a club night why not!

Ultimately it means showing through our actions that a thriving live music scene in Sydney is non-negotiable.  

Check out the list below for some ideas and show the heck up this weekend! 


TYGAPAW from 7pm at Freda's

Bizarro Presents Jayda G from 10pm at Universal Sydney

Hot Girl Summer from 9pm at Oxford Art Factory

Athletica's 1st B'day from 10pm at Tokyo Sing Song

Obituary from 8pm at the Metro Theatre

Ruben Neeson from 8pm at Waywards

SAT 22

A Local Love Affair Bushfire Fundraiser from 2pm at Hermann's Bar

Tim Sweeney from 8pm at Harpoon Harry's

Last Chance To Dance from 11pm at Sly Fox

Private Function from 7:30pm at the Lansdowne

Alien Werkshop from 10pm at venue TBA

All-Star Reggae Vinyl Crew (bushfire fundraiser) from 9pm at Oxford Art Factory

SUN 23

NECTAR Presents Fire Relief from 2pm venue TBA