Updated: May 29, 2019

Sydney's live music scene has been badly impacted by a series of government initiatives over the last decade, most recently, highly controversial "lock-out" laws. This half-day seminar event presents various perspectives on re-developing Sydney's live music culture. Keynote speaker Tyson Koh, founder of the Keep Sydney Live Party that contested the 2019 NSW state elections, will provide an overview of the issues that inspired the party and other speakers will examine aspects of Sydney's live scene and will compare and contrast it to the situations in Melbourne, Brisbane and regional areas. Discussion time will be structured in and lively participation will be welcome.

Free admission (with RSVP) - and refreshments will be served

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Keynote speaker - Tyson Koh (founder of Keep Sydney Open Party and former producer on ABC's Rage)


Cary Bennett (University of New England)

David Cashman (Wisetech Global)

Martin Cloonan (Turku University)

Rosa Coyle-Hayward (Melbourne Live Music Census & Wantok Foundation)

Lachlan Goold (JMC Brisbane)

Date: Wednesday 3rd July

Time: 4pm-8.30pm

Venue: University of Technology, Building CB10 - Ground Floor Room 410

Entrance opposite Cornerstone Café (see map)

with Dr Catherine Strong – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Friday March 22nd, 5.30-7pm

University of Technology Building CB10 – Room 2.410 [via entry on Jones Street, opposite Cornerstone Café – just walk through the main entrance and it’s the seminar room at the far end of the open space in front of you]

Recent activism around sexual violence in the music industry raises questions about the extent to which such behaviours have always been part of popular music, and how the way histories of this music have been written has ignored, excused or even valorised such misdeeds. This occurs in a context where the history of popular music is overwhelmingly written by, and about, men. When viewed through a feminist framework that foregrounds women’s experiences and perspectives, many normalised behaviours in the history of rock – indeed, the entire ‘sex, drugs and rock and roll’ mythos – take on a much more sinister edge. This paper considers how we should discuss such behaviours in talking about the history of popular music. It examines what is written about rock musicians with a documented history of violence against women, using Axl Rose and XXXTentacion as specific examples, with a view to starting this project of reframing what is said about musicians’ treatment of women. It explores how the application of a feminist framework to the analysis of such works could form the basis for a reimagined history of popular music that interrogates where and how abuse may have taken place in the past, and works towards making the spaces of popular music safer in the future.

Catherine will talk for approximately 45 minutes followed by a discussion session chaired by Liz Giuffre.

Join us as we discuss the current climate of the Live Music scene in Sydney and NSW, followed by drinks and some live music.

WHEN: July 3rd

WHERE: University of Technology, Sydney


• Martin Cloonan from the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, who has researched and advised on Australian live music policy

• Lachlan Goold from JMC Academy Brisbane, who has researched on Brisbane's live music scene

• Rosa-Coyle Hayward, from Wantok Music Melbourne, co-author of Melbourne's recent live music census project and report

• Liz Giuffre, from UTS, researcher in various aspects of popular music culture

• Cary Bennett, from University of New England, who has researched Armidale's live music scene

+ others speakers tba