Anger as QLD government loses support from music arts communities
The Queensland music industry is no longer hiding its anger at the Queensland State Government.
On Thursday last week, John Collins – director of The Triffid and Fortitude Music Hall – said it was hard to say how angry he was at the devastation wrought on his businesses and the wider arts community at the following summary restrictions imposed by the Palasczuk government without notice. Thursday.
Not only have entertainment businesses been effectively locked down – again – causing “hardship and mental anguish,” the double standard in light of the go-ahead for the NRL grand finale seems like a tipping point for many. “This government is prepared to take a risk for football,” he said in his heartfelt social media post, which has drawn support from many influential names in Australian music.
“The government doesn’t seem to care. They don’t value [us]. The music industry and concert halls have been going through hell for the past 19 months … aside from financial difficulties, mental angst is really taking its toll. “
It is time for this government to know that it has lost the support of the music and artistic community.
Stu McCullough, owner of Amplifire which manages artists such as The Jungle Giants and Confidence Man, went further: fringe downtown seats. “
“In fact, they don’t give a damn about anything other than getting re-elected. So many people have tried to appeal to this government, me and you and many others included, on the need to help the arts industry and music and we’re obviously being screwed. “
Government restrictions also canceled the long-awaited reopening of The Princess Theater in Woolloongabba. The decades-dormant theater was set to explode again in Brisbane’s cultural landscape on Friday night, 24 hours after the government’s announcement. The owners, Steve and Dave Sleswick, felt they had no choice but to keep the lights dimmed until patrons were allowed to dance again.
So many people have tried to appeal to this government about the need to help the arts and music industry and we are being screwed up.
Queensland today reported two new cases of community-transmitted COVID. Of them. Both cases are children and are family contacts of a man in the aviation cluster. The cases were detected in home quarantine. And for statistics of this magnitude, the entertainment industry in South East Queensland is pulverized.
This lack of community transmission indicates that the NRL Grand Final will take place tomorrow in Brisbane with 25% reduced capacity, leaving 40,000 people stuck in a cement box, mingling, screaming and screaming for two hours. Collins’ post, including the reference to that despicable double standard reading,
The reduced capacity which also requires clients to be seated means we had to cancel all of our events for the next two weeks. In reality, these restrictions are the same as a foreclosure for the music industry but without the financial support offered during a foreclosure. The music industry and concert halls have been through hell in the past 19 months – with an average capacity of less than 30%. Besides financial hardship, mental angst really takes its toll.
The huge disparities between football and live music are obvious, but our government doesn’t seem to care. They don’t value him. We have had previous blockages with fewer community cases, but this government is willing to take a risk for football – again – while restricting concert halls to unsustainable terms. When will they understand what this does to our industry? It doesn’t seem fair to me.
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