Music festival organisers hold ‘crisis’ talks on NSW licensing regime

More than 30 festival organisers met at NSW parliament to discuss the government’s proposed licensing regime which they say should be scrapped.

Among the organisers were those behind the cancelled Psyfari and Mountain Sounds music festivals.

“This meeting is a chance for our voices to be heard and added to the many voices calling for the licensing scheme to be scrapped, and a more thoughtful approach be taken in creating event rules and guidelines,” Steve Demian from Psyfari told AAP in a statement.

“The new event licensing scheme has been created with little involvement from people in the festival industry. [It] almost comes across as a form of punishment for events which don’t sit right with certain authorities.”

Almost 33,800 people have signed a petition letter that warns “music lovers, your music is under attack” from Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s new licensing system which is due to start in March.

“Overbearing regulation, exorbitant police bills, a lack of respect for NSW businesses, and very little recognition of the significant positive impacts of music on our communities is forcing music out of NSW,” the open letter stated.