- Live entertainment will be carefully defined to include events where one or more entertainers are engaged to perform music (live or pre-recorded) or live performance
where performers are present.
- Venues seeking later lockout times will need to run substantial live entertainment including after midnight and demonstrate a genuine focus on art, live performance and cultural events.
- Other factors that will be considered include music and copyright licensing through APRA AMCOS, tickets for events, involvement in festivals and previous operating history.
From an interview published by the ABC, the Live Music Office’s policy director John Wardle said he had received a lot of support from the music sector following Thursday’s announcement.
“This is a recognition that there have been impacts on jobs and opportunities in venues,” Mr Wardle said. “I think it’s a constructive move in what isn’t an easy policy space — you’ve got strong arguments from either side around this issue. “It’s a win for the live music office.”
While Mr Wardle said he would have ideally liked the lockout to be removed altogether, even if the 3:00am last drinks was retained, the extra half hour would still make a difference to venues. “Venues that previously presented two separate shows, an early show and a late show, were, by the timing of the lockouts restricted further in their presentation,” he said.