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Rally demands pill testing

By Laura Neill The pill-testing debate ignited at Town Hall last Saturday as hundreds of pro-testing campaigners rallied to force the issue on the government’s election agenda, just one week after the recent drug-related fatality of 19-year-old Alex King. Hundreds of protesters brandishing signs and banners gathered outside Sydney Town Hall to protest the NSW […]

Labor promises to revive live music

by Sarah McLenaghan The recommendations from the parliamentary inquiry into the music and arts economy in NSW promises a revival of the struggling sector. Since the release of the inquiry’s final report, NSW Labor has committed to implementing a number of its key findings. Keep Sydney Open coordinator, Tyson Koh, was among industry representatives who […]

Mardi Gras rolls lockout

BY JADE MORELLINI To mark the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras on the evening of Saturday March 3rd, State Premier Gladys Berejiklian has agreed to relax lockout laws along Oxford Street. Councillor Christine Forster was instrumental in seeing the lockout laws relaxed and believes that reducing lockout will have an enormous positive impact on the […]

Sydney’s last gasp nightlife

BY JOSH KINDL The City of Sydney has awarded a number of Sydney businesses grants worth a total of $360,000. Eighteen businesses will benefit from the grants, which have been awarded by The City in an effort to boost Sydney’s nightlife activity, as the controversial Lockout Laws continue to stymie inner-city trading. Artist and manager […]

City turns up the volume

BY ALEX EUGENE New businesses, including residential developments, will be responsible for planning modifications to assist with noise management, if a proposed ‘Agent of Change’ regulation is accepted by City of Sydney Council. A recommendation will be made for the council to add the regulation to the City’s Night Time Economy policy at its next […]

Locals cross with bloody banner

BY ALEX EUGENE Local campaign group Keep Sydney Open brought thousands of partygoers out on the streets of Kings Cross last week. A music festival aptly titled "Meet Me In the Cross" featured a slew of Australian live acts supporting the push against lockout laws, and hundreds of punters proudly sported white T-shirts with the […]

Lockout laws loosened on select Sydney venues

BY CHARLI SHIELD Sydneysiders tired of having their nightlife curtailed by the 2014 lockout laws have marked a small victory thanks to the half hour extension granted to select venues in the city’s centre. Sydney’s Burdekin Hotel is the most recent venue to confirm an exemption from the controversial lockouts since the Baird Government’s relaxation […]


In case you haven’t noticed, amongst the furore created with the ‘Keep Sydney Open’ campaign, a small but vocal opposition group ‘Keep Sydney Closed’, has recently emerged. Originally branded a satire and a pisstake, if you believe the spiel on their Facebook page, they are seriously legit! Their message is very much one about maintaining […]

Make Sydney Late Again

BY CHARLOTTE GRIEVE On Sunday October 9, Sydneysiders of all ages gathered in Belmore Park with signs such as “Not My Baird Time” and “Make Sydney Late Again.” The protest was the second of its kind attracting up to 10,000 people who marched along Oxford Street protesting the CBD lock out laws and associated effects. […]

Finding common ground with government will be key to repealing lockout laws

BY LUCAS BAIRD A radical restructure of Sydney’s nightlife is required to solve the issue of lockout laws, according to a Keep Sydney Open organiser. Tyson Koh of the Keep Sydney Open movement has slammed the government’s current plans around Sydney’s nightlife as preparation for the lockout laws roundtable has begun. The roundtable, which is […]