More than 30 venues can now offer a wider range of live entertainment following the NSW Government’s decision to abolish outdated and unnecessary liquor licence conditions.
Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the removal of archaic restrictions since May 2019 supported a vibrant and diverse nightlife and would help live music thrive.
“Many of these liquor licence conditions were imposed decades ago in another era, but serve no purpose at all today,” Dominello said.
“Some of the greatest bands of all time started their careers in NSW including AC/DC and Midnight Oil. This is another boost for the state’s night time economy, following the introduction of the new lockout laws last month.”
Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said abolition of the liquor licence conditions was another step in opening Sydney up as a 24-hour economy.
“The changes mean some venues can now host gigs for the first time in many years, while others can offer a broader range of music styles. It’s great news for both fans and performers of live music.”
Liquor & Gaming NSW last year offered a special assessment service that waived the usual $110 application fee and used a streamlined process for faster outcomes.
Local police, councils and nearby residents were invited to comment on the proposals to remove or vary conditions. In many cases, restrictive or unnecessary conditions were included in development consents imposed by local councils.
Venues may also have nominated particular types of entertainment when first applying for a liquor licence, and these were listed as conditions ever since.
Venues can apply to Liquor & Gaming NSW at any time to have live entertainment liquor licence conditions removed. An exposure bill which proposes the removal of further restrictions on live music will be made available for consultation later this month.
Below is the list of venues, together with the wording that has been removed from each venue’s liquor licence conditions :
Bath Arms Hotel, Burwood: Live entertainment is not to be provided on the premises.
Bazz’s Whine Bar, Windsor: No live entertainment, including DJs and live bands, is permitted on the premises.
Berry Bowling Club: There is to be no music until such time as the club lodges an acoustical engineer’s report which certifies that the condition marked can be complied with. The functions may proceed but are subject to with the condition.
Bennett Hotel, Hamilton: No live entertainment is to be provided on the premises.
Bexley North Hotel: No rock bands to be engaged after 1 August 1982.
Cambridge Hotel, Parkes: Entertainment may be provided in the beer garden of the premises between the hours of 12pm and 9pm. The entertainment provided is to be restricted to solo or duo acts and to acoustic guitars with or without an amplifier and microphone.
Cheese & Wine Co, Neutral Bay : No live entertainment is performed within the premises and that no music (amplified or otherwise) played within the premises is heard at the boundary of the closest residential premises.
Civic Hotel, Sydney: Entertainment by way of Rock & Roll Bands to cease forthwith and not to resume until licensee satisfies Board the hotel can meet noise conditions attached to the Entertainment Authorisation.
Coast Hotel, Budgewoi: Only duos or trios are to provide any musical entertainment on the premises and no amplification of the drums or bass guitar is permitted. There is to be no amplified entertainment other than the jukebox.
Commercial Hotel, Lake Cargelligo: No regular entertainment is to be held from 5 November 1997. If entertainment is to be held for a special function, the OIC Lake Cargelligo Police is to be notified 14 days prior to the function.
Criterion Hotel, Sydney: No live or amplified entertainment is to occur on premises.
Croydon Lane, Cronulla: No live music including bands, DJ’s and/or karaoke.
Five Dock Hotel, Five Dock: No live music is permitted between 12.00 midnight and close.
Forresters Hotel, Surry Hills: There is to be no disco conducted on the first and second floors of the hotel.
General Bourke Hotel, Parramatta: No amplified music within the beer gardens.
Merimbula RSL Club: No rock bands are to perform in the premises.
Northies – Cronulla Hotel: The type of performers be restricted to soloists, duos and trios, and low background music and TV screens, and that there should be no live rock bands.
Ocean View Hotel, Urunga: At all times when live amplified music is conducted at the hotel, the licensee must ensure that at least one security guard is employed, whose duties must include patrols of the vicinity of the hotel to ensure patrons do not loiter or linger or leave rubbish in the vicinity of the hotel. *Live amplified music refers to any form of live band, DJ entertainment.
Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel, Moruya: No live amplified entertainment is to be provided (bands), unless strict compliance with condition 200 is possible and maintained. Both live entertainment (if permitted) and the operation of the disco system is to be controlled to a maximum level through the use of a calibrated sound level meter in strict compliance with condition 200 and the specifications set down by the acoustical consultant.
Orange Grove Hotel, Leichhardt: Bands to play only on Monday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Oxford Tavern Hotel, Petersham: All live entertainment is to cease at 11:30 pm.
Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay: Entertainment in the beer garden is to cease at 11:30pm.
Royal Hotel, Bowral: No rock bands are to perform in the premises.
Ryedales Tavern, West Ryde: Entertainment is to be provided for two performances of not less than 45 minutes duration, one before and one after 12 midnight. Dance music is to be provided at other times.
Sea Breeze Hotel, Nelson Bay: The Hotel shall only provide entertainment in the Nelson Room and in the Garden Bar and all entertainment in the Nelson Room and provided on the premises shall cease at 11.30pm.
Settlers Inn Hotel, Port Macquarie: No rock bands are to perform in the premises.
Three Swallows Hotel, Bankstown: Entertainment to be provided in the form of two- floor shows nightly, one before and one after 12:00 midnight.
Toukley RSL Sub-Branch Club: The club is not to engage ‘hard rock’ or large bands or excessively noisy bands, groups or entertainment. Live bands are to be limited to the old-time dance band on Friday night and modern type music, 50/50 and dance functions on Saturday nights and the Sunday evenings of long or holiday weekends.
Victoria Hotel, Moonan Flat: No amplified music is to be played in the front beer garden area of the hotel adjacent to the complainant’s residence.
Yagoona Tavern, Yagoona: No rock bands are to be employed at the hotel. Nothing more than two light instruments are to be used, that is instruments which are consistent with compliance with Condition (a) of the Entertainment Authorisation. Any amplification used will have a switch to take out the bass sound.
Wooli Hotel-Motel, Wooli: Amplified entertainment may only be conducted in the beer garden between the hours of 1pm and 8pm.
Wyong Rugby League Club: The club shall not engage rock bands of any type or bands which play rock music other than on six occasions during the year, on which occasions, advertisements will be displayed to inform local residents.
Pictured main: Rise ‘n Brine 2019 at The Oxford Tavern