Festival Hall - Statement from MV 23 Jan 2018
"Festival Hall is such an iconic and important venue to Melbourne and Victoria. It is versatile, and provides a unique offering of world class local and international live music, and other entertainment. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, and Kanye, and local heroes AC/DC, Courtney Barnett, and Angus and Julia Stone have all performed there.
Music Victoria urges the owners, and local and state government, to retain and protect this iconic live music venue.
The proposal comes at a time when all eyes are on Melbourne and Victoria as a world leader in live music. Melbourne has been recognised as a global music city, hosting the international Music Cities Convention – Melbourne in April. This is the first time this global music conference will be in the Southern Hemisphere. Some of the many reasons Melbourne was selected to host the Convention include: 1. that we have more live music venues per capita than anywhere in the world, 2. as a result of culturally sensitive planning regulations, and 3. the great relationship between State Government and the live music sector.
Victorians really love live music, with recent figures showing more people attending live music than the AFL. The Victorian Government has just, for the first time, made live music one of the 5 pillars of tourism (Visit Victoria).
Music Victoria last year published a Live Music 10 Point Plan, providing insight into Melbourne’s success as a great live music city, and recognising the great work and advocacy of other organisations such as SLAM, Fair Go 4 Live Music, and Music Victoria – the state’s peak body for contemporary music.
Music Victoria will continue to support live music venues, and work with local and State Government, and the music community, to protect the health and longevity of Victoria’s live music scene."
- Patrick Donovan – CEO, Music Victoria