Jimmy Barnes supports protest against NSW Lockout laws


Rocker Jimmy Barnes has lent his support to a protest against the NSW controversial lockout laws saying are not working. He is supporting a rally in Sydney featuring fellow music heavyweights Urthboy, One Day and The Jezabels’ singer Hayley Mary.

‘I made a career playing in live venues in Sydney. I learnt my craft playing in those venues,’ the Cold Chisel frontman said in a video for the Keep Sydney Open group.

Barnes quoted figures in a statement saying that attendance at live-music venues had dropped 40 per cent since the lockout laws were introduced.

‘The lockout laws aren’t working. We’ve got to help keep music alive and keep Sydney alive. Let’s find a better way to do it,’ Barnes said.

Current legislation requires all central Sydney venues to close their doors to new patrons from 1.30am, to serve last drinks by 3am and ban the sale of `take-away’ alcohol after 10pm.

The law’s opponents say that the city’s nightlife is being killed off, with venues being forced to close and hundreds of jobs disappearing.

The rally planned at Belmore Park in Sydney on Sunday 09/10/16, is expecting thousands to turn up to protest against the laws.

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