Aussie police to combat illicit drugs via presence of drug dogs at A&B Sydney show

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New South Wales (NSW) police will implement a tight admission policy to combat illict drug use at Above & Beyond’s Common Ground show, scheduled for June 9 at Sydney Olympic Park’s Exhibition Halls at Sydney Showground.

In a post recently published to the force’s official Facebook page, NSW police notified attendees that drug detection dogs will be present at the venue to patrol the grounds for traces of prohibited drugs. The message warns ticket holders that the drug dogs will be able to smell drugs carried on an intended user, as well as the illicit remnants on “someone who has recently had drugs on them.” The post proclaims that “If a dog makes an indication,” the given attendee “will be denied entry.”

“These dance parties can be a dangerous environment, particularly when alcohol and illegal drugs are involved. We all know there is no quality control in the production of illicit drugs and you are putting your life at risk,” South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said of the safety measure.

Skrillex rejoins festival circuit, appears on Listen Out’s 2018 lineup alongside A$AP Rocky, KLLO, and more

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Australia’s Listen Out lineup bears a name that festival goers haven’t seen on a lineup for quite some time now.

Electronic veteran Skrillex tops the touring festival’s 2018 lineup, scheduled to make four stops in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney in September. Petit Biscuit, A$AP Rocky, KLLO, Fisher, and more join the event’s diverse yet hip-hop leaning lineup.

Tickets to Listen Out are on sale now and can be purchased, here.

Listen Out Dates:

22/9 – Melbourne

23/9 – Perth

29/9 – Sydney

30/9 – Brisbane

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Photo Credit: AMF.COOL

H/T: Mixmag

This vintage rave footage from Sydney is absolutely mental

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Raves in the 90’s were off the wall.

Absolute madness regularly ensued among those in attendance, and now it looks like we’ve got some proof. A 50-minute video from the Sydney Rave History Website has surfaced and the old school “2036 Rave” at Alexandria’s Graffiti Hall of Fame dating back from 1996. It’s hardcore proof that upped production, stricter restrictions, and police crackdowns on venue allowances over the years have allotted fewer occurrences of such events, which is undeniably a crying shame.

Alison Wonderland helps women propose at Australian show in honor of gay marriage

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Australia joined the ranks of 25 other countries to officially legalize gay marriage on December 7, causing a wave of celebration over a legal battle that has been drawn out in the country for 13 years.

Alison Wonderland was on tour in home country at the height of festivities surrounding this development, and thus decided to use her gig in Sydney to show her support in an emotive fashion. The songstress assisted a woman in making her proposal unforgettable bringing the happy couple on stage and later giving them a shout-out on Twitter while expressing pride in her country.

The battle for marriage rights began in 2004, when the parliament amended the Marriage Act to ban the institution for gays. Since then, an overwhelming display of support for the return of their rights led to a new vote that officiated gay marriage as a legal right.


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Sydney’s getting an insane new warehouse venue as a part of ‘The Warehouse Collective’ music series

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Time to head down under, as Sydney, Australia is set to welcome a vast new warehouse space.

Set to open in Technology Park, the venue is part of an upcoming music series entitled The Warehouse Collective, a project created by the Sydney-based event organization The Division Agency, the mastermind behind events like Days Like This festival and the Goodbar events.

The new space comes on the heels of a questionable future for Sydney’s nightlife. Introduced in 2014, the city’s infamous lockout laws forced a 1:30 a.m. lockout at all clubs and 3 a.m. cease-service policy for all nightclubs and bars in central Sydney and the Kings Cross precinct.

Numerous lockout-law opposition groups have propped up in the city over the last three years, with artists following in their footsteps, offering their support. Nightlife regulators, ones like the Division Agency, still manage to further the musical endeavors in a city. They’re calling The Warehouse Collective “a warehouse experience on a scale never before seen in Sydney”.

And while the group is an innovator of all things house and techno, their new warehouse space will surely see out a series of huge lineups, pristine sound and lighting, and serve up unforgettable experiences.

The first of the events will take place Dec. 16 and will be headlined by the legendary Australian duo The Presets, featuring a formidable cast of support acts including Bag Raiders (live), Kilter, Nyxen, and LUCY CLICHE (live).

Tickets and more information are available here.




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Listen to Flight Facilities’ Samsung S8 x Boiler Room Sydney DJ Set

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Few duos in the world of dance music have amassed as loyal and global of a following as Australian supergroup Flight Facilities. Known for their enchanting brand of nu-disco and deep house, they’ve created an unmistakable trademark style and sound. This year the twosome formerly known as Hugo and Jimmy made their Boiler Room debuted in their native Australia to a packed out crowd in Sydney. Flight Facilities showcased their immense musical prowess throughout the nearly two-hour performance, filling the intimate setting with a quirky and euphoric blend of music that communicated their aesthetic.

Boiler Room has long established itself as one of the most cutting-edge events in dance culture and this performance from Flight Facilities perfectly sums up what listeners can expect from this iconic brand. Watch the video from Flight Facilities’ performance in Sydney on Boiler Room’s Youtube Channel.



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Sydney proposes set of reforms to protect beleaguered nightlife

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Sydney’s notorious lockout laws have had quite a damaging impact on the city’s once flourishing nightlife. Introduced in 2014, the laws force a 1:30 a.m. lockout and 3 a.m. cease-service policy for all nightclubs and bars in central Sydney and the Kings Cross precinct. These laws have been widely criticized by Australians, including esteemed producer Flume, who went on to release a track as a form of protest.

The mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, has since decided that the controversial laws are in desperate need of reform. “Unfortunately, the lockouts have had a serious impact on Sydney’s cultural life, businesses and our reputation overseas — and while areas like Kings Cross are safer, we know the balance isn’t right yet in terms of Sydney’s nightlife.”

The reforms will aim to adopt the agent of change principle for residential establishments within 100 metres of a music venue. This rule will shift the onus of soundproofing new installations from club owners to residential developers, and aims to protect the interests of the many nightclubs and live music venues in Sydney.


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Drug-testing kits to be handed out at Sydney music festivals

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A large influx of drug-related deaths in Australia — coupled with the government’s staunch prohibitionist approach to illicit substances — has led the grassroots activism movement Just One Life, along with other figures in the Australian medical field, to take matters into their own hands.

At the start of festival season, volunteers for the organization will begin providing free drug-testing kits to festival attendees in order help them get a closer look of what exactly they’re putting in their bodies. The idea was inspired by an initiative put out in February by the Australian Drug Law Reform foundation president Dr. Alex Wodak and his associate Dr. David Caldicott to begin implementing high-quality testing facilities on festival grounds.

Their original idea was stifled quickly by the government, however, which continued to press threats of prosecution on anyone associated with the preparation and installment of such facilities. Thus, they opted to pair with Just One Life to ensure their initiative would move forward anyhow, albeit in a less effective manner than originally planned.

Dr. Caldicott voiced his disappointment over the city’s refusal to listen to the scientific community on this issue: “It is disappointing. There is a far better way we could do this. But they (the government) have ignored the evidence and expertise available to them.”

H/T: Mixmag

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Flume releases new track in protest of Sydney lockout laws

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Since being instituted in early 2014, the Sydney lockout laws have remained controversial, and met almost unanimous derision from Australian artists, promoters, and concert-goers alike. The Keep Sydney Open campaign, which is hosting its second rally on October 9 to protest the lockout laws, has enlisted an as-of-yet unreleased track from Flume for a video advertising the rally.

The video, which features notable Sydney artists remarking on the importance of small, local venues, shows supporters installing plaques on the fronts of venues identifying their significance in the history of the local scene. The video is set to the tune of “Heater,” a track which many fans will recognize from the Skin announcement mini-mix, numerous live sets, and the upcoming Skin Companion EP.

Flume, a Sydney native and vocal opponent of the lockout laws, has released two albums which have topped the Australian record charts, carries no small amount of clout in his home country, and it will be interesting to see if the Keep Sydney Open campaign can achieve success with his support.

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