Lyrics by Christie Eliezer
Festival drama continues, new streaming service TikTok may be heading to Australia, and more!
Not up to date with all the recent happenings in the music industry? We don’t blame you. Here’s a roundup of all the biggest Australian music industry news from the past fortnight.
- The saga of splendors is not over
- Will new music service TikTok come to Australia or the US first?
- The Gold Sounds conference returns.
Keep up to date with the latest industry news here.
Will new music service TikTok come to Australia or the US first?
There’s been a lot of speculation about TikTok’s mysterious new music service.
A streaming service? A quasi-record label? The one granted in the United States allows users to “buy, play, share, download music, songs, albums, lyrics” as well as “stream live audio and video “.
However, it turns out the patent was first filed in Australia in November and then in the US in May.
Are we reading too much into it? Are the great kahunas of ByteDance, parent of TikTok, keeping the possibility of trying it out in Oz?
Waiting The music industry around the world unearthed an old US patent filed by Singapore-based TikTok Pte. Ltd in May 2018, and granted in January 2021, for a “method of downloading and using digital music content on a portable wireless computing device”.
The filing called the invention, Music Station, “a mature, reliable and practical solution that will allow users to easily acquire, listen to and manage music on portable computing devices wirelessly” and “has the promise to be truly transformative of the way people acquire and listen to digital music”.
Peat bog day
The saga of mud, late-night queues, congestion, limited food, and mobile reception at Splendor in the Grass isn’t over.
The Tweed Shire Council has compiled a report into the traffic chaos, which Mayor Chris Cherry describes as “dangerous”, and forwarded it to “a higher authority”.
She said in a statement: “I know there was a weather event, but it wasn’t such a big weather event.”
The mayor’s problem was that increasing the capacity of the flood site from 35,000 to 50,000 should never have been allowed and was ‘reckless’.
A road too far
The above element wasn’t the only issue the Secret Sounds promoter had with a tip.
Its new Harvest Rock festival in November in Adelaide takes place in Rymill and King Rodney parks. They are connected by Bartels Road, which is expected to be closed for two days.
Cue dark whispers from Adelaide City Council about its closure.
Before a vote, Jessica Ducrou of Secret Sounds addressed the council, saying the festival was in danger of being canceled without the road being closed.
She explained that they had spent “hundreds of thousands of dollars” preparing over the past 12 months and “financially committed five million dollars” to artists who they would have to pay even if the event were to be scrapped.
Despite this, councilors voted 8-2 against.
No problem, thought South African Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas, remembering how Harvest Rock is tipped to inject $10 million into the South African economy, and the 40% of the 20,000 to 25,000 expected each day, which should come from the intestate.
He rescinded the advice, reclassifying Harvest Rock as “a major event”. He gave the government the power to close the road for 72 hours.
Gold Sounds Conference Returns
Music Victoria is bringing back its Gold Sounds conference for a second year. It is held from October 13 to 16 on Djarra Country in the center of Castlemaine.
It “aims to bring Victoria’s regional and downtown music communities together and foster a more collaborative and cohesive industry overall”.
Programming covers music and identity, regional touring, festival programming, working in creative teams, music and activism, copyright and licensing, songwriters in conversation, subsidies and funding, and removing barriers.
Mojo’s Bar in Perth has fired a senior executive after she showed up as a spectator at sister venue Freo.Social and abused and pushed punk band Body Horrors singer Eden into the Green Room after their set.
Freo.Social took responsibility, sent an apology to Body Horrors (the group had filed a complaint with the police), updated its code of conduct and behind-the-scenes protocols, with additional training for staff and safety to perform.
A number of acts have supported the group, calling for a boycott of both sites unless changes are made to ensure more safety.
Who really resells on Viagogo?
Could this also be the case in Australia? A study by UK anti-scalping group FanFair Alliance found that less than 10% of tickets resold to UK outdoor festivals and events were by fans.
In fact, two-thirds of the 11,000 tickets from 174 events over a three-month period were sold by three ‘dealers’ for a combined total of £1.7million (A$2.9million) – nearly £1 million ($1.7 million) above face value.
Clubbing in Newcastle
Things are moving on the Newcastle scene. The General Roberts Hotel in New Lambton has asked to extend its business from midnight to 3 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 10 p.m. to midnight on Sunday.
A decision on Hotel Delany’s proposal to stay open until 2 a.m. six days a week and until midnight on Sundays has been postponed. Advisers have been made aware of a social media post telling clients it’s ‘time to get crushed’.
The petition to save one of the city’s best music venues, the Cambridge Hotel, has achieved its goal. She asks Linkcity not to turn it into student housing.
More initiatives for Sydney’s Night Time Industries Association
Led by new CEO Mick Gibb, Sydney’s Night Time Industries Association is working on a number of new initiatives.
The newly created Youth Under 30 Advisory Group will tell him what the nighttime experience should look like, and he’s started conversations between venues and residents about noise levels.
An action plan was developed from a NITA recovery brunch with 80 hospitality, entertainment and tourism executives to discuss how consumer behavior has changed post-Covid and growth of localism calls for new business models and strategies.