Sydney live music institution Oxford Art Factory is in jeopardy of falling victim to council red tape. The venue has recently sought to expand its classification and trading hours. It hopes to do away with the requirement for a trial period for late night trading (12am-6am) as well as allow for live entertainment during the day between 11am and 6pm.
It seems this has sparked local residents to complain about the supposed drunken and disorderly behaviour of patrons, blaming the ills of Oxford Street on the venue itself. A council meeting will now be called to review the two DAs sought and may even threaten the venue itself.
Don’t let another live music venue bite the dust. You might remember when The Hopetoun lost out to council regulations and shut its doors at the end of last year – however fortunately we’ve just seen Collingwood’s landmark venue The Tote reopen after having to shut its doors not long ago due to huge licensing costs. Local musicians and the city’s live music culture rely on the support of patrons visiting the venue but also by encouraging the Government to change legislation in order to help these venues survive.
So be vocal, spread the word and show your support. OAF is asking for you help.