Marrickville’s current live music industry is ‘booming’ and the lock out laws are to thank for it according to local bands and small music venue operators.
Since the introduction of The Sydney lockout by the Government of New South Wales in February 2014 with the objective to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, the Inner West suburb of Marrickville has slowly become a hot spot for younger and older music fans alike.
Jack Kinder of local Inner West band ‘Cosy Bossom’ believes that while the 1.30am lockouts and stricter live music licenses in pubs and clubs in the Sydney CBD entertainment precinct have been detrimental to Sydney culture and business,they have resulted in a new age for live music in the Marrickville area. “Three years ago, we couldn’t get a gig because no one would let us play our music in the city.” Said Kinder. “This movement in Marrickville has not just opened up our own opportunities but all musicians in Sydney”.
Since opening on Marrickville Road in 2014, the Gasoline Pony has recently become one of front runners of small music venues in Marrickville alongside Lazy Bones and The Red Rattler. Owned and operated by sister and brother, Fiona Cook and Elmo Reed, the Gasoline Pony offers live music six days a week to a large crowd. “We introduced live music to our venue in early 2014 to no success.”said Cook. “but now we’re receiving four to five emails and calls a day asking to play here.”.
Fiona believes that the popularity began following the closures and stricter noise restrictions on some of Sydney’s oldest and most popular venues. “people no longer feel the need to travel out into the city to see live music, simply because there isn’t any music to see.” said Fiona.
With plans to turn the industrial areas of neighbouring suburb Sydneham into a ‘Creative Hub’, both the members for Cosy Bossom and Fiona Cook believe that even if the lock outlaws are relaxed in the city, Marrickville and the surrounding area will continue to grow into one of the biggest locations for live music and recording in Australia. “This move could really revolutionise the future of Sydney, especially as the area is outside the lock out law borders and would allow a late-night music to as late as five in the morning.”said Jackson Stocks from Cosy Bossom.