The Importance of Female Led Events in Changing the Status Quo for Women in the Music Industry

“It’s another man telling us we can’t fill up the room,” Camp Cope sing on their track “The  Opener”. For women in the music industry, this experience is all too common. Massive festivals like Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival consistently deliver male dominated lineups, and sexual harassment at these events has become a…

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Opinion: #meNOmore should be a wake up call to the daily presence of harassment & discrimination in our industry

This week, The Industry Observer unveiled an open letter signed by over 360 women calling out sexual harassment within the Australian music industry. Under the hashtag of meNOmore, the letter was quick to gain momentum online, as you’d expect. Artists, managers, journalists, radio hosts, lawyers, label employees, publicists and more signed the petition (myself included),…

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Sydney City Limits adds another Aussie festival to the summer calendar – what do you get for the ticket price?

This morning, the inaugural Sydney City Limits festival was announced for February 2018. Following in the footpaths of the iconic Austin City Limits two weekend long event that happens in Texas every year and more recently, the brand’s establishment in Auckland, the Australian event also signifies a confident step forward by the partnership of Secret Sounds and Live…

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A.B. Original are the first Indigenous act to win the Australian Music Prize, yet their talent remains vilified by those who need to listen the most

Last night at The Toff in Town in Melbourne, A.B. Original were crowned the winners of the 12th Australian Music Prize. Along with the $30,000 cash prize, their win with their debut album Reclaim Australia marked a significant moment in the Prize’s history: for the first time, the accolade had been taken by an Indigenous group. Briggs and Trials (Yorta…

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When ‘internal issues’ become public: Sticky Fingers and the issue of accountability

As we’ve seen this week, Sticky Fingers announced an ‘indefinite hiatus’ to follow their summer festival commitments, due to ‘internal issues’ within the band. Since that initial announcement, frontman Dylan Frost issued a statement addressing his battles with addiction and mental health issues. Undoubtedly, the ‘official’ comments were spurred on following singer Thelma Plum’s take to Facebook, detailing…

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