The Null Device
Quiet: Rich people sleeping
Some bad news for live music in Melbourne. The Empress Hotel has been
forced by Victoria's noise-complaint laws and the encroachment of yuppie
apartments to cancel performances by bands who "cannot meet the stringent
requirements demanded by the current liquor laws". Which presumably means
they'll still have folkies with acoustic guitars (which is just what we need
more of, isn't it?) but no actual bands with amplifiers and stuff. At least until they
go out of business and get bought up by a pokie franchise or a real-estate developer.
I hope the people who moved to North Fitzroy for the vibrant culture, got sick of it and decided to turn the inner city into Nunawading or somewhere are pleased with what they've done. Cunts.
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