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Music & Arts Scene Set to Mobilise

Tuesday 3rd March / presented by Em Burrows

The closure of popular music venues around Perth has woken the beast within the local music community. Deville’s Pad will join the large number of  live music venues closing around the city, alongside the Bakery set to close in May – and the Fly By Night soon.

Local Promoter Dave Cutbush has started a Facebook page – ‘Perth Needs More Live Music and Arts Venues’ – to gain both community and government support. The page has already raked up  2000 likes.

State Labor says its on board – saying it recognizes the ‘Importance of these venues to help create a vibrant city and to support local music and arts’ – unquote.

State Labor Planning Spokesperson Rita Saffioti joined Em Burrows to discuss this issue.

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Last week we got a shock that quickly shifted to a familiar sense of deja vu. The announcement of yet another local venue shutting its doors; Devilles Pad, which will close next month after nearly seven years in business.

It follows the announcements about the impending closures of the Fly By Night Musicians Club and the Bakery and a long history of much-loved venues shutting down.

Local promoter and Director of Life Is Noise Dave Cutbush immediately started a Facebook page called Perth needs more music and arts venues. It’s quickly got  two thousand “likes” and Breakfast’s Caitlin Nienaber spoke to him.

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The issue of live music and arts venues and their presence in Perth has taken hold recently.

The imminent closure of popular venues such as the Bakery and Deville’s Pad has sparked a campaign, which led to an inaugural action meeting.

Many politicians, musicians and others involved with Perth’s culture and arts have chimed in on the debate, raising important points and moving the campaign forwards.

WAM CEO Mike Harris here to give his perspective on music venues and performance spaces…

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Photo courtesy of Dan Grant.

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