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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 18, 2017


Just a couple of hours’ drive from the big smoke, where the trees are tall and the locals inviting, the idyllic township of Marysville is ready to bring together locals and visitors alike for its third annual Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend taking place from Friday 20 October – Sunday 22 October.

With winter out of the way, the award-winning festival – celebrating music, food, wine, and community – boasts an incredible line-up of over twenty-five local and internationally acclaimed artists, making it one of the biggest events on the local calendar and the perfect springtime escape for the broader community.

What was initially the idea of a local Marysville resident Peter Guest, the first Jazz and Blues Weekend event was established in 2015 with the help of the community. Since then the 2016 and 2017 events are organised by a small and dedicated hard working community committee assisted by local volunteers, which lead to the Murrindindi Shire and Victorian Government awarding the Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend “Best Community Event Of The Year” in 2015 and 2016.

From its humble beginnings the Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend, is now in its third year and is proud to present over twenty-five Jazz and Blues greats for the 2017 festival, including ARIA award-winner and Australian blues and roots legend Russell Morris who will open this year’s Festival on the Friday evening with music commencing from 7pm.

Joining Russell is festival favourite all-round Aussie blues heavyweight Geoff Achison & the Soul Diggers, who will have just returned from at US tour. The 2005 Australian Blues Music Festival and Male Artist of the Year and Cole Clark Guitar Ambassador to the world Lloyd Spiegel will return along with Mike Rudd and his every evolving and eclectic band Spectrum playing quirky material from the original Spectrum days, The Indelible Murtceps and Ariel.

Bringing the Jazz to Marysville will be The Tracey Roberts Quartet with their joyful, vibrant jazz-folk-funk, laced with dynamic and sophisticated lyrics, along with Anita Harris who has been described by Australian Jazz Scene as “One of those very rare vocal stylists who have a wide appeal to a range of age groups and jazz preferences in her audiences.”

Other highlights will be transcendent diva cabaret artiste, jazz singer Mama Alto, who draws upon legacies of vintage torch singers for sharing her sublime storytelling, Shirazz, Eva To Diva, Bo Jenkins and much more.

Situated in the foothills of the Yarra Valley and near to Melbourne’s closest Alpine Resort, is the beautiful township of Marysville. The town is just a 90min drive from Melbourne that takes visitors on a journey from Healesville through the majestic Black Spur. Marysville was originally established as a stopping point on the Yarra Track, the horse-drawn route to the Jordan goldfields in the Great Divide. After some time, cutters realised the potential of the region and so large timber mills were built, logging the giant trees. By 1920s, Marysville had become a tourist destination offering walking tracks to Steavenson Falls as well as scenic views of fern loaded gullies and tall trees. Many guesthouses became established at this time and Marysville became popular as a honeymoon destination.

marysvillelogoMarysville Jazz and Blues Weekend 2017
Friday 20 – Sunday 22 October
Russell Morris
Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers
Lloyd Spiegel
Mama Alto
The Tracey Roberts Quartet
Australian Hammond Quartet
Anita Harris
Billy Dettmer
Blind Creek Rhythm & Blues
Blue Like That
Blue Tango
Bo Jenkins
Charlie Bedford
Dandenong Ranges Hot Orchestra
Eva To Diva
Hey Gringo
Jackson Four
Justin Thomas
Justin Yapp
Line Matter
Patrick Evans
Rob Papp
Simon Levick and more!

4 stages.  3 days.
Workshops. Concerts. A Street Parade of Performers. Food. Wine.
Right in the middle of spring, in the heart of Marysville.

$125 – Three day Pass (unlimited access Friday – Sunday)
$100 – Two Day Pass (Unlimited access Saturday and Sunday)
*This ticket does not include Friday night
$75  – One Day Pass (Your choice of Saturday or Sunday only)
$50 – Friday Evening Pass (Friday night only, from 7pm)

Accommodation packages are available from Vibe Hotel Marysville, Saladin Lodge, Marysville Garden Cottages, Marysville Caravan and Holiday Park and Camp Marysville.

All tickets and accommodation packages available from

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 17, 2017


The 2017 Melbourne Guitar Show was great but we’d like to make it even better. If you attended this year, we’d appreciate your feedback. You will also go into the draw to win some fab BOSS pedals including the MO-2 Multi overdrive, BC-2 Combo Drive and TU-3 Chromatic Tuner.
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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 13, 2017

The Melbourne Guitar Show is done and dusted for another year. Thanks so much for everyone who came along. Here’s a little video highlights reel we put together. See you next year!

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 11, 2017


Live and Local, your free winter music festival runs from 19-26 August across the City of Port Phillip. One of the must see sessions for any artist this year is called the ‘Muso’s Guide for Living Lawfully’

As a preview to the session, the fine folks at Arts Law Centre of Australia have sent us this list of the top 3 things muso’s need to know before releasing your music.

Three Things Musicians Need to Know Before Releasing Their Music

1. Have Your Agreements in Place
Contracts and agreements might seem extremely boring and/or serious but they really are the best way to make sure you’re getting a good deal for yourself and to make sure you are protected in case anything goes wrong. We love when clients come to us with their agreements in writing because it means there will be clear ways we can help them enforce their rights and resolve the issue. Any working relationships you have with others around your music should be clear: band partnerships, recording studio arrangements, session musicians and distribution deals – get it all in writing!

2.Know your rights, who owns what?
Song writing can be a solo activity or a collaborative effort. In some writing partnerships it’s clear who writes the musical work who writes the lyrics. Alternatively, it may be that each person has made an equal contribution to the authorship of the particular musical work or lyrics so you want to allocate different percentages of ownership and shares of revenue. Before you release your music into the world make sure you know who owns what rights in each song to avoid difficult conversations later down the line…

3. Register with collecting societies to collect your royalties
Get to know how to make money from copyright licensing. Registering with collecting societies is crucial so you can get those royalties once your music is out in the world. APRA|AMCOS collect royalties for the performance, communication and some reproduction of musical works and lyrics and pays the copyright owners in accordance with the distribution polices of APRA|AMCOS. APRA|AMCOS also has relationships with international collecting societies so they collect royalties from the overseas use of the work of their members. PPCA provides licences covering the public performance of sound recordings and collects the licence fees from broadcasters and businesses publicly playing recorded music or music videos, and distributes the money to copyright holders. This is a revenue stream you do not want to miss out on, especially when your song is being played in every café in the country.

For more information on the ‘Muso’s Guide for Living Lawfully’ session click here

For the full festival line up, click here


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 31, 2017

They’re one of Australia’s favourite country rock bands and now The Wolfe Brothers have announced the first dates of what will be a year-long jaunt called Let’s Hit The Road – Australian Tour. Easily one of the hardest working bands on the circuit today, if they’re not touring, they’re writing and recording – in fact, they haven’t really stopped since they smashed onto the Australian scene back in 2012.

The band has recently been in Nashville writing songs for their next album. In fact, they only just arrived back in the country on the weekend and are already looking forward to a busy 12-months ahead recording their fourth album. “We will be doing a lot more of our own shows around the country,” says Tom. “We will also continue touring with Lee Kernaghan on his 25th anniversary tour, which has been such a huge success! We’re excited that it will now be extending into next year!”

The Nashville songwriting trip was a creative powerhouse. “The songwriting on this trip feels like we have stepped up another level,” says guitarist Brodie Rainbird. “We have spent so much time in Nashville over the last couple of years that it is our second home, and we feel very settled and relaxed there now. The past experience of writing the last album there has given us the confidence to approach these songwriting sessions with much more focus on what we want to achieve, in terms of a direction for the next album.”

Rightfully considered as one of the hottest live country bands in Australia, The Wolfe Brothers are renowned for their tight performances and affable approach. With the release of the first leg of their Let’s Hit The Road – Australian Tour for 2017, the second leg – slated for 2018 – will be announced in coming weeks. The band is looking forward to sharing some of their biggest hits – and new material – with fans on the road.

Lead singer Nick Wolfe says no night will be the same. “We are trying to evolve as a band,” he says. “We do not want to stay the same all the time, we want to grow and get better at what we do. Our goal is to achieve this on the new tour by giving the audience all the hit songs with some nostalgic covers but also share some new music with them before we release these songs on next album. It is always very satisfying to get the reaction of the hard-core fans to our new songs. We genuinely like to get them involved in the lead up to releasing a new album, and there is no better way to do that than to get the fan’s opinion of some new songs.”

The Wolfe Brothers most recent album This Crazy Life hit #2 on the ARIA country charts and has spawned three #1 singles, making it 10 singles in a row from the last 3 albums to hit the #1 spot on the country charts. The current radio release, a duet with Lee Kernaghan on his single Damn Good Mates, has also spawned airplay around the country.

The Wolfe Brothers Let’s Hit The Road – Australian Tour will roll-out around Australia until June 2018. The band’s as-yet-untitled new album will be released mid-2018.

Friday 1st September 2017 | 8pm
The Cinema, BURNIE TAS
The Wolfe Brothers, Brett Collidge & Straalen | Foster’s Music (03) 6431 5409

Saturday 2nd September 2017 | 8pm
Hotel Tasmania, LAUNCESTON TAS
The Wolfe Brothers & Straalen | Hotel Tasmania

Friday 15th September 2017 | 8pm
Racehorse Hotel, BOOVAL QLD
The Wolfe Brothers, Baylou & Straalen | (07) 3282 1222

Saturday 16th September 2017
Doomben Racecourse, BRISBANE QLD
The Country Music Race Day
The Wolfe Brothers, Troy Cassar-Daley & more

Sunday 17th September | 7pm
The Wolfe Brothers, Baylou & Straalen  | (07) 5572 2000

Saturday 23rd September | 8pm
Queenstown Memorial Hall, QUEENSTOWN TAS
The Wolfe Brothers & Straalen  |  7XS Office

Sunday 24th September 2017 | 2pm
Longley International Hotel, HOBART TAS
The Wolfe Brothers & Straalen | (03) 6239 6378

Saturday 30th September 2017

Saturday 4th November 2017
Melton Mowbray Rodeo, MELTON TAS
The Wolfe Brothers & rodeo

Friday 24th November 2017 | 8pm
The Wolfe Brothers & Baylou | (02) 9625 500

Saturday 25th November 2017
Country At The Camp, BRANXTON NSW
The Wolfe Brothers & Festival Line-up

For more information about The Wolfe Brothers concert dates on Lee Kernaghan’s Boys From The Bush 25th Anniversary Tour please visit

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 31, 2017


It seems that whatever Melbourne based singer-songwriter Alex Lahey sets her mind to, she can achieve. Alex announced herself to the world in 2016 with her debut EP ‘B-Grade University’. The EP saw the Melbourne singer songwriter catapulted into popularity with fans and critics alike. Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Rolling Stone, Sterogum all got on board as she scored spots on festival bills from SXSW to Splendour. Now in 2017, she is ready to release her debut full length album, I Love You Like A Brother, and with it, the first single, Every Day’s The Weekend (see video below).

Lahey sees her life as ordinary: “I fall in love, I have a family, I go out with my friends, I like to have a drink.” However, most people can’t distil those universal experiences into wry, punchy indie-rock songs – three-minute odes to millennial angst and all the complicated feelings that come with it. Alex Lahey can. ‘Love You Like A Brother’ is proof.

The video for Every Day’s The Weekend, created by Alex’s long-time collaborator, Jam Nawaz, (Remi, Bec Sandridge) and renowned local artist Callum Preston, features cameos from celebrated Australian comedian Barry Morgan, as well as Alex’s mum.

To celebrate the release of I Love You Like A Brother, Alex and her band will hit the road in October for a run of shows across the country. After selling out her last in May and wowing fans across the country, this tour should be no different!



Wed Oct 4 – 48 Watt St Newcastle
Friday Oct 6 – OAF, Sydney
Sat Oct 7 – The Zoo, Brisbane
Wed Oct 11 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Thurs Oct 12 – Workers Club, Geelong
Fri Oct 13 – Fat Controller, Adelaide
Saturday Oct 14 – Republic Bar, Hobart
Wed Oct 18 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Thurs Oct 19 – Rosemount, Perth
Friday Oct 20 – Mojos, Fremantle

‘I Love You Like A Brother’ is out on Oct 6 on Nicky Boy Records, distributed by Caroline Australia

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 27, 2017


Hamer Hall, July 26, 2017
Words by Greg Phillips. Photos by Jason Rosewarne

The Russell Morris story is a tale in two parts. You have the platinum-selling, once king of pop who had hit after classic hit in the 60s and 70s. You then have the modern day country-blues troubadour, relating fascinating stories of Australia’s character-filled past. Both were on display last night at Hamer Hall and Morris has been able to perfectly meld those eras together into one consummate show. Russell kicked off his support spot feeling blue … Black Dog Blues, It’s All Over Now Baby Blue and Walking The Blues Away before presenting Sharkmouth, the catalyst for the rebirth of his career. It was evident quite early in the set that Russell has lost none of his vocal power, a fact which became even more obvious during the performance of his earlier material. Mention must also be made of guitarist Pete Robinson, who is such an integral part of the Russell Morris band. Not only is his guitar tone superb, the expression and control of his instrument is second to none. Wings of an Eagle signalled the beginning of a string of classic Morris songs which included Rachel, The Real Thing and Sweet, Sweet Love, resulting in thunderous applause from the crowd as he left the stage.


Russell Morris by Jason Rosewarne

Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (not forgetting Dan Peek in the band’s formative years) have captured imaginations and shared their brand of Californian sunshine with music fans all over the world for the last 47 years. Achieving album sales in the millions, their records featured numerous hit singles which became the soundtrack to so many people’s lives. From the moment the band hit the stage, the nostalgia juice was flowing. Opening with Tin Man from 1974’s Holiday album, the audience was immediately transported back in time, with the huge backdrop screen displaying memories of the generation.

Skipping a decade, “You Can Do Magic ” followed, showcasing the band’s tightness and energy. Lead guitarist Andy Barr emerged from the shadows of the back row to take up main vocal duties on Don’t Cross The River and for the remainder of the night proved to be a vital cog in the band’s wheel, as to was bassist Rich Campbell. Seated at the keyboard, Beckley launched into the beautiful ballad Daisy Jane, revealing that time has not been as kind to his vocal chords as Bunnell’s, yet there was still plenty of collective harmony power to recreate that unmistakable America sound. The band dug deep into the catalogue, presenting much-appreciated obscurities as well as timeless classics such as Ventura Highway. Is there a song which defines the 70s west coast era more than that one? You could argue a number of Eagles’ songs but the amount of film soundtracks featuring that Dewey Bunnell masterpiece seals the deal in my opinion.

The song Driving, off 2015’s Lost and Found, an album of archived material proved to be a rockin’ exchange between the accomplished musicians on stage, leading Beckley to comment that they’d come “Dangerously close to a jam”. A lush version of Eleanor Rigby paid tribute to the seven albums in a row George Martin produced for them. This gig wasn’t just a celebration of one of the greatest song catalogues in popular music, it was the acknowledgement of a period in time when life was a little less complicated. Romantic visions of a Hollywood which doesn’t exist anymore accompanied their song which took the town’s name. A gorgeous version of California Dreamin’ further fuelled the sentiment.  Beckley and Bunnell have more or less been doing a similar set for most of their career but the packaging of songs into brackets as they did on this tour, partnered with the relevant projections added gravitas to the concept.

At the pointy end of proceedings, the chart toppers came thick and fast. Lonely People, a song of hope was as poignant as ever. The guitar-heavy treatment of Sandman gave the song a fresh coat of paint which the crowd relished and Sister Golden Hair put the result beyond doubt. Russell Morris and a couple of the band’s friends were summoned to the stage for the all-singing finale, the band’s signature tune Horse With No Name. America is not the kind of band that offers the usual ‘toilet break’ songs, the new tunes which are slipped into a set bookended by their hits. What you get is to be transported back to a time when the song was king, harmonies were perfect and all was right with the world.

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Pete Robinson (Russell Morris band)






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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 20, 2017


Review: Garry Chapman Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Gumbo is a food dish closely connected to the rich cultural traditions of the US state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans. ‘Gumbo’ is also the title of the latest album release from New Orleans-born singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and sometime keyboard player for Maroon 5, P J Morton. Morton and his band are playing a five-night stint at Bird’s Basement in Melbourne, this week, where ‘Gumbo’ is to be officially launched.

Morton opened his set with a couple of numbers from ‘Gumbo’ – ‘Sticking to My Guns’ and ‘Religion’. From the first inviting piano notes of Morton’s funky New Orleans R&B groove, every patron in the intimate setting of Bird’s Basement must have sensed that same good, bubbly feeling that a steaming hot bowl of gumbo must surely provide.

Morton’s songs were at times sweet and soulful, and at other times jazzy and funky. There were nods to Stevie Wonder (‘one of my heroes,’ he told us) during the set, including ‘Only One’, a song from Morton’s last solo album ‘New Orleans’ (2013) on which the two Grammy-winners had featured together. The Bee Gees’ ‘How Deep is Your Love’ and Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love?’ both found their way into the set, familiar tunes which brought smiles to a few faces, but it was Morton’s original songs that were the catalyst for the positive, warm vibe that filled the room. Just like that bowl of gumbo, the energy of the band and the groove of the music were just what the patrons needed on this chilly Melbourne winter evening.


It’s common to attend a concert and see the backing singers standing behind the instrumentalists and lead vocalist, but Morton’s two backing singers were cleverly positioned front and centre of stage, where they demanded attention and their perfect harmonies provided one of the many highlights of the performance.

Morton was upbeat throughout the show. The grin rarely left his face, and the message in his lyrics was constantly uplifting and full of hope. There were songs for lovers and songs where the audience felt compelled to join in – most notably ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’, another gem from ‘Gumbo’. The other band members enjoyed the show too – you could see it on their faces. Music can make people feel good and this was living proof. The feet were tapping in the seats, and there were broad smiles everywhere on stage.

PJ Morton and his very fine band are playing at Bird’s Basement every evening from July 19 to July 24. If Melbourne’s chill has left your spirits in need of a lift, get along to see PJ and warm yourself up with some of his fantastic gumbo.









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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 18, 2017


Australia’s biggest night for Independent music, The AIR Awards is a week away and for the first time to be held in Adelaide at the Queen’s Theatre.

Today, The Australian Independent Record Labels Association is thrilled to reveal that the nominees for the ‘Best Independent Label’ are Barely Dressed Records, Elefant Traks, UNFD, Jazzhead, I OH YOU and Pieater.

Through support from the South Australian Government, 2017’s AIR Awards will be held in Australia’s UNESCO City of Music at Queen’s Theatre, Adelaide on Thursday 27th of July.

Hosted once again by one of Australia’s most recognisable entertainers Dylan Lewis, the night of nights will feature exclusive live performances from A.B. Original, Ngaiire, Henry Wagons, Russell Morris and Elizabeth Rose.
This year’s awards will be followed by an unprecedented array of after parties open to the general public. Entry is free for all AIR Awards attendees and general public ticket details are as follows; ABC Music – The Hotel Metropolitan (Free entry), Chugg Music – Jive Bar ($15 tickets at door), Future Classic – Sunny’s Pizza (Free entry), and Golden Era Records & Bad Apples – Rocket Bar ($20 tickets thru Moshtix).

Book ending the official AIR Awards ceremony, the full program for Indie-Con Australia has also just been revealed including closing keynote speech from founding member of The Wiggles; Murray Cook. Australia’s first official independent music industry conference will be held at Tandanya, Adelaide on July 27th and 28th. Offering insights into the latest innovations and technological advancements in products, services and strategies for the independent music sector, the two-day summit will include unrivalled networking opportunities, workshops, panels, inspiring stories and tools of the trade. For all the details visit 

The conference will be followed by Scouted featuring 15 bands over 5 stages and is free for AIR conference delegates, who can then choose to go to the Indie-Con Australia official after party at The Hotel Metro hosted by Bedroom Suck or be ushered courtesy of Uber to The Beer and BBQ festival. For those sticking around, keep your weekend reserved for Adelaide’s Winter Reds. – check out all details on Adelaide events here:

To take advantage of travel discounts offered by AIR sponsors Mantra Hotels and The Appointment Group email

For the full list of 2017 AIR Award nominees visit

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 14, 2017


Your choice = Our experience.
Our choice = Your experience.
Everyone is Responsible – venues, festivals, events, and you
Your Choice is a music industry supported campaign to address the growing cultural issues around behaviour and lack of personal accountability within Australian venues and event spaces.

There is a shared responsibility and shared accountability between event organizer/ venue owner and patrons. As an industry, we are working hard to provide the safest environments for patrons to have a good time. We are committed to continually evolving our practices of harm minimization and sharing that information.

These issues are not exclusive to the music industry, they are issues within our Australian society. However, as a community of festival promoters, venue owners, artists, promoters and managers, labels, publicists and more, we are committed under the Your Choice banner, to work together to raise awareness of this important cultural issue, encourage a more positive conversation with our audiences and come up with preventative strategies to support and enhance those already in place.

The goal of Your Choice is to help influence a culture of positive behaviour through shared responsibility – together as industry organisers and patrons attending.
•    Everyone has the right to a good time, without the actions of the minority coming at personal and/or public expense. We want to see an inclusive, supportive, safe, fun time had by all.
•    Both organisers and patrons share responsibility in creating the safest and most enjoyable experience.
•    Our culture today demands a preventative conversation, not a reactive one. We want to start by focusing attention and growing awareness on what is acceptable and expected behaviour, not just telling people to be warey and vigilant or providing reactive solutions after the fact.
•    As a society, we all have a responsibility to encourage people to think harder about the impact their choices have on the wider community and we need to be vocal about this, calling it out when we see it
•    Efforts are required today to ensure our industry is protected and can continue to nurture the ideas of young cultural entrepreneurs and give young artists a space to develop and grow
Your Choice is about being culturally proactive, we don’t want to stick our heads in the sand around any of these issues and pretend they’re not happening. As industry representatives, we will continue to work with the public, emergency services, community groups and government agencies to develop informed and preventative strategies rather than legislative, restrictive solutions.

Your Choice aims to build on the great work being done by the VIC Sexual Assault Task Force, Listen, Camp Cope’s It Takes One and various other campaigns by calling on everyone in our industry and all our patrons to adopt a code of conduct and a zero-tolerance policy around expected and accepted behaviour, the Your Choice House Rules (you can view here). Your Choice is working to be a support system to sit alongside current initiatives that are already in place, and help foster new ideas for harm minimisation.

Your Choice is having positive discussions with VIC Government Ministers and look forward to their involvement in the coming weeks.

How Will Your Choice Effect Change?
•    The Your Choice website ( will function as a resource platform for venues, artists, festivals and other industry bodies to share information on policy, service providers, and ideas regarding safety and best practice.
•    A place for conversation, education, debate and interaction between industry and policy makers. An exchange platform of what is working and ways we can all benefit from new ideas.
•    Your Choice invites everyone to implement the Your Choice House Rules and Your Choice logo across their website, social media platforms, festival and event sites, marketing collateral and venues as a reminder to everyone of the expected and accepted behavouir in their environment.
•    Your Choice will work alongside promoters, venues and industry to promote their current strategies and new ideas, and if requested, help push those ideas out to a national audience.
•    Your Choice will continue to talk openly and honestly with the public about the impact of individual’s choices, and encourage people to think before they act.
We want to get the message out that as an industry we take this responsibility seriously and are working hard to ensure patron safety is paramount. But the reality is that we can only do so much, we need the help of our patrons as well.

We are inviting all artists, festivals, companies (agents, promoters), venues, media, brands and fans to join this movement by changing their Facebook profile page to the Your Choice logo as a show of solidarity for the whole day on July 18th you can download the logo here:  

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