Pressure is growing on controversial Victorian Liquor Licensing director Sue Maclellan over her enforcement of the state government's liquor licensing laws following last night's backflip on live music by the Brumby government.

As up to 30,000 Melburnians prepare to engulf Swanston Street to protest the legislated link between live music and violence, Crikey can reveal that Maclellan waged a sustained campaign against much-loved rock venue The Tote following a technical licence breach last April. Yesterday, protest organisers signed an accord with the state government dumping the high risk security requirements that caused the pub to close.