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Sniffer dogs at stage left: the NSW government’s war on festivals

Sniffer dogs at stage left: the NSW government’s war on festivals

Festivals are being priced out of existence by a government bent on avoiding bad PR. Crikey looks at the chaos in the festival industry.

Politicians’ pill-testing denialism is costing young lives

Politicians’ pill-testing denialism is costing young lives

Two more people are dead at a music festival while denialist politicians refuse to countenance pill-testing. It's stupidity with a grievous toll of young lives lost.

Do pill-testing kits encourage illegal drug use?

Do pill-testing kits encourage illegal drug use?

With summer music season upon us, the debate around pill testing has been revived. Should drug users be able to tell if they are consuming what they think they are, or does pill testing encourage drug use? Crikey intern Tamsin Rose reports.

The day the music aged

The day the music aged

The bands at music festivals are getting older and older and older.

Heart of the Maddah: why Soundwave music festival collapsed

Heart of the Maddah: why Soundwave music festival collapsed

Numerous bad investment decisions ran Soundwave into the ground.

Big Day Off: who killed Australia’s most famous music festival?

Big Day Off: who killed Australia’s most famous music festival?

Why are young Australians shunning events like Big Day Out and instead flocking to multi-day music festivals out of the city? Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson explains.

A discordant sound travels from Wagga to world stages

A discordant sound travels from Wagga to world stages

Mat Schulz found a place where experimental music was brought into the fold in the Polish city of Krakow. Sanjay Fernandes catches up with him in Germany.

Big Day gets out, and smaller is probably better

Big Day gets out, and smaller is probably better

With the Big Day Out on the hunt for a new site, the economic impact of big festivals has never been more important. But are tourist dollars really the best way to measure the impact of cultural events?

A tropical musical feast in Townsville

A tropical musical feast in Townsville

On the Great Barrier Reef’s most beautiful island, a feast of world-class music. It sounds like a fantasy, but the Australian Festival of Chamber Music has never been conventional, writes Alison Cotes.

New cultural roadmap, but will there be a soundtrack?

New cultural roadmap, but will there be a soundtrack?

The arts year will be dominated by key themes: the announcement of the National Cultural Policy, the deflation of the music festivals bubble, and fraught times at many smaller companies.