Now this is just ridiculous. Enmore’s The Sly Fox have been told by NSW licensing authorities that they can no longer play ‘amplified music’ past 3am. The venue is due to host the Jack The House event tonight, but were told of the curfew only a day before.
For those who didn’t know, Happy started life as a mini-festival held on Sundays at The Sly Fox and as such holds a very special place in our hearts. The venue is currently outside of the lockout zones which denies patrons entry after 1.30 am and ceases the sale of alcohol after 3am. Which makes this restriction total bullshit.
Event promoter DJ Mark Dynamix took to the event’s Facebook page to express his frustrations with the situation.
The full, in-caps statement is as follows:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT JACK THE HOUSE 2: NOW STARTING AT 8PM – BRING YOUR PLANS FORWARD ONE HOUR!
IT IS WITH SOME FRUSTRATION THAT WE HERE AT JACK THE HOUSE MUST REPORT THAT DUE TO THE CURRENT CLIMATE RE: LOCKOUTS & HEAVY HANDED TACTICS AGAINST THE VENUE THIS WEEK BY THE NSW LICENSING AUTHORITIES, THE SLY FOX HOTEL HAVE LITERALLY JUST BEEN TOLD HOURS AGO BY THE LICENSING POLICE, THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO CEASE PLAYING ANY AMPLIFIED MUSIC AFTER 3AM. IRONICALLY, THE SLY FOX IS ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TRADING AND SERVE ALCOHOL PAST 3AM BUT AS OF MIDNIGHT TONIGHT THE VENUE IS UNDER ORDER TO CUT OFF ANY AMPLIFIED MUSIC OF ANY KIND PAST 3AM.
THE VENUE OWNERS AND MYSELF, THE PROMOTER OF JACK THE HOUSE WOULD LIKE TO SINCERELY APOLOGISE FOR THIS OPPRESSIVE TACTIC DESIGNED TO BRING US IN LINE WITH OTHER VENUES IN SYDNEY (APART FROM THE CASINO). THE SLY FOX HAS TRADED UNTIL 6AM SINCE THE 1980’S WITH A 24-HOUR LICENSE WITH NO ISSUES. WE WILL HAVE TO TURN THE MUSIC OFF AT 3AM, WE ARE VERY SORRY BUT OUR HANDS OUR TIED. WE ARE AS ANGRY & FRUSTRATED BY THE SITUATION AS YOU. PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO TAKE YOUR ANGER AND FRUSTRATION TO THE “KEEP SYDNEY OPEN” RALLY ON SUNDAY AND THE “RECLAIM THE STREETS” RALLY ON MARCH 19TH.
TO MAKE UP FOR THE LOST TIME IN THE MORNING, WE WILL BE OPENING THE DOORS NOW AT 8PM INSTEAD OF 9PM. THE VENUE HAS ALSO KINDLY OFFERED UNLIMITED $10 COCKTAILS FROM 8-10PM.
SINCE WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY ANY AMPLIFIED MUSIC AFTER 3AM, YET ALLOWED TO STAY OPEN AND SELL ALCOHOL, YOU ARE INVITED TO BRING A GUITAR AND A TAMBORINE AND SING YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC HOUSE TUNES THROUGH UNTIL CLOSE, WITH BEER IN HAND (WITHOUT MICROPHONES – THAT’S THE LAW). THAT IS HOW RIDICULOUS THE SITUATION IS IN THIS CITY.
WE WILL STILL HAVE AN AMAZING NIGHT READY FOR YOU ALL WITH PERFORMANCES AND SURPRISES ALONG WITH THE LIVE VIDEO STREAM.
This Sunday Keep Sydney Open will be hosting a rally to fight the lockout laws, if you’re free and believe in keeping this city’s culture alive be sure to get down.