More entertainment options in the city that aren't focussed on drinking is something I'm very keen to see more of.
So I'm delighted that the City announced this week it is joining with the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation to hold four all-ages, live music gigs that will help raise awareness of major issues facing young people today.
The City is sponsoring the alcohol-free gigs to give youngsters an opportunity to see live music performances in venues normally open to over-18s only.
Presenting live music performances in the inner city and raising awareness of issues that have too often made headlines in recent years, are important priorities for the City.
The first gig will promote 'looking after your mates' and will be held in conjunction with the foundation honouring Thomas Kelly, the 18-year-old university student killed in an unprovoked assault in Kings Cross two years ago.
The City continues to support Sydney's live music scene and we are creating new opportunities for musicians and performers under our Live Music and Performance Action Plan. Supporting live, all-age, alcohol-free gigs is an important part of that.
There has been a lack of all-ages shows in the city for a long time, and the importance of encouraging the next generation of musicians and industry entrepreneurs was raised consistently throughout the development of the Action Plan.
The City has allocated $20,000 for the first venue booking and three other events that will help draw attention to mental health, community harmony and safe summers. We will also investigate potential grants for venues that want to host their own all-ages events.
TAKE KARE, raising awareness for the Thomas Kelly - Youth Foundation
GoodGod Small Club, 53-55 Liverpool Street, Sydney
Saturday 16 August, from midday.
The band line-up includes:
The event is all-ages, drug and alcohol free, no passouts, presales $10, door sales $15.
To find out more, visit the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation's Facebook page.