Tears soak the sticky carpet

The recent closure of live music venues in Melbourne and Sydney threaten the future of the Australian music industry.
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Melbourne has long been known as the live music capital of Australia.

Indeed, with a wide range of venues across the city playing host to numerous bands almost every night of the week, and producing such internationally successful acts such as Spiderbait, The Dirty Three, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Lucksmiths, The Avalanches, Hunters & Collectors, and many more, it could be argued that Melbourne is one of the great live music capitals of the world.

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Richard Watts OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts