Just days out from the New South Wales state election Keep Sydney Open's Tyson Koh has called out the state government and police following news that an inner city Sydney venue has been forced to remove their mirror ball.
It was revealed yesterday by News.com.au that Surry Hills bar Goros, which is run by the Solotel group, would risk being classed as a nightclub if the mirror ball was installed, meaning the venue would then be faced with new restrictions including serving drinks in plastic cups instead of glass.
Speaking with The Music about the incident, Koh has referred to city's lockout laws "an assault on music, dancing and now decor."
"You have to wonder what the endgame is here? What started out as an attempt to make the city safer has turned into an assault on music, dancing and now decor," he said.
"The NSW Government and NSW Police won’t be satisfied until every last vestige of fun is wiped from the state. Let’s hope this election gives them the shake-up they need."
The news comes after a tumultuous few months for Sydney's entertainment industry, which has included the classification of festivals including Laneway, This That, Fomo, Electric Gardens, Ultra, Lost Paradise, Days Like This and more as "high risk", forcing them to adhere to a new licensing scheme from 1 March.
Operators of Days Like This Festival, Division Agency, Novel, Lost Paradise and Finely Tuned have have confirmed they will be taking legal action against the NSW Government in light of the classifications.
The Music has reached out to the Solotel group for comment.