Cultural venues

This piece is by Alexander Mitchell.

Small Cultural venues are not driven by purely commercial agendas and thus are free to promote the development of community, art, good music, events and projects, which in turn results in a happier, more sophisticated population and peaceful nightlife.

Big Commercial venues degrade the development of the community by promoting bad commercial music, focusing on alcohol consumption, having tacky promotions and by treating their audience like cattle, leaving them ultimately unfulfilled, drunk and violent.

So the irony is that in the long term these new licensing laws are actually promoting violence and alcoholism, because under them only the large commercial venues can now afford to operate.

Thus Melbourne is being robbed of the small venues which have always been important cultural generators and will eventually be left a violent wasteland dotted with commercial venues, bad music and violent punters.