Aussie Festivals, Musicians & Venues Launch ‘Your Choice’ Campaign For Gig Safety

Written by Tom Williams on 17th July, 2017

Aussie Festivals, Musicians & Venues Launch ‘Your Choice’ Campaign For Gig Safety

A collective of Australian festivals, musicians, venues, promoters and record labels have launched a new campaign called ‘Your Choice’, in an attempt to help everyone have a fun and (more importantly) safe time when they’re out at a show.

Backed by the likes of Laneway Festival, Splendour In the Grass, Falls Festival and UNIFY Gathering — as well as artists like The Amity Affliction, Amy Shark and Bernard Fanning — ‘Your Choice’ is seeking to raise awareness of ongoing safety issues, as well as everyone’s personal responsibilities at live events.

Australia’s festival circuit has seen a number of distressing incidents take place in the last few years, including alleged sexual assaults at UNIFY Gathering and Rainbow Serpent Festival, as well as a horrific stampede and multiple alleged sexual assaults at Falls Festival.

In a statement, Splendour In The Grass and Falls Festival head honchos Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco say:

“’Your Choice’ is an important conversation to have… At its core, ‘Your Choice’ is a discussion about safety at gigs, concerts and festivals and how we can collectively have an inclusive, supportive good time at these shows.

“‘Your Choice’ will start the conversation and we hope, positively shift the behavioural culture that seems so prevalent these days.”

‘Your Choice’ is calling on all music fans and industry representatives to adopt a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bad behaviour at shows, and has even developed a series of ‘Your Choice House Rules’, which you can view below.

“The goal of ‘Your Choice’ is to help influence a culture of positive behaviour through shared responsibility — together as industry organisers and patrons attending,” organisers say.

“Everyone has the right to a good time, without the actions of the minority coming at personal and/or public expense. We want to see an inclusive, supportive, safe, fun time had by all.”

The Your Choice website also contains a bunch of resources for venues, artists, festival and other industry peeps, and is being spruiked as “a place for conversation, education, debate and interaction between industry and policy makers”.

The ‘Your Choice’ campaign builds on work already completed by the likes of Victoria’s Sexual Assault Task Force and Camp Cope’s ‘It Takes One’ campaign.

With a focus on opening up dialogue, employing “preventative strategies” and working towards harm minimisation?, organisers say they’ve already had positive discussions with Victorian Government ministers about the future of the campaign.

View the current list of ‘Your Choice’ supporters in full, below.

Your Choice ‘House Rules’ (Supplied)

Your Choice Supporters (As At 14/07/17)

123 Agency 
170 Russell
5/4 Entertainment 
A DAY ON THE GREEN / ROUND HOUSE
A N R Department 
AAM 
AIR 
Airbourne
Alex Lahey
All Our Exes Live In Texas 
Amrap
Amy Shark
Angie McMahon
APRA AMCOS 
Astral People
Aus Music Week 
Bake House 
Barely Dressed Records
BBE
Beach Road Hotel Bondi
Beat 
Bedroom Sucks Records
Bernard Fanning 
Big Top Sydney – Luna Park
Bigsound 
Birds of Tokyo
Bizarro Life
Black Bear Lodge
Bluesfest 
Bob Evans 
Bolster 
Botany View Hotel 
Boy & Bear
Brass Monkey 
Brighton Up Bar
Brightside
Call and Response 
Captain Cook Hotel
Caroline
Catherine Haridy Management 
Cattleyard Promotions 
Cloud Control 
Code One Entertainment 
Collarts
Collision Course 
Comes With Fries 
Corner Hotel 
Crown and Anchor 
Dan Kelly 
Dark Mofo 
Dashville Skyline
Death Proof PR 
Dew Process 
Down The Highway 
Ecca Vandal
Edinburgh Castle 
Elephant Tracks 
ELKI
Engine Room 
Exeter Hotel
Falcona 
Falls Festival 
Fascinator
Feel Presents
Festival Hall
Festival Of The Sun 
Foghorn Media 
FOMO
Footstomp Music
Future Classic
Gang of Youths
Gareth Liddiard 
Grace Darling Hotel
Grass is Greener Festival 
Green Buzzard 
Groovin The Moo 
Grow Yourself Up 
Gum Ball 
Habitat 
Handshake Management 
Hatchie 
Heart Stop Music 
Heritage Hotel 
Howler
I know Leopard 
I OH YOU
Jebediah
Jive
JMC 
jones PR 
Josh Pyke 
Karen Conrad PR 
Karova Lounge
Katy Steele 
Kicks Entertainment
Kingswood 
Laneway 
Leadbelly 
Lemon Tree
Let Them Eat Cake
Lismore City Hall
Live Nation 
Look Out Kid
Lost Paradise
Low Brow Bar and Gallery
Lucky Ent. 
Lunatic Entertainment 
Lupa J 
Macro Music 
Mama Kin 
Maric Media 
MAX WATTS MEL, SYD, BRISBANE
Metropolis/Amplifier/Capitol
MGM Distribution 
Michael Parisi Management 
Mike Waters
Minor / Major PR 
Miranda Hotel 
Mistletone Records & Touring
MJR Presents
Mojos Bar
Mona Foma 
Monster Management 
Montaigne
Moonbase 
Mother Ship Events 
Mountain Sounds
Mucho-Bravado 
MUSIC NSW 
Music NT 
Music SA 
Music TAS 
MUSIC VIC 
Niche Productions 
Nicholas Allbrook
North Byron Parklands
Northcote Social Club 
NYE on the Hill
OKBadlands 
Oztix 
Pacific Hotel Yamba
Palais 
Palms 
Party In The Paddock 
Paul Dempsey
Pete Murray 
Peter Bibby
Philip Stevens Management 
Pierce Brothers 
Pigsty in July 
PR Files 
Premium Media
PS Music Group 
Q MUSIC 
Rad Bar 
REMI
Remote Control Records
Respect the Rule 
Revered Management 
Riot House PR 
Roadsick Apparel 
Sahara Beck 
Scrabble PR 
Secret Garden 
Secret Service Management 
Secret Service PR 
Secret Sounds
Secret Sounds Connect 
Secret Sounds Touring 
Select Music 
Select Touring 
SG Media 
Shihad 
Snowtunes Festival
Solbar
Some Velvet Morning
Something For Kate 
Spender 
Spilt Milk
Spinning Top 
Splendour In The Grass 
Sugar Mountain
Star Court Theatre Entertainment
Strawberry Fields
Tanks Arts Centre
The Amity Affliction
The AU Review
The Avalanches 
The Cat Empire 
The Chippo Hotel
The Drones 
The Foundary 
The Gasometer Hotel
The Grates 
The Hills Are Alive 
The Jezabels
The Lady Hampshire
The Lansdowne Hotel
The Lord Gldstone
The Music
The Music.com.au
The National Hotel 
The Northern
The Operatives
The Paper Kites
The Plot 
The Push 
The Retreat Hotel
The Teskey Brothers
The Toff
The Waifs 
The Zoo
This That Festival 
Thornbury Theatre
Timberwolf
Tired Lion 
Title Track 
Toby Martin 
Towradgi Beach Hotel 
Triffid
triple j
Tropical Fuck Storm 
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm
UNIFIED
Unify: A Heavy Music Gathering
Valve Bar & Venue
Village Sounds 
VVV MGMT
Waax
Waves Nightclub
Waywards
White Label Servicing 
Winston Surfshirt
Winterman Goldstein
Wollongong Uni Bar 
Wonderlick 
Woodford Folk Festival 
Your and Owls (Company)
Yours and Owls Festival


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