Lifting the arbitrary cap on the number of concerts that can be held at the SCG Precinct will boost live entertainment choices for fans and drive the NSW visitor economy.
Live Performance Australia (LPA), the peak body for Australia’s live arts and entertainment industry, has warmly welcomed today’s announcement by the Premier that Venues NSW is being directed to undertake the necessary planning and environmental applications to modify the current restrictions.
LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson said: “Venue availability is key when it comes to ensuring that Sydney is included on concert touring schedules.
“Unlocking the full potential of the SCG Precinct to host concerts will mean more opportunities and entertainment choices for local and interstate fans.
“Live entertainment is a huge driver of activity across the visitor economy, including hospitality, accommodation, and travel.
“NSW taxpayers have made a huge investment in the upgrade of stadiums such as Allianz, so lifting the concert cap is a great way to maximise the economic, social and cultural return on that investment.
“This is a very welcome commitment from the NSW Government, and we look forward to them progressing the necessary consultation and approvals so we can get going and bring even more live entertainment choices to Sydney,” Ms Richardson said.
Issued: 3 May 2023