EP179 – Hemp Health and Innovation Expo, Bohemian Beatfreaks Pt2, Robbie Swan Pt1
Ash Blackwell joins Nick Wallis on the program live from the Hemp Health and Innovation Expo 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, chatting with Max Stone and Myz Guidance from the Nimbin Hemp Embassy.
PART 2: Erik Lamir-Pike, director of the Bohemian Beatfreaks festival and Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival in NSW joins the program to talk about the dramatic and unprecedented rise in user-pays policing fee put on them just weeks out from their festival, leading to a last minute location change across the NSW border into Queensland.
Listen to Part 1 in Episode 178
- Can Bohemian Beatfreaks beat the ban? (The Music Network)
- NSW Police Are Being Accused Of Pricing Out A Music Festival With A Mandatory $200K Fee (Junkee)
- Police block ‘unsafe’ music festival (Northern Star)
- NSW Police unfairly target boutique music festival (Stoney Roads)
PART 1: Counter culture author and co-founder of the Australian Sex Party (now Reason Party) Robbie Swan talks about his experience with early counter-culture festivals like the Aquarius Festival and the Sunbury Music festival. Robbie shares stories of early police crackdowns, including a recollection of an under-reported incident, demonstrating a long-held cultural friction between progressive and conservative culture in Australia, “During an afternoon performance, members of the audience were attacked — apparently without provocation — by police in full riot gear, and more than 150 arrests were made. Many students barricaded themselves into the Union building. The next day they marched on Civic police station to protest the arrests, but the marchers were again set upon by police, who were accompanied by a group of ‘bikers’ who, Davies alleges, were colluding with the police to provoke violent incidents, resulting in more arrests.” – AQUARIUS FESTIVAL OF UNIVERSITY ARTS at Milesago.com
Listen to Part 2 in Episode 180