Last week, logistics for Adelaide’s musicians became a little easier with the introduction of loading zones outside several live music venues. Rather than having to meet costly inner-city parking fees or carry equipment over a long distance, musicians driving vehicles of any type can park outside for up to 30 minutes at all times, while loading or unloading for a gig.
Venues to have gained loading zones include Jack Ruby, Publishers Hotel, The Duke, The Curious Squire, Coopers Ale House, Hotel Metropolitan, La Boheme, West Oak Hotel, Kentish Hotel, The Austral, Town Hall (Flinders St), Enigma Bar, Jive, Little Pub Off Hindley, Big Window and The Elephant English Pub. All zones are marked by orange Adelaide: City of Music signs.
The initiative is part of the Adelaide: City of Music Live Music Action Plan: 2017-2020, which, according to the introduction, “celebrates [Adelaide’s] identity as a global music city and is intended to cement Adelaide’s place as a world leading music city as recognised by its destination as a City of Music by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.”
Just some other initiatives put forward in the plan to support venues, places and spaces include:
- making sure music is a key element in all Council-funded events
- creating partnerships that increase performance opportunities in Council venues and public spaces
- supporting Umbrella: Winter City Sounds, a festival that attracts new audience to music venues
- encouraging collaboration between the Council, venues and the music industry to create new events
- enabling free busking in City-run spaces and public places, such as Rundle Mall
- activating non-traditional spaces, such as rooftops, car parks and balconies, through community partnerships
- supporting lunch time events in City venues and key locations, such as the Market District and the Market to River laneways
- expanding Town Hall’s music program