Artists and venues unite to save Sydney’s music scene

A free panel discussion will be held at the Annandale Hotel next Wednesday night featuring triple j’s The Doctor, Annandale owner Matt Rule and artist/triple j presenter/keyboard warrior Brendan Maclean focusing on the relationship between musicians and the venues they play.

A little over a month ago Maclean wrote an article for FL titled Why I Wont Miss the Sando provoking responses ranging from kudos to death threats as punters passionately argued about the state of the live scene in Sydney. Annandale Hotel owner Matt Rule felt empathy for Sando owner Tony Townsend and wrote a letter to Maclean offering an alternate perspective and within the week Rule and Maclean were sitting down together in the Annandale Hotel beer garden for what proved to be an incredibly insightful chat .

The one-off event presented by The Annandale Hotel, FasterLouder, and MusicNSW aims to improve the state of the Sydney’s live music scene and more specifically the relationships between venues and artists. And the Annandale welcomes all the ‘keyboard warriors’ to leave the net for the night and get their arse down to venue to be involved in something “real, unique, and most likely a little bit special”.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A as well as live performances by The Fabergettes, Little Lovers, and Annie Mckinnon.

Two to Tango panelists:

The Doctor (Triple J)


Matt Rule (The Annandale)

Brendan Maclean (Keyboard Warrior)

Siobhan Poynton (MusicNSW)

Dave Rennick (Dappled Cities)

Tony Gosden (Jam Music/ The Beresford)

Jay Katz (musician/DJ)

The Annandale Hotel

7pm, Wednesday 5 September

Free Entry