Some of Sydney’s most notable artists and musicians have banded together to give a big F-U to the pokies. The Whitlams chief Tim Freedman, One Day-er Joyride, and more will help launch the new Proudly Pokies Free campaign with a one-off gig at the Oxford Art Factory.
“It’s time for the young people of Sydney to learn about the scale and harm of the pokies and to make better informed decisions regarding their nights out,” said Tom Lawrence, director of the Proudly Pokies Free campaign, in a statement.
“The pokies have become an unnecessary fixture of the Australian pub and we want to promote an alternative vision for our nightlife, one that thrives on innovation, live music and true hospitality.”
Proudly Pokies Free draws attention to and celebrates venues in Sydney who’ve decided to ditch or avoid the pokies, whilst highlighting and reducing “the massive harm that pokies cause in Australian communities”.
“I’m proud to be involved with the Proudly Pokies Free movement to hopefully encourage a mindset that rewards and encourages venues that show imagination in programming and curating their activities,” said Freedman.
“It’s time for the people of Sydney to push back against the pokies.” The Proudly Pokies Free campaign launch event will also feature appearances from Wild Honey, electronic duo Left., and Bad Deep DJs, as well as secret guests and special speakers.
Proudly Pokies Free Campaign Launch
Bad Deep DJs
Plus: Secrets Guests & Guest Speakers
Sunday, 23rd October 2016
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney