Rapper Illy criticizes NSW government for exempting church from singing and dancing

The music industry has been criticizing the New South Wales government for blatantly double standards as part of the newly imposed restrictions, forced to abandon upcoming concerts.


The New South Wales music industry is outraged by new restrictions imposed by the government, which banned singing and dancing as festivals and concerts were slated to return to the maps in 2022.

In what artists have described as a blatant double standard, while singing and dancing is prohibited in nightclubs, pubs, bars and entertainment venues, large religious gatherings can continue with community members singing hymns.


Dancing is also allowed at weddings.

The exceptions led musicians including rapper Illy and indie band The Jungle Giants to lash out at the NSW government and vow to create their own church to get around the rules.


New South Wales Prime Minister Dominique Perrotte re-imposed restrictions across the state on Friday as the highly contagious variant of Covid-19 Omicron continues to spread and the rules are in effect until January 27.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry Chant explained that the virus spreads more easily on dance floors, and the department defends the decision to amend the religious setting.

“Singing and dancing in hotels and nightclubs is considered a high risk due to the increased movement and communication inside and outside these places, the impact of alcohol consumption and the removal of masks in these places for eating and drinking,” the spokesman said.


“People attending religious services usually remain in fixed positions, and masks are required for these indoor gatherings.”

It was a bitter pill for the live music industry hit hard during the pandemic.

Australian rapper Illy voices his displeasure v Instagram post on Wednesday night.


“You can postpone all of our festivals and concerts, you can stop dancing in clubs for the next 50 years, and you can make singing and shouting in public illegal except for sermons and cricket for some reason,” 35 said. year old man. wrote.

“But no matter how crappy you make the rules, you STILL never get me to join Hillsong,” he joked.

That Scraps of paper The hit maker clarified that he was not “attacking religion.”

“For your information, I am for everyone’s religious beliefs. This post is a joke aimed at the latest double standards of shit the music industry has to face AGAIN. By no means attacking religion, ”he wrote.

Meanwhile, indie rockers The Jungle Giants tweeted a creative solution to the problem.

“I’m thinking of opening a church in New South Wales so we can play some shows. Who is inside? – they wrote, enlisting the support of singer Beck Sandridge and the Holy Holy band.

This comes after the Grapevine Gathering Music Festival in Hunter Valley was canceled on Wednesday, just four days before it was held.

Organizers now have to reimburse 16,000 tickets to music lovers hoping to catch big bands including Peking Duk, The Veronicas and San Cisco.

They said the forced cancellation would cost the affected tourist center an estimated $ 5.2 million in lost profits, as well as 1,400 jobs.

In a statement posted on the Grapevine Gathering Instagram page, it said, “We’re really sorry this news came in the last hour. We understand that many of you had travel plans and arrangements blocked for some time.

“This is a devastating blow not only to the live music industry. But also for regional tourism. This cancellation is expected to result in more than $ 5.2 million in losses for the Great Hunter Valley region.

“Currently, over 1,400 jobs have been lost among our entertainers, food vendors, security, production, ticketing staff and many others who were hard at work preparing for the weekend.”

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