Aussies want shorter toilet queues and better accessibility at music venues

by Sophie Berrill
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New data has shed light on the problems Australians see with the facilities at music venues.

Cedar Mill Group, an events and tourism precinct operator and service provider, commissioned the survey of 1012 people as part of its first annual Australian Live Music Census via themusic.com.au.

The data provides a holistic picture of the attitudes of engaged music fans, with 85 percent of respondents attending more than four live music events a year and 93 percent saying they will likely attend a live music event in the next six months. By comparison, only 27 percent said they’d likely attend a live sporting event in the same time period. Ninety-three percent said memories they make at live music events will last a lifetime.

Issues including location, accessibility and safety are front-of-mind for live music fans.

Regional vs metro problems

Just over 40 percent of people either ‘disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’ that there are sufficient live music venues in their area. The survey found this sentiment to be even stronger in regional areas, where 75 percent of residents feel there are not enough live music venues. This is compared with 55 percent in metropolitan areas. 

Regional Australians (36 percent) are more likely to say transport to and from a venue is their biggest annoyance with live music events, when compared with metro-based Australians (25 percent). 

In addition, 63 percent of regional Aussies would attend more live music if it took place closer to them. Proximity was less of a factor for metro audiences, with only 34 percent saying they’d attend more live music if it was closer.

Seventy-four percent of people said they ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ that they enjoy the atmosphere at outdoor concerts. 

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Source: Cedar Mill Group

Safety and accessibility in music venues

Accessibility is also on the radar of live music attendees. Eighty-two percent of respondents said venues prioritising accessibility is important. This skewed slightly higher (89 percent) for female and gender-diverse respondents. 

Feeling safe at live music events is a significant concern for all, but particularly for female and gender-diverse Australians, with 40 percent of female respondents saying that they’ve felt unsafe at a live music event. 

 Toilet queues are another concern that disproportionately impacts females at live music events, with 47 percent of female respondents listing it as their biggest annoyance, compared with just 27 percent of males.

Source: Cedar Mill Group

“There’s nothing better than hearing amazing live music while in the great outdoors,” says Cedar Mill Group founder Paul Lambess. 

“We have long believed that although so many Australians love these experiences, there simply aren’t sufficient purpose-built facilities to make this pastime an accessible reality for so many. Now, the first Australian Live Music Census by Cedar Mill Group has shown us the views and attitudes of those who want more – more music, more venues, more transport and more accessibility.”

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