On 23 February 2010, the SLAM Day rally saw 20,000 people march through Melbourne to the tune of AC/DC’s definitive Long Way To The Top in protest against the Victorian Government’s misguided policy link between live music and violence, going down as the largest cultural protest in Australia’s history.
Last year the movement expanded, National S.L.A.M. (Save Live Australia’s Music) Day seeing shows all over Australia celebrating the importance of live original music and the need to support artists and venues. This year SLAM Day will be taking things to the next level this Saturday 23 February, with more opportunities to show your support for live music around the nation than ever before. Over 300 shows have been registered this year, with particularly large increases in SA and WA proving it now truly is a national celebration.
Media support has also exceeded expectations, with everyone from underground radio to triple j and commercial networks all getting behind it, and similar trends with print, blog and TV mediums. With AMIN helping out this year, a big thanks from all of us and S.L.A.M., plus of course the venues and artists. Now all you need to do is get out there this Saturday and see as many live shows as possible!