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NSW eases COVID restrictions surrounding nightclubs and music festivals

NSW’s live music industry has received some long-awaited news with the announcement that COVID restrictions will be eased from tomorrow.

The Prime Minister announced that capacity limits will be removed for hospitality venues and QR codes will only be required for certain settings, including nightclubs and major music festivals.

Additionally, singing and dancing are back, with the only related restrictions being music festivals, where singing and dancing will be allowed from February 25. From the same date, masks will only be compulsory in public transport, airports, hospitals and indoor rooms. music festivals with more than 1000 people.

The sweeping change in restrictions includes the work-from-home mandate, which will also be lifted from February 25. Quarantine in hotels for unvaccinated international travelers will also be reduced from fourteen days to seven days.

The good news comes just in time for the 2022 Sailor Jerry Rolling Stone Australia Awards, which return to The Argyle in Sydney on March 30. With the removal of COVID mandates, event patrons will be able to sing and dance while enjoying some of the best live entertainment in the industry.

The nominees for the 2022 Sailor Jerry Rolling Stone Australia Awards were announced last month, with huge Australian artists vying for the top spots. You can check out the full list of nominations below.

Sailor Jerry’s 2022 Rolling Stone Award Nominees

Best Record

Amy Shark – cry forever
baker boy – Gela
Crowded house – The dreamers are waiting
Genesis Owusu – Toothless smile
Ruby Fields – I’ve been doing it for a while
Skegs- Repetition
Tash Sultana – Land
The Avalanches – We will always love you

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Best Single

Amy Shark – “Baby Steps”
Gang of Youths – “the angel of 8th avenue.”
Jack River – “We Are the Young”
Keith Urban – “Wild Hearts”
SOIL RÜFÜS – “Alive”
Slowly Slowly – “Master Plan”
The Kid LAROI – “Stay”
Tones and I – “Fly Away”

Best New Artist

Cat and Calmell
Genesis Owusu
Jesswar
King Stingray
masked wolf
Maya
Prc Fishing
teen dads

Rolling Stone World Prize

Kaiyote Break
Keith Urban
Kylie Minogue
masked wolf
PNAU
SOIL RÜFÜS
Kid LAROI
tones and me

Rolling Stone Readers’ Choice Award

CXLOE
Gordy
Holy Holy
jimmy barnes
Keith Urban
Paul Kelly
SOIL RÜFÜS
Vika and Linda

The Australian Sailor Jerry Rolling Stone Awards

Sponsored by Sailor Jerry, Panhead Custom AlesJMC Academy, Canna and Shure

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
The Argyle, Sydney, NSW

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