Originally Posted by Frost
That is unheard of here in Australia, I'm pretty sure we actually have laws about live music and alcohol that state that state that if the two are together, security needs to be present.
Unfortunately not Frost.......I've played too many gigs in smaller venues (rigged up on the floor right next to the punters etc....just like Larry's gig) to know that security is not necessarily a requirement.
At times it's a godsend, for sure (saw an all in brawl break out after a stabbing once, and I was thankful for security then, no doubts)....other times I've seen overpaid, steroid induced, meatheads act like nothing more than a hinderance (a couple of times I've been locked out of my own gig and forced to 'line up' with the rest of the punters, in order to get back in......or have seen punters beaten senseless for nothing more than falling over drunk!!).
I have a love/hate relationship with security as a result......best treated on a case by case basis, IMHO.....but by no means a legal requirement in an Aussie venue :-)