It’s BYO, the music is great, and everyone’s happy. Except for the police, who arrive to shut it down at 1am. The reason given is that there is no fire escape in the building, though there is confusion among the organisers, who were under the impression the venue was a private property and they should therefore be allowed to host a gathering of friends.The event is being held in a warehouse in an industrial zone, far away from residents and authorities. Not that it matters, because the warehouse is soundproofed so you can’t hear the deafening noise from street level.

“It’s all to do with planning,” explains David Abram an architecture graduate turned owner of the award-winning Freda’s Bar in Chippendale (denied a late liquor licence, despite zero incidents of violence in its five-year history). “The councils and governments have made so much money from converting every available commercial and industrial space into apartments, because it is the highest yield per square metre.”

Peter O’Doherty, a long-term Sydney resident and bass guitarist and vocalist for the Australian rock band Mental as Anything (now Dog Trumpet), has spent 30 years watching Sydney be gutted of its cultural core.“Then it all started changing, with all the restrictions, with noise complaints and then the pokies came in and people started gentrifying all the suburbs where all the bands were playing at,” he says.

“The ‘80s I can now see as a period of great creativity, a lot of colour, great celebration, and a bit of decadence, and it was the breeding ground in a way for a lot of creative people to do in a lot of different fields to do a lot of the work they are now doing in a different warehouse,” said Vidgen.