Sad but true.
After almost 25 years of service, the Black Star PA Collective has dissolved.
The Black Star PA Collective (BSC) has recently announced that they’re winding-up as a collective. For 24 years, BSC provided audio for the activist and underground music communities of Melbourne. To compile a definitive list would be impossible, but some of the events they provided sound production for included the Friends of the Earth annual ball and Such is Life punk festival, fundraisers for the Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO), and numerous gigs at the Pink Palace, Black Goat and other DIY venues.
BSC also provided sound for many rallies and protest actions, both big and small. These included S11 (the protests in Melbourne in September 2000 against the ruling-class summit known as the World Economic Forum), May Days, refugee solidarity events (including the infamous ‘Woomera Breakout’), the enormous anti-war rally of February 2003, anti-racist and anti-fascist protests, and numerous other events organised by local anarchist and socialist groups.
BSC’s remaining equipment is being sold and the proceeds donated to various worthy causes around town. A portion is also being donated to the Solidarity Sound System Collective, ensuring that the good vibes and righteous anger BSC helped fuel over many years carries on into the future …
A sincere and heartfelt thank you to BSC for all its efforts over the years — you rock!