Sydney's Phoenician Club, the New South Wales Premier and the death of Anna Wood


  • Shane Homan



ecstasy-related death, dance party, moral panic


Shane Homan's detailed case study of the political witch-hunt conducted against the operators of Sydney's Phoenician Club, after the ecstasy-related death of a juvenile who had attended a dance party at the club earlier on the same night, illustrates how legislation concerning the regulation of public spaces can be deployed in a punitive manner in response to particular 'moral panics' and/or political opportunism. Drawing broader implications, Homan also points to the manner in which such complex regulatory webs have succeeded in severely restricting the range of venues available for live music performance in Sydney, drastically altering the city's music culture over the last decade.


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How to Cite

Homan, S. (2015). AFTER THE LAW: Sydney’s Phoenician Club, the New South Wales Premier and the death of Anna Wood. Perfect Beat, 4(1), 56–83.