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Police Shut Down Sydney Street Gathering Of People Dancing To The Ketchup Song

Police Shut Down Sydney Street Gathering Of People Dancing To The Ketchup Song

Sydney has a bit of a reputation for being a bit of a nanny state, taking the fun out of a lot of things, namely nightlife, music festivals and daytime drinking.

So it's no surprise that authorities have been quick to shut down a party going on in the CBD.

But this wasn't some unauthorised, out of control shindig that had the potential to injure or kill someone - it was literally just a bunch of people grooving to 'The Ketchup Song'.

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Every year Sydney's Circular Quay lights up for Vivid, the annual colourful show that attracts hundreds of thousands of people.

One woman decided to launch a free dance party in the street where people could gather and let their freak flags fly. However, video footage of the event shows it was quickly shut down and partiers were told to move along.

People were understandably pissed when it happened because it didn't seem like they were breaking any rules and were just enjoying themselves.

Sydney City councillor Jess Scully released a statement saying: "Please know this was not shut down by our City of Sydney rangers: this area is controlled by Property aka Place Management NSW, and run by Destination NSW (Vivid Sydney) staff."

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Credit: Free Dance Sydney/Facebook
Credit: Free Dance Sydney/Facebook

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"The problem was the 'free' part. We can't have people publicly enjoying themselves in Sydney for free. You should be inside a licensed venue spending money on overpriced drinks and pokies," wrote one ironic person.

"What an awesome city we've become. You can gamble 24/7 and promote horse races on the opera house but NO dancing and having fun," said another.

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A third added: "Will someone please think of the property investors, baby boomers who have moved into Sydney and want to be in bed by 9pm and poor Star Casino! These are the true victims of this outrageous dancing and generally having a fun and enjoyable night in Sydney!"

If you think that's bad, how about a Sydney bar that was forced to cancel it's Petanque game because the clinking of the balls was annoying nearby residents.

Credit: Black Bottle Darlinghurst/Instagram
Credit: Black Bottle Darlinghurst/Instagram

An angry resident or residents were reportedly sick of hearing the metal balls clinking every now and then and made an application to the City of Sydney to get the game scrapped.

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The owners of the Black Wine Bottle introduced the small game because they grew up playing it in France, according to the ABC.

If you've ever played the game before you'll know that the balls don't emit that much noise when they collide with each other - surely not enough to warrant an emotion that's even close to annoyance.

Featured Image Credit: Free Dance Party/Facebook

Topics: Community, Weird, Australia

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Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.