THE Presets' Kim Moyes fears for the "cultural fabric of NSW" due to the State Government's new music festival regulations, which he describes as "a war on our industry."
On March 1 Premier Gladys Berejiklian introduced tougher licensing restrictions for festivals, which increased policing and security costs, in response to a series of illegal drug-related deaths.
Critics argue the regulations will cripple the financial viability of music festivals and Central Coast's Mountain Sounds last month blamed the Government for its cancellation.
As one of Australia's biggest electronic acts, The Presets regularly perform at music festivals and next Saturday they headline Hot Dub Wine Machine at Roche Estate.
Moyes says musicians, roadies, lighting crews, PA companies and tour managers will all be negatively impacted.
"I don't feel great about it, and neither does [Presets frontman] Julian [Hamilton]," Moyes says. "We've seen the devastation of what's happened in Sydney with the lock-out laws, it's definitely affected some of the places we used to play coming up.
"It's definitely stamped out any fertile ground for bands who are trying to cut their teeth. Now they're targeting festivals.
"It really does feel like it's a war on our industry and it's not great and it doesn't feel like it's great for the culture of our country."
Next Saturday's show will be The Presets first in the Hunter since their triumphant headline performance at This That in 2017.
The Presets will arrive at Pokolbin armed with their Australian Music Prize shortlist-nominated album Hi Viz - the Sydney duo's first record since 2012's Pacifica.
Hi Viz also marked a welcome return to the high-energy party atmosphere of Apocalypso through singles Do What You Want and Downtown Shutdown.
Moyes admits he and Hamilton were panicking around the release of the album.
"I guess we'd been working on this idea for so long and I think if you're working on something for that long and putting so much time into it - a five or six-year period - there's just going to be that deflating feeling when you release it," he says.
"The panic was you put it out and you expect to see an immediate splash, but sometimes things take time. You're not necessarily going to put your album out and it'll go No.1 in 20 countries.
"That's not why we're doing it and I guess it just takes time to see the results of what you've done. We needed a reminder to chill out and hopefully it'll do its thing, and its done its thing."
What is certain, the My People hit-makers won't wait six years to follow Hi Viz.
"We're doing this run of Wine Machine shows across the country and once that's done we're getting back into the studio and knuckling down and trying to get some new music out as soon as we can," Moyes says.
The Presets join Hayden James, Confidence Man and more at Hot Dub Wine Machine at Roche Estate on March 23.