Tones and I blasts government's Covid support for sports instead of arts

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    ‘Chuck us a footy and maybe we’ll get some help’: Tones and I blasts government’s Covid support for sports while the arts industry struggles

    Musician Tones and I has criticised the government for providing financial support for sports while the arts and entertainment industry struggles during Covid.

    The 27-year-old, whose real name is Toni Watson, shared her frustration at the lack of help available for artists compared to football players on Fitzy & Wippa on Tuesday. 

    ‘How much has the music industry been decimated? How tough are some of these bands doing without much government assistance?’ host Ryan Fitzgerald asked.

    'Chuck a footy in our hands and maybe we'll get some help': Tones and I (pictured) took a stab at the sports industry as she discussed how Covid has decimated live music on Tuesday

    ‘Chuck a footy in our hands and maybe we’ll get some help’: Tones and I (pictured) took a stab at the sports industry as she discussed how Covid has decimated live music on Tuesday

    The singer replied: ‘Well, I mean the biggest joke right now running between me and any other artist friends is “chuck a footy in an artist’s hand and maybe they’ll get some help from the government”.’

    She added: ‘We enjoy the footy and when it’s open we’re at the footy – everyone knows at my house footy is on whenever it’s on – but at the same time we also support artists in this house.’

    Tones and I also revealed how fans at her recent show in Tasmania weren’t allowed to stand up while footballs stadiums are reaching full capacity.

    Music industry: The 27-year-old singer, whose real name is Toni Watson, shared her frustration at the lack of government support available for artists compared to football players

    Music industry: The 27-year-old singer, whose real name is Toni Watson, shared her frustration at the lack of government support available for artists compared to football players

    ‘I just went on a tour, my tour was open-air. I was playing at Riverstone in Brisbane, I was playing in Tassie open-air stage, people weren’t even allowed to stand up,’ the Dance Monkey star said.

    ‘When I went to the footy, even though they say they’re spreading out, they’re not. When I went to the toilet, when I went to line up for food, when I got outside, I have videos of it. It is madness.

    ‘I want the footy to come back in Victoria and I understand that the government’s not making a whole bunch of money from artists, I get it. Artists aren’t making any money. There’s so many artists out there right now that need support!’

    Tones and I said: 'Well I mean the biggest joke right now running between me and any other artist friends is as much as we love it too, "chuck a footy in an artists hand and maybe they'll get some help from the government"'

    Tones and I said: ‘Well I mean the biggest joke right now running between me and any other artist friends is as much as we love it too, “chuck a footy in an artists hand and maybe they’ll get some help from the government”‘

    It comes after Tones and I purchased her fourth home, a $7million mansion in Mount Eliza, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, in April. 

    The state-of-the-art property features a basement lounge, pool and spa, in addition to a marble kitchen with a $150,000 oven.

    The five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion also has a tennis court, fire pit and bar, plus a 3,000-bottle wine cellar.

    'It is madness': The singer also revealed how fans at her recent show in Tasmania weren't allowed to stand up while footballs stadiums are reaching full capacity

    ‘It is madness’: The singer also revealed how fans at her recent show in Tasmania weren’t allowed to stand up while footballs stadiums are reaching full capacity

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