What Happened at the ARIA’s: lockout laws and gay marriage

The 3oth anniversary ARIA Awards started and ended with a bang but also brought forward some of our nations biggest issues.

Kick-starting with an electrifying opening performance of ‘Good Times’ from Jimmy Barnes and Jessica Mauboy brought the crowd to their feet, clapping along.

Throughout the duration of the night, it wasn’t just about the fashion and awards it was about making a difference and putting Australia’s current issues in the spotlight, like the legalisation of gay marriage and the controversial Sydney Lock-out Laws.

Accepting Best Dance Release Flume, being one of five awards won, brought Sydney’s lockout laws into the spotlight which will close Sydney’s entertainment and music clubs at 1.30am preventing emerging new Australian talent performing.

“I want to say a big thank you to … the small venues and the small parties that are doing what they’re doing, because that’s where music evolves,” Flume said as he accepted the Best Dance Release.

“That’s where all the exciting stuff happens, and that’s what’s getting shut down right now.

“To our policy-makers and our politicians, please keep Sydney open so that the young artists of the next generation can have the same opportunities that I had.”


Flume wasn’t just the only one making a stand to stop Sydney’s lockout laws, Montaigne made a stand with ‘People Over Profit’ scrawled boldly over her chest emphasising that the laws are strangling the emergence of new artists.

To get around stopping the lockout laws, visit ‘Keep Sydney Open‘ for more information.

Photo: Network Ten

Winning Best Female, Sia Furler got Australia talking about marriage equality.

Angie Green, Campaigner for marriage equality accepted the award on Sia’s behalf, who dedicated the award on behalf of “every single non-heterosexual and gender diverse person, who can currently not marry the person that they love in this country” said Ms Greene.

Perth boy, Troye Sivan took out Song of the Year for ‘Youth’ and Best Video for his acoustic clip of the track.

All the award winners are listed below.

All the winners:

Album of the Year: Flume, for Skin

Song of the Year: Troye Sivan, for Youth

Best Female Artist: Sia

Best Male Artist: Flume

Best Group: Violent Soho

Breakthrough Artist: Montaigne

Best International Artist: One Direction

Best Video: Troye Sivan, for Youth (Acoustic)

Best Adult Contemporary Album: Bernard Fanning, for Civil Dusk

Best Adult Alternative Album: Sarah Blasko, for Eternal Return

Best Australian Live Act: The Hilltop Hoods

Best Blues and Roots Album: Russell Morris, for Red Dirt Red Heart

Best Children’s Album: The Wiggles, for Wiggle Town

Best Comedy Release: Yet to be announced

Best Country Album: Sara Storer, for Silos

Best Dance Release: Flume, for Skin

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, for Nonagon Infinity

Best Independent Release: Flume, for Skin

Best Pop Release: Flume, for Never Be Like You

Best Rock Album: Violent Soho, for Waco

Best Urban Album: Drapht, for Seven Mirrors



























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