News 13 November 2015

ARIA Week returns in 2015 celebrating its biggest line up ever

Legendary music industry icon Lyor Cohen c

ARIA Week returns in 2015 celebrating its biggest line up ever
ARIA Week returns in 2015 celebrating its biggest line up ever

Legendary music industry icon Lyor Cohen confirmed for a Q&A at ARIA Week Masterclass

ARIA Week returns to Sydney for the fourth year from November 21 with its biggest and most dynamic and diverse lineup yet.  ARIA Week presents a program of special one-off gigs, showcases, conferences and events taking place in and around Sydney in celebration of Australian music coinciding with the 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra.

Presented in partnership with the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, ARIA Week will once again see Sydney abuzz with the very best new artists and ground-breaking music industry conferences, showcasing the wealth of talent and opportunity the Australian music scene has to offer.
ARIA is thrilled to confirm that Lyor Cohen, an American music industry icon executive and Founder of 300, is confirmed to be the keynote speaker at the invitation-only ARIA Masterclass on Tuesday, November 24.
Lyor Cohen has been actively involved in the music industry at various top labels (Def Jam, Island Def Jam Music Group and Warner Music Group) for more than 30 years, and was a pioneer in bringing hip-hop music from the margins of pop culture to the mainstream.

ARIA CEO, Dan Rosen said: “ARIA is delighted to welcome Lyor Cohen to Sydney as the keynote speaker for this year’s ARIA Masterclass. With more than 30 years in the business, Lyor has been at the forefront of the global music industry. As a founder of Def Jam records he worked with many hip hop greats including Public Enemy, Jay Z and Kanye West to name a few.  I look forward to him sharing some of the unique insights he has gathered from throughout his extensive career.”

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres, said “ARIA Week continues to go from strength to strength and returns in 2015 with an expanded program showcasing Australian music. ARIA Week is also proving to be a strong launching ground for up and coming artists with acts featured in last year’s ARIA Week showcases going on to be nominated at the 2015 ARIA Awards.”

The Electronic Music Conference (EMC) and EMC Play will also be a key part of ARIA Week 2014 this December 1-2. The Electronic Music Conference (EMC) for the Asia-Pacific region brings together aspiring artists and the world’s electronic music leaders for two days of panels, workshops and invaluable networking opportunities. This year’s conference will be centred around the theme ‘Connectivity’, with a particular focus on the role technology and collaboration plays in electronic music. EMC will take over Sydney’s ivy complex and feature keynote talks from pioneer DJ Carl Cox and BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson, the line-up also includes Tkay Maidza, Ta-Ku, Tigerlily and many more.

By night, EMCPlay, Australia¹s biggest dance music extravaganza, will showcase the country’s most established talent alongside the hottest emerging artists. Nicole Millar, L D R U, Set Mo and Mashd N Kutcher are just a few of the names set to perform across multiple venues in Sydney’s CBD on December 2.
Sydney venues can become an official part of the ARIA Week program by registering their shows on the ARIA Week website -  Registered shows will be added to the list of official gigs on the ARIA Week website.

ARIA Week Program At A Glance

Saturday, November 21
MTV Beats & Eats @ Parramatta Park

Sunday, November 22
Loudfest 2015 @ The Lair, Metro
APRA AMCOS presents In Conversation: Producing a #1 Hit Song @ Giant Dwarf Theatre, Redfern

Monday, November 23
Sony Music Australia @ The Beresford
Studios 301 Producers BBQ @ Studios 301
One for The Road @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Tuesday, November 24
ARIA Masterclass @ The Attic at The Star

Wednesday, November 25
triple j Unearthed ARIA Week showcase @ Newtown Social Club

Tuesday, December 1
Telstra Road To Discovery @ Telstra Customer Insight Centre

The 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra and ARIA Week are proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.
MTV Beats & Eats  
Venue: Parramatta Park
Havana Brown, Savage and Jesabel
MTV is kicking off ARIA Week with the launch of a brand new over 18's food and music festival, MTV Beats & Eats, presented by Carlton Dry.  Not only will it showcase Sydney’s trendiest boutique foodies and the hottest music acts around the country, but the MTV Beats & Eats festival is also FREE at Parramatta Park on Saturday, 21st November.

MTV Beats & Eats will host 7,500 festival goers, six performances on a giant main-stage, 15 different food outlets, licensed VIP bars and a whole bunch of crazy kit you would only expect from MTV, making history as MTV Australia’s biggest free event to date! All you need to do is register at and let us know you’re coming, to enjoy an epic day of delicious food and free tunes on MTV.

With more artists to be announced soon, confirmed in the line-up is Melbourne born, LA based DJ, singer and dancer, Havana Brown. With almost one million fans on Facebook, Havana has supported the likes of Britney SpearsLady Gaga and Rihanna. Famous for her quadruple-platinum hit ‘We Run the Night’ (feat.Pitbull) the sizzling supernova is set to hit the MTV Beats & Eats stage with a live vocal performance. 

New Zealand rapper Savage is also scheduled to storm the stage with his fierce hybrid of bounce, trap and bigroom electronic dance music. Having already sold in excess of 2 million records as a hip hop artist, it was his five times platinum single ‘Freaks’ with Timmy Trumpet that amassed over 70 million views online and turned the Kiwi hero into a dominating success worldwide.

Local Sydney stunner Jesabel will also hit the decks with her electro, house music beats.  The up and coming DJ has supported some of Australia’s top artists including TigerlilyUberjak’d and Will SparksJesabel has also been involved in the Down N Up program, enabling underprivileged youth to stand up and shine in the electronic music industry with DJ competitions to motivate the masses. 

Loudfest 2015
Venue: The Lair, The Metro
Hellions, Stories, Endless Heights, Void Of Vision, Bare Bones and Harbours
LOUDFEST 2015 has been announced as a FREE ALL AGES show in Sydney on Sunday November 22 at The Lair. The event will include a host of Australia’s best upcoming heavy bands including Hellions, Stories, Endless Heights, Void Of Vision, Bare Bones and Harbours.

LOUDFEST was launched in 2011, as a Sydney based All Ages event focused on lineups full of young and excited bands from the metal and hardcore world. It has become a main stay of the Sydney scene, and has helped launch the careers of artists like Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Buried In Verona, Dream On Dreamer, Confession, House Vs Hurricane, Saviour and many more. In 2013, LOUDFEST brought in over 1500 fans across Sydney and Melbourne.

The 2015 incarnation of the event will see it return as a completely free, Sydney-based event, tied in to ARIA Week in support and celebration of the “Best Hard Rock” award at the ARIAs. The event is supported and run as a joint venture between The Virtue Agency, UNFD and Maniacs, with a focus on continuing the ever growing exposure of heavy music to mainstream audiences.

Loud Fest 2015 is a FREE all ages event held at The Lair (Metro Theatre) in Sydney. The room has a limited capacity and people will gain entry in a first-come, first-served basis — there will be no tickets for sale. For more information on LOUDFEST 2015 click here.

Sydney’s Hellions have had an impressive year. Their sophomore album, Indian Summer, debuted at #19 on the ARIA chart and the boys have been doing laps of Australia and the rest of the world ever since. Currently on tour in Europe, supporting label mates Northlane, LOUDFEST will be Hellion’s first show back in the country and it will be as crazy as the live show they've built their reputation on.

Stories have had a stellar 2015 thus far. In August, the Sydney crew released their incredible album, The Youth To Become, via UNFD and earned themselves a top 50 ARIA chart debut and worldwide acclaim. Stories set out to rewrite the rules of heavy music and in turn have crafted a stunning album that has seen the young band conquer the heavy music world and cement their reputation as an incredible live band, as witnessed at Unify Gathering and the regional Badlands tour with In Hearts Wake. 

Sydney post-hardcore act Endless Heights released their Teach You How To Leave EP during August in the midst of their virgin European tour with Australian punk stalwarts Break Even. It was the culmination of a long road of touring at home and abroad with artists like Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Superheaven and Basement with constant writing and rehearsal amid live engagements. 

Formed in 2013, Melbourne's Void of Vision immediately got to work, releasing a bunch of ear-belting singles and heading out on multiple national tours with Buried in Verona, Hellions, Ocean Grove and Hand of Mercy just to name a few. Renowned for their high energy and erratic live shows, Void of Vision have become a major force in the Australian heavy music scene and LOUDFEST 15 is your chance to see why.

Sydney’s Bare Bones are a name you’ve no doubt stumbled upon. With two EPs to their name, Bare Bones have warmed the stages for major acts like Northlane, Every Time I Die, Harms Way, Heights, Senses Fail, For Today as well as an opening slot on this year’s Soundwave Festival. Drawing influences from the likes of The Bronx, Pantera and everything in between, Bare Bones have crafted a unique punk-rock-hardcore hybrid that has established them as a band to watch in 2015.

Harbours is a fresh alternative rock band hailing from Melbourne. Earning their stripes in the thriving hardcore/punk scene, Harbours new material sees the hand reach for a darker, more emotive direction – honing in on grunge, emo and shoegaze influences. In their short time together, Harbours have supported international heavyweights such as Neck Deep, State Champs and Silverstein and now the band with bring their unique take on modern rock to LOUDFEST 2015.

APRA AMCOS presents In Conversation: Producing a #1 Hit Song
Venue: Giant Dwarf Theatre, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern
5.00pm - 7.00pm
RSVP essential: APRA AMCOS members RSVP (free) / Non-members RSVP ($10)
Join a panel of International and Australian songwriters who have produced some of the most recognisable chart hits as they discuss the development of a song and their personal experience navigating the music industry.

Panellists include: Jon Hume (Evermore), David Musumeci & Anthony Egizii (DNA Songs/Sony Music Australia) and international guests Audra Mae, Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley. Moderated by Chit Chat (MAX TV).
Sony Music Australia Showcase
Samantha Jade
Tonight Alive
Venue: The Beresford

Sony Music Australia in conjunction with ARIA Week are excited to showcase four brilliant Australian acts this year. 
Kicking off the night will be Sydney based Singer/ Songwriter Montaigne, whose year has been highlighted with multiple tracks on Triple J and national touring.

Next up, ARIA Award Winner Drapht will hit the stage offering up his highly energetic set of Aussie Hip Hop gems including his most recent single Dancin’ John Doe. 

Following up will be Tonight Alive, fresh from recording a brand new album and touring the US & Europe across 2015. The band will be showcasing tracks from their forthcoming album titled LIMITLESS - out March 4 next year.

Finally, the multi platinum selling and ARIA Award winning Samantha Jade will close the evening performing for the first time, tracks from her brilliant debut album - NINE, released November 20.
Studios 301 Producers BBQ…
Venue: Studios 301
Invite Only 
The annual Studios 301 Producers BBQ is an opportunity for Australia's record-makers to catch up and celebrate the year in Australian Music. In a first this year, Studios 301 in partnership with ARIA and Audio Technology Magazine will present the Producer Lifetime Achievement Award, honouring an Australian Producer who has dedicated their life successfully to a career in music production. Also during the afternoon Mark Davie from Audio Technology Magazine will host a discussion with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
One for The Road
Venue: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Last month the Australian music industry was devastated by the tragic death of well-known and much loved production manager, Shane Cooper, and the serious injury of drummer Mick Skelton, in a car accident while on their way to a gig in regional Victoria.

Since the accident, hundreds of musicians and friends have put their hands up to help out in the best way they know how - with an all-star benefit concert featuring the who’s who of Aussie rock for Mick and Shane’s families.

The One For The Road concert will be held at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Monday, 23 November 2015.
Performers confirmed are (in alphabetical order):
1927, Baby Animals, Diesel with special guest Jimmy Barnes, Dragon, Doug Parkinson, Mark Gable (Choirboys), Hoodoo Gurus, Noiseworks, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Steve Kilbey (from The Church), Wendy Matthews, Russell Morris, Ian Moss with Andy Bickers, Angry Anderson, Alex Smith (Moving Pictures), The Superjesus, Swanee + Jagger Alexander-Erber, Thirsty Merc and Ziggy (the Bowie Show) featuring Steve Balbi, Brydon Stace + Jeff Duff 

Mick Skelton, who has now been released from hospital and is recuperating at home, has the following message:
"I'm incredibly grateful to everyone for the love and support that's been shown since the tragic accident in September.  Of course, all our hearts and thoughts are, and will always be, with Shane's wife Olivia, their beautiful children and the entire Cooper family.

Since being told of the benefit concert, not a day has gone by that I haven't felt overwhelmed and so very humbled. I am so proud to be surrounded by people with such love and support for Shane's family and for my family and myself. It says so much about everyone, from the people putting this together, to the absolutely stellar line up. It's just incredible and words can't describe what the night is going to be like. Even though there is still a long road of recovery left, my spirits remain high and I find comfort in the knowledge that I'll soon be back behind the drums again, playing the music I love, with the people I love.

To everyone, thank you SO much, inspiration is what can get us thru anything, and I'm not only incredibly driven to get up and get back out there, but I'm so very, very inspired.  All my love, Mick xx”

One for the Road’s promoter, Marc Christowski from Empire Touring, said, “Shane Cooper was an integral part of my organisation and Mick Skelton is my go-to drummer. It's not often this sort of tragedy strikes and I'm proud to say that we have been inundated with artists and crew offering their services to produce this extraordinary benefit concert. It’s going to be one hell of a show, packed with all the biggest hits, a huge production and some very special surprises.”

One for the Road is proudly presented by Support Act and produced by Empire Touring.
All concert proceeds will go to the Cooper and Skelton families.
Donations can also be made via:
Tickets are on sale now and are selling fast! and 132 849
triple j Unearthed ARIA Week showcase
Venue: Newtown Social Club
Time: 7.00pm
Free Entry 18+
Vallis Alps
Luen (DJ set) 
As part of Ausmusic Month, we're teaming up with ARIA Week to bring you another exciting triple j Unearthed showcase, flexing some of the best Unearthed talent in the lead-up to the ARIAs.
triple j will be taking over the Newtown Social Club in Sydney and presenting a killer all-Unearthed line-up for you.

Leading the jams will be lush duo Vallis Alps, who've had an incredible 2015 rising from home studio sensations to debuting on the Splendour stage.

They'll be joined by Brisbane star Airling (here's hoping for a reprise of her Usher cover for Like A Version) and folk songsmith Gordi.

Also laying out some sweet beats n' treats on the night will be Unearthed resident DJ Luen. Best of all, entry is totally free. So if you're over 18, come join the fun.

Telstra Road To Discovery
Venue: Telstra Customer Insight Centre
Time: 6.00pm - 10.00pm
Ciaram Granger
Will Anderson
Sydnee Carter
Liv Cartledge

After a nationwide search to find Australia’s next generation of brilliant songwriters, Telstra is thrilled to be showcasing six talented artists at the Grand Final of their annual Road to Discovery program as part of ARIA Week 2015 – Merpire, Ciaram Granger, Will Anderson, Sydnee Carter, Liv Cartledge and Neighbour. Tickets for this showcase are not being sold to the public, however you can win your way in by heading to a for your chance to win one of 10 double passes. 

Now in its 13th year, Telstra Road to Discovery is recognised as a well-established voice in the Australian music industry, providing insights and opportunities for aspiring singer songwriters and music lovers across the country. Telstra Road offers a talent development program that connects emerging singer songwriters with some of the most influential figures in the music industry.