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by Paul Cashmere on October 12, 2012

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ARIA have announced plans for the first-ever ARIA Week, a week of live music performances in Sydney around the ARIA Awards.



The ARIA Awards will take place on November 29. ARIA Week will be in the lead-up from November 25 to 28.

Venues across Sydney will host the ARIA Week events. ‘Australia is now the 6th biggest music market in the world and we see ARIA Week as a reflection of that – a week-long celebration of the artists and broader music community who are shaping our local industry through unprecedented creativity and innovation”, said ARIA’s Dan Rosen.

“ARIA is delighted to join with Destination NSW in presenting ARIA Week, which will showcase an exciting range of Australian artists performances and various music industry topics. ARIA plans to continue to develop the week with Destination NSW as an annual feature, for the benefit of music fans as well as the local and international industry,” announced Denis Handlin AM, ARIA Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia.


Universal Showcase- Oxford Art Factory
Universal Music Australia kick the week off with a bang, showcasing artists from the thriving Island Records Australia, Mercury Records and Dew Process stables.

Headlining the night with aplomb is no stranger to a rock n roll stage, ARIA Award winning Bertie Blackman. Her fourth album, the masterfully dark art /pop of ‘Pope Innocent X’ (Oct 12) is released via her new home at Mercury Records. Bertie, fresh off the road from a massive national jaunt with The Rubens, will grace the OAF stage for a special trio set before hitting the road with the inimitable Gotye on his December tour. Listen to the advance stream of Pope Innocent X HERE;

New signings to Dew Process, Brisbane’s Art Of Sleeping also join the joyous fray. Selling out numerous shows on their recent national headline tour to critical acclaim, their soaring yet dynamic new EP ‘Like A Thief’ (Oct 12) includes triple j and community radio favourite ‘Empty Hands’ and unveils why Art of Sleeping are touted as a band to watch in

In demand Sydney gothic-soul rock outfit The Preatures will also take the stage. Having toured throughout 2012 and enjoying alt-radio support for their single ‘Take A Card’, the band launch their long awaited EP ‘Shaking Hands’ (Oct 12). Touring nationally for the EP in October followed by a lap of the map with Deep Sea Arcade. Watch their latest video ‘Pale Rider’

Guitar wunderkind Harts will start off proceedings with his own brand of indie-rock grooves, lifted from his forthcoming Island Records debut EP ‘Offtime’. You’ll have heard his tracks ‘All Too Real’ and ‘Back To The Shore’ on triple j unearthed and in the blogosphere.

Upstairs Beresford Hotel
Featuring Alpine, Oh Mercy and Oliver Tank.
Kicking off a massive ARIA Week of events with a showcase featuring some of Australia’s best and most exciting live acts. On Monday November 26, the Beresford Upstairs will host Melbourne six-piece Alpine, fresh from their ARIA nomination for Breakthrough Artist, and Oh Mercy performing tracks from their ARIA nominated third album ‘Deep Heat’. They’ll be supported by 22 year-old Sydneysider Oliver Tank, widely tipped as a face to watch.

Industry Masterclass – Rock Lily, The Star
As part of the inaugural ARIA Week of events, ARIA will be hosting the ARIA Masterclasses. These Masterclasses, held at Rock Lily on Monday 25th September, will be a forum for the Industry to discuss the opportunities for Australian record companies, publishers, artists and promoters. More details of the ARIA Masterclasses will be announced in the coming weeks.

Best Video ARIA Award presented by You Tube – Rock Lily, The Star
ARIA is delighted to be working with YouTube and the music fans of Australia to present the Best Video ARIA Award, which will be selected by YouTube’s music fans and presented at this event. YouTube has become a transformative platform for artists to reach and engage with their fans through video and for a new generation of artists to be discovered. The Best Video ARIA Award, presented by YouTube represents the passion that Aussie fans have for great Aussie music and ARIA looks forward to celebrating the winner as well as hearing from some special guests on the power of YouTube, video and music.

triple j Unearthed Night – Oxford Art Factory
November is triple j’s Ausmusic Month – a 30 day celebration of the incredible Australian music being made. triple j Unearthed is triple j’s platform to promote the best new independent Australian artists and has helped discover many of Australia’s leading acts, including last years’ ARIA winners Boy & Bear and Art vs Science. So it was a natural fit for triple j to get involved in ARIA Week with an Unearthed night. This event will showcase some of the hottest emerging Aussie acts out there. Headlining the night are breakthrough band of the year, The Rubens, who will be bringing their soul soaked blues to the Oxford Arts Factory on Tuesday 27th November, alongside Brisbane electronic duo Yes You and Unearthed High 2012 winner Asta. triple j predict big things from these artists (and maybe even an ARIA or two in the coming years!).

Sony Music Showcase – Upstairs Beresford
Sony Music Entertainment are proud to showcase a chart topping, sensational night of Aussie Pop music in the run-up to the 26th ARIA awards. The line-up for the evening can only be described as poptastic, featuring some of Australian’s favourite pop artists. ARIA award winner Jessica Mauboy will head line the evening in true Gotcha style, joined by Aussie Hip Hop dance collective and ARIA #1 recipients Justice Crew. Also joining the stage with his highest selling Aussie single of the year is the ‘Incredible’ Timomatic and rounding out a night of Aussie Pop is XFactor’s Johnny Ruffo.

EMC Conference (TUES NOV 27 & WED NOV 28)– Jones Bay Wharf
Electronic Music Conference will be Asia-Pacific’s first conference dedicated to electronic music. The two-day conference will bring together the world’s leading artists, managers, promoters, label reps, media and more together in Sydney for a packed program of panels, keynote interviews, showcases and parties to dissect and discuss the Australian dance music industry while also discovering and championing the world-class dance music talent Australia produces. The first round of speakers include Tiesto, Diplo, Tommy Trash and more. For more information:


The In Sound From Way Out & Inertia Music Showcase – Oxford Art Factory
The In Sound From Way Out and Inertia Music are proud to be hosting ‘Girt By Emcee’, a one-off night of beats and rhymes brought to you by some of the best artists in Australian hip-hop. Featuring Melbourne’s very own Pez, the man behind ‘Festival Song’ a Top 10 triple j Hottest 100 track and #1 AIR chart; Grey Ghost, the intergalactic space cowboy performing brand new tracks from his debut album due in 2013; Seth Sentry who has been touring the country off the back of his new album ‘This Was Tomorrow’ and last but not least Urthboy – back with his new album ‘Smokey’s Haunt’ and a live show showcasing his signature story telling rap combined with ill production and melody. Don’t miss out on this exclusive, intimate event.

MGM/ SPA Showcase – Upstairs Beresford
MGM & SPA Australia are proud to present a night that will feature some fantastic local artists that are starting to generate some serious buzz on the radio and on stages around the country. The Trouble With Templeton have received rave reviews for their debut album, Bleeders. Following the singles ‘Bleeders’ and ‘I Wrote A Novel’, ‘Six Months In A Cast’ is currently being heavily supported by Triple J and community radio. Invited to play at CMJ in October, The Trouble With Templeton has also played shows with Passenger, Husky, Matt Corby, Sparkadia, Big Scary, Of Monster and Men, Father John Misty and Pinback in the last 18 months.

The Falls released their ‘Hollywood’ EP in August this year, produced by Tony Buchen (Old Man River, Andy Bull, WIM, Washington) and featuring the track ‘Home’ as heard on Triple J. Their emotionally fuelled live performances are compelling to watch, sometimes heartbreakingly so, garnering reviews such as “intoxicating melodies and gorgeous harmonies” and “their strength lies in their ability to convey raw emotion and wisdom in their lyrics”. These and more musical surprises are in store on the night

EMC Closing Party (presented by Neon/ Ministry Of Sound/ One Love) – Ivy Pool
To wrap up the weeks festivities with a bang, EMC will be hosting the Closing Party presented by Neon, Ministry of Sound and One Love. In what is sure to be a fantastic night to cap off a great week of music, the party will feature some of the biggest names in Dance including: Ivan Gough, Feenixpawl, Walden, Tom Piper, The Only & Kaz James.

Consistently delivering successful records and putting on high energy club shows week to week around the country, The Only have cemented themselves as one of Australia’s most formidable duos. With the enormous triple j high-rotation success of their last single ‘Drag Me Down’, The Only have been confirmed to mix for Ministry of Sound’s The Annual 2013, as well as blast the country with another round of unforgettable live performances this summer. Rumour has it that there’s a new single on the way for the unstoppable duo also – watch this space!

Since setting forth on his mission to create a better world through fresh-making, Tom Piper, the Sydney-side vibe-master, has positioned himself at the forefront of the Australian dance music scene, being placed Top 10 in both 2011 and 2012 on the inthemix DJ Poll. On his latest rolled-out bass number ‘Can’t Kill The Party’, Tom Piper has teamed up with two of the UK’s finest – mic controller Majestic and Brummie bad-boy Micky Slim. ‘Can’t Kill The Party’ has just been freshly squeezed to clubs and radio around the country, and with Tom’s inclusion to mix a disc for Ministry of Sound’s The Annual 2013, as well as tour for the release, seeing and hearing The Freshness this summer will be delightfully unavoidable!

As one half of the Bodyrockers, Australian Kaz James took the world by storm with the international hit “I Like The Way You Move”. Re-ignited by his recent release ‘Kids’ which gained instant support from Pete Tong and David Guetta, 2012 sees Kaz James shaping up to be one of EDM’s hottest stars in his own right. With a season-long residency at Pacha Ibiza and remixes for The Gossip, Kaskade and Skrillex already under his belt, David Guetta even invited Kaz to be his official support act for his October 2012 Asian Tour. Kaz returns home to Australia for the national Stereosonic festival tour and EMC.

Tickets to the following ARIA Week shows will be on sale from Tuesday 16th October at 9am (EST) via

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