Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Award Season in Sydney

Since 1987, the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) has held their annual awards in the heart of Sydney. Recognizing the most talented in Aussie music, the first awards were hosted by Sir Elton John and winners have included household names such as INXS and Crowded House.

Over the years, the expansion of categories in each award section has multiplied and once eligibility is confirmed, the Voting Academy and/or Judging Schools start their considerations. There are now five major categories with subsets in each including the Hall of Fame induction so this is a heavy weight night of repetitive ‘And the winner is…’
You can also buy tickets to a multitude of gigs, showcases and events taking place between November 19 to December 3rd. From the newest artists and hottest industry events to ground breakers who have changed the genre of music over the years, put your dancing gear on and get ready to mingle.
The big award event night takes place on November 26 at the Event Center at The Star and will be broadcast on Channel TEN. Red carpet showing who’s who starts 2pm so if you’re a super groupie, get down to the entrance and start clicking that smart phone camera.

From One Direction to Sheppard, 5 Seconds of Summer to Justice Crew on stage, get ready for the main star guest presenter: Katy Perry! Tickets have now sold out but you can keep checking online for any additional seats they’re giving up for grabs at $79.57 AUD . You’d need get on the site fast to book these once-in-a-lifetime seats.  For anyone who’s attending the mass of gigs, maybe lucky enough to have nabbed a ticket to the awards or if you struck unlucky this year on grabbing either, you can still be involved. The public voting is for Aussies only (well anyone with an Australian IP address) so you can still make a stance and cast your vote. Also account that some of the week long gigs are free so hover over the link above and see which events take your musical fancy.
As the award venue is right by the Harbour, you’re a hop, skip and jump away (aka by ferry) to one of Sydney’s most affordable boutique hotels. After a few days of music to your ears, you can return to Cremorne Point Manor, put your feet up and watch the Harbour skyline as the sun goes down. If you need additional inspiration, check the Manor’s home page video. The views are stunning and it’s no wonder the Manor’s in the ‘Winner Is…’ category for a Certificate of Excellence Award, four consecutive years…by Tripadvisor.

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