Direct from The Star Event Centre to you!
The ARIA Awards are here again, and the red carpet madness is in full swing at The Star Event Centre. The Music is on the scene again, bringing all the sights and sounds straight to you (with none of the sweat; it is hot out there, people).
Seth Sentry braved the pre-prizegiving festivities rocking a wheelchair, a hangover from a recent injury; triple j's Matt Okine pulled off the best Drake cosplay we've seen to date (Alex Dyson is there too but, with all due respect, Okine is the star of their little circus today); plus we got to go one-on-one with Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Oh Mercy's Alex Gow, the talented gents of The Meeting Tree, and marvel at the incredible boots being sported by the Sheppard sisters.
A music industry identity informed The Music of a last-minute change to their wardrobe plans for today's event — having reserved and paid for a particular dress months in advance, the anonymous attendee arrived at the shop to pick up her threads, only to be told that she would no longer be able to wear her chosen outfit, as Jessica Mauboy had apparently picked out the same dress and requested that no one else be able to purchase it.
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Industry godfather Michael Chugg loves the ARIAs. Why? "I get to put shit on all these people." Honestly, it's as good a reason as any...
Simple pleasures keep Passenger in good spirits: "If you can get me Tim Tams and Bundaberg ginger rum, I'm a happy man."
Tame Impala are likely to win an award, but they're not counting their chickens just yet: "I don't even mentally prepare; I should have at least got some speeches prepared." Yeah, duh, Kev.
Turns out that winning wouldn't be the craziest possibility for Dead Letter Circus: "In an alternate universe, I would be able to afford my own cocaine; in this day and age in the Australian music industry I can't even afford my own drugs."
Somewhat unsurprisingly, some of tonight's attendees are just a little bit star-struck by Tina Arena; in an alternate universe, The Preatures' Izzy Manfredi said she'd like to see "Kylie Minogue and Tina Arena make out while doing a rendition of Chains", while Peking Duk can't take their eyes off her ("It's HOT! And getting hotter because Tina Arena just got in the building. Does she have a husband? I hope she doesn't, I don't want him to know I'm talking about how hot she is.") and Hermitude simply "wanna see Tina Arena".