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Flume And Sydney's Lockout Laws Are Dominating The 2016 ARIA Awards

He's vying to Keep Sydney Open.

23/11/2016 7:43 PM AEDT | Updated 24/11/2016 9:18 AM AEDT
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For some of our favourite Aussie artists' careers, which are now being honoured onstage at the 2016 ARIA Awards, they kicked off in dingy pubs and clubs in the early hours of the morning.

And so, naturally, they have a lot to thank them for.

With 11 ARIA nominations and five wins under his belt, Sydney's electronic music producer Flume accepted a fair few accolades on Wednesday night -- including Best Dance Release for hit album, Skin.

And he used his time onstage to slam Sydney's lockout laws.

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

"I want to say a big thank you to the venues -- especially the small venues and the small parties that are doing what they're doing. Because that's where music evolves, that's where all the exciting stuff happens, and that's what's getting shut down right now," Flume told the crowd.

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

Flume has also taken out Best Independent Release and Album of the Year, for Skin, Best Pop Release for Never Be Like You and Male Artist of the Year.

Indie singer-songwriter from Sydney, Montaigne, who took out Best Breakthrough Artist also wore her political beliefs on her sleeve (or chest).

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And Sarah Blasko, who took out Best Adult Alternative Album, was probed about the controversial laws backstage.

"I'm totally in support of the Keep Sydney Open campaign. As a musician, I've enjoyed many late nights of playing shows...and dancing like a moron at late hours. It's been an important part of my development as a human being," Blasko said.

"Culturally it's very important for people to be able to experience the city at all hours, and for people to be able to address the drinking problems as something separate -- not one and the same as a late night."

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