When an annual event claims its latest edition is ‘the biggest yet’, it’s a simple process to decipher if it is indeed just that. But a cursory glance at past ARIA Weeks, which have featured special one-off gigs, showcases, conferences and events taking place in and around Sydney for the past six years, 2018 is certainly the biggest.

Coinciding with the 2018 ARIA Awards, this year’s ARIA Week program will see Zane Lowe, Creative Director and DJ for Apple Music’s Beats 1, return to Sydney for an ARIA Masterclass inspired by Apple Music’s ‘The New’ playlist series which celebrates emerging hip-hop talent.

Zane Lowe said, “I’m excited to return to Sydney for the ARIAs and celebrate the best of Australian music. I’ll be collaborating with local artists to bring The New Australia playlist to life at the ARIA Masterclass, and along with the Beats 1 team, share the best Australian music to a global audience of music fans.”

The program also features four nights of Rockwiz with Julia, Brian, Dugald at the helm. Plus a whopping four Nova Red Rooms featuring Keith Urban, Amy Shark, Vance Joy and Vera Blue.

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Amy Shark

Again partnering with the NSW Government, ARIA Week will once again feature music industry conferences and workshops, like Managing Mental Health, presented by Support Act, PPCA and AccessEAP.

The program also features a special edition of MusicNSW’s SOUND ADVICE, which aims to give artists, managers, and emerging industry professionals a leg up into the industry through providing access to stellar guest speakers. This edition will offer survival tips when it comes to Sync, Distribution, Publishing and Streaming.

2018 ARIA Week will also feature a Producer’s BBQ at Studios 301, a Women In Music Sydney Breakfast at The Star. And the first ever ARIA and CMAA Presents: Country Showcase with ARIA award nominees Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont, Fanny Lumsden, The Wolfe Brothers & Travis Collins.

ARIA Chief Executive, Dan Rosen said:

“This year’s ARIA Week offers an incredible array of events and gigs for music lovers from Sydney to  Newcastle to Byron Bay. ARIA is delighted to welcome back Zane Lowe to Sydney for this year’s ARIA Masterclass. With more than 15 years in the business, Zane Lowe has been at the forefront of the global music industry, and we look forward to him sharing his insights at the ARIA Masterclass.”

ARIA WEEK PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Friday, 16th November – Ausmusic T-Shirt Day
Friday, 16th November -Rockwiz @ Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Saturday, 17th November – Rockwiz @ Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Sunday, 18th November – Rockwiz @ Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul
Monday, 19th November – ARIA and CMAA Presents: ARIA Week Country Showcase Feat. 2018 ARIA Award Nominees Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont, Fanny Lumsden, The Wolfe Brothers & Travis Collins
Tuesday, 20th November – Rockwiz @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 20th November – Women in Music Sydney presented by ARIA @ The Star
Wednesday, 21st November – NOVA Red Room ARIA WEEK featuring Vera Blue @ The Lansdowne, Sydney
Wednesday 21st November – Mental Health Summit  – Support Act @ Studio 301
Wednesday, 21st November – ARIA Week Western Sydney Showcase Feat. Nathaniel @ The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
Wednesday, 21st November – Gang Of Youths – Say Yes to Life Tour @ Enmore Theatre
Wednesday, 21st November –  Music NSW and ARIA Present: What is Distribution, Sync & Publishing @ Wayward Brewery
Thursday, 22nd November – Moju Juju Headline Show @ Oxford Art Factory
Thursday, 22nd November – PPCA and Golden Age Cinema presents Fascinator
Thursday, 22nd November – Gang Of Youths – Say Yes to Life Tour @ Enmore Theatre
Thursday, 22nd November – Studio 301 Producer’s BBQ @ Studio 301, Alexandria
Thursday, 22nd November – NOVA Red Room ARIA WEEK featuring  Amy Shark  @ The Lansdowne, Sydney
Friday, 23rd November – Swarovski Red Carpet Launch
Saturday 24th November – Dirt Girl Showcase Feat. Bunny Racket & King Bunny @ The Farm, Byron Bay
Saturday 24th November – PPCA and Golden Age Cinema presents Gordi
Monday 26th November – Odette (EMI), Alex Lahey (CAROLINE), Moza (UMA) To Headline Limelight. A Universal Music ARIA Week Showcase.
Monday, 26th November – Don’t Stop The Music Instrument Donations Event via Salvos During ARIA WEEK @ Salvos, Tempe
Monday, 26th November – Gang Of Youths – Say Yes to Life Tour @ Enmore Theatre
Monday, 26th November ​ – NOVA Red Room ARIA WEEK featuring Keith Urban
Tuesday, 27th November – NOVA Red Room ARIA WEEK featuring Vance Joy @ The Lansdowne, Sydney
Tuesday, 27th November – ARIA Masterclass @ Telstra CIC
Tuesday, 27th November – Gang Of Youths – Say Yes to Life Tour @ Enmore Theatre
Tuesday 27th November – War Child Presents The Wombats @ Oxford Art Factory
Thursday, 29th November – Gang Of Youths – Say Yes to Life Tour @ Enmore Theatre
Friday, 30th November – Gang Of Youths – Say Yes to Life Tour @ Enmore Theatre
Saturday,1st December – A Day On The Green feat John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Richard Marx, Russell Morris & Bachelor Girl @ Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley

Sydney venues can become an official part of the ARIA Week program by registering their shows on the ARIA Week website – www.ariaawards.com.au/aria-week/register-gig. Registered shows will be added to the list of official gigs on the ARIA Week website.