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.