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Flume slams Sydney lockout laws at ARIAs

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016 Danielle McGrane

Flume accepts an ARIA for Best Dance Release during the 30th Annual ARIA Awards 2016 at The Star on November 23, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Flume accepts an ARIA for Best Dance Release during the 30th Annual ARIA Awards 2016 at The Star on November 23, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Flume, who is fast becoming one of the most awarded Australian musicians, used his platform at this year's ARIA Awards to protest against Sydney's lockout laws.

The Sydney producer, who cut his teeth performing in small bars and clubs around the city before becoming an international success, won three more ARIA Awards as the ceremony reached the halfway mark in Sydney on Wednesday.

"I want to give a big thank you to the venues, especially the small venues... because that's what's getting shut down. To our policy makers and politicians, please keep Sydney open," Flume said as he accepted the award for Best Dance Release.

Not long after, Sydney singer Montaigne added her voice to the lockout debate.

The singer won the award for Breakthrough Artist and took to the stage with "People Over Profit" written across her chest, her own protest against the lockout laws.

Flume also won the gongs for Best Independent Release for his album Skin and Best Pop Release for song Never Be Like You with singer Kai, bringing his total tally this year to six.

This adds to the four he won in 2013 for his self-titled debut and accounts for the three he won a month ago at the ARIA Artisan Awards.

As Aussie music was being celebrated at the ARIAs 30th anniversary, it was the rocking performance of The Easybeats track Good Times from Jimmy Barnes and Jessica Mauboy that really brought some energy to proceedings.

Hosts The Veronicas performed a live rendition of their number one song In My Blood, wearing just red body glitter to their waists and matching red Lycra trousers.

Flume also took to the stage and performed his hit songs Never Be Like You and Say It, featuring Kai and Swedish singer Tove Lo on stage.

Perth singer Troye Sivan won his first ARIA Awards for the publicly voted Best Video and Song of the Year for his song Youth.

"This is just a little thing for every gay Australian kid and every LGBT Australian kid who wants to make music, you totally can and you can win an ARIA Award," Sivan said.

The major awards for Best Female, Best Male and Album of the Year are still to come, alongside the highly anticipated performance from Hall of Fame inductees Crowded House.

Samantha Jade arrives for the 30th Annual ARIA Awards 2016 at The Star on November 23, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images) 30th Annual ARIA Awards 2016
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