The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

As the sleeps count­down to this year’s ARIA Awards reaches sin­gle fig­ures, ten­sion is mount­ing at the prospect of so many per­form­ers jostling for po­si­tion at the cer­e­mony in Syd­ney next Wed­nes­day. It’s an im­pres­sive list put to­gether by the or­gan­is­ers to mark the 30th an­niver­sary of the event, led by Hall of Fame in­ductees Crowded House and fea­tur­ing this year’s lead­ing nom­i­nee Flume along­side an al­lAussie cast in­clud­ing Missy Hig­gins, the Veron­i­cas, Troye Si­van, Bernard Fan­ning, Vera Blue, Vi­o­lent Soho, Jes­sica Mauboy, Illy and Jimmy Barnes — with more still to be an­nounced and Rob­bie Wil­liams among the pre­sen­ters. Given the oc­ca­sion of look­ing back over the event’s 30 years it’s prob­a­bly easy to guess which songs some of them will be per­form­ing — I’m look­ing at you, Farnsy — but one won­ders if there will be an op­por­tu­nity for them to join forces at the end of the show for a spir­ited ensem­ble read­ing of an Aussie clas­sic. And what clas­sic could they turn to? Look­ing back through the his­tory of sin­gle of the year/song of the year, it’s a tough call pick­ing a song that would suit Barnsey and Illy and Missy. 5SOS’s She Looks So Per­fect maybe? Or Pow­derfin­ger’s The Day You Come? Yothu Yindi’s Treaty, song of the year in 1992, would be an ob­vi­ous good choice but that was done at an­other awards cer­e­mony a few years back. Maybe ev­ery­one will be in too much of a rush to get to the af­ter­par­ties to worry about a grand sin­ga­long at the end. We’ll see.

Jes­sica Mauboy will be at the ARIA Awards

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