Flume used his ARIAs acceptance speech to fight for Keep Sydney Open

Flume has used his ARIA acceptance speech for Best Dance Release to ask Sydney lawmakers to keep the city’s clubs open.

While picking up the prize for his second album Skin, hitmaker Harley Streten shouted out the venues that gave him his start – and sent NSW Premier Mike Baird a message. “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 exiting stuff happens, and that’s what’s getting shut down right now,” he said.

“To our policy makers and our politicians –  please Keep Sydney Open to let the next generation have the same opportunities I had.”

The Future Classic star was also seen sporting a Keep Sydney Open pin on the red carpet. He lent his (still-unreleased) track Heater to the community group for a recent anti-lockouts video.

The ARIA Awards are currently underway in Sydney, with Flume having already taken out Best Pop Release for Never Be Like You and and Best Independent Release for Skin.