Flume broke a record this year with the most ARIA nominations to a single artist ever, scoring 11 nominations including Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, Best Male Artist and more. With the ARIA Awards this past weekend, we can now announce that Flume has absolutely swept the awards, with 8 wins in various categories.

Flume took home a well-deserved Album Of The Year award for his sophomore album Skin, as well as awards for Producer of the Year, Engineer of the Year, Best Male Artist, Best Dance Release, Best Pop Release, Best Independent Release, and Best Cover Art.

Flume used the occasion to highlight the current issue of Lockout Laws in Sydney that has been going on since 2014. The laws have crushed local businesses and sent business outside of the city to the detriment of dozens of establishments, forcing closures and radical changes in the city’s nightlife.

“I want to say a big thank you to … 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. To our policy-makers and our politicians, please keep Sydney open so that the young artists of the next generation can have the same opportunities that I had.”

Sydney’s lockout laws continue to have an adverse effect on the city’s culture. Australian artists like Flume, Alison Wonderland and Anna Lunoe continue to protest against them and bring light to the effects.

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