posted on October 21, 2010 at 11:25 am

Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles and Marty Willson-Piper are proud, excited and humbled to announce that the church will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame along with John Williamson, Johnny Young, Models and The Loved Ones on Wednesday 27th October 2010 in Sydney, Australia at the Hordern Pavilion.
“For 2010, ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) is proud to announce the impending induction of five distinct and authentic Australian music voices into the HALL OF FAME – John Williamson, Models, Johnny Young, The Loved Ones and the church. All of these artists are ingrained in Australia’s history as much as its future and now 2010 is the year to celebrate their contribution.

The ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) HALL OF FAME continues to be an important fixture on the Australian music industry calendar honouring those artists whose musical achievements have had a significant impact in Australia, and around the world.”

This esteemed awards night will be televised by SBS Television’s RocKwiz on Saturday 30th October at 9.20pm

Visit the official ARIA website for further news and ticket information

ARIA Chairman and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & NZ Denis Handlin, AM said, “It’s very exciting to be again celebrating the extraordinary history of Australian popular music and the many incredible artists who have made it so special. We are delighted to induct such a distinguished group of Australian artists into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Between them there are many years of unforgettable music history, including the 40th career anniversary of John Williamson and the 30-year anniversary of the church.  We are proud to honour them all.”

For the first time since it began in 2005 as a standalone event, the ARIA HALL OF FAME will be staged in Sydney at the Hordern Pavilion on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010.  It will also, for the first time, be broadcast on free to air television on SBS’ RocKwiz.

“SBS is thrilled to be the new broadcast partner for the ARIA Hall of Fame, honouring musical brilliance from around the country.  It’s a true testament to the popularity of RocKwiz that we have been asked to come on board to present this prestigious event” said Matt Campbell, Director of Television and Online Content, SBS.

With their unique and distinctive guitar sounds and lyrics forever inspiring imagination, the church have grown without compromise into one of the most well-respected rock groups amongst peers and fans the world over. Formed in Sydney in 1980, the church has always been in a parallel orbit to the pop world, an utterly engaging art-rock trip that is far easier to experience than to describe. From the debut album Of Skins and Hearts (with national hit The Unguarded Moment) to the artistically and commercially successful Starfish (with the world-wide recognised hit Under the Milky Way and guitar driven Reptile), and iconic songs such as Almost With You and When You Were Mine through to 2009’s lush, organic masterpiece Untitled #23 (the album that Rolling Stone Australia gave an unprecedented 5 star review), bassist and lead vocalist Steve Kilbey, guitarists Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper and drummer/producer Tim Powles have continued through three whole decades to pleasure their fans with a unerring  sense of space, melody,  beat driven prose and sonic charm. Of the church, legendary music writer and fan David Fricke wrote “At its most compelling, the band scrambles the real and the surreal with ease, rattling its stately guitarchitecture with howling north-wind echo and the troubled undertow of Kilbey’s enigmatic lyrics. It’s like being in the middle of a recurring but constantly evolving dream where only the faces remain the same.”  A combination of chemistry, talent and desire for excellence has found the church in 2010 with the luxury of reflecting on their huge body of work, having never before stopped long enough to rest on any laurels. On their 30th anniversary the church continue to redefine what a rock band should be whether performing live or in the studio. ARIA is proud to induct them into the Hall of Fame.

On behalf of the church, Steve Kilbey said “We were all thrilled to hear of our impending induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.  To be honoured by an industry that we love being a part of, and to be in the Hall of Fame alongside bands that we’ve been fans of ourselves, is more than we ever expected”

With special guest inductors yet to be announced, musical performances and the unique collaboration with RocKwiz, the 2010 ARIA HALL OF FAME, promises to deliver an irreverent celebration of our historic musical diversity. Simply, this is a night not to be missed.

For all 2010 ARIA HALL OF FAME updates please go to which features all the latest on the 2010 inductees and in-depth history of the ARIA HALL OF FAME and ARIA AWARDS.”

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010
Hordern Pavilion
Broadcast by SBS Television’s RocKwiz on Saturday, 30 October at 9.20pm EST

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