Case Study: How The Star made the 2014 ARIAs rock!



A dedicated team of event pros took over 10 months to perfectly align every element for the audience of 1300 on site and over half a million people watching via the live broadcast.

In the final weeks leading up to the big night stakeholders attended daily meetings to confirm all details and International megastars even sent their security teams to The Star prior to the show to ensure processes, management plans and security were of the highest level.


It was hands on for seven members of The Star’s event team to ensure a secure, coordinated delivery.

Limousines transported guests past screaming fans from The Darling to the other side of The Star to the waiting media pack. Once inside the Event Centre foyer, media were accommodated in The Attic with full broadcast support and a featured sponsor wall.

The Event Centre held 1068 chairs set theatre-style; the stage protruded into the audience and around two sections of the flat floor holding mosh pits for ticket holders.

Guests dined on a selection of gourmet international flavours at food stations set in the foyer, including grilled salmon teriyaki nigiri, pulled pork tacos and Turkish delight; delicately prepared by the Event Centre’s culinary team.


Incorporating over 500 lighting fixtures, eight bands with up to 56 inputs each and over 50 rigged points and motors – over 550 audio-visual man hours went into the event.

The audio accurately accommodated all styles of music from the Melbourne SKA Orchestra to Hilltop Hoods. Home to the largest in-house hi-res LED screen in any event space in Sydney, The Star’s 5mm pitch LED was used in two modes; one as the back drop of the main presenters and performers on stage, and the other as a major graphic illumination of the award winners.


The Star’s newest restaurant, Pizzaperta hosted 80 VIPs who had front row red-carpet seats, including a performance by Justice Crew. Stars prepared at The Darling hotel, and mingled in Sokyo Bar before being chauffeured to the red carpet.

Internationally acclaimed nightclub Marquee held 350 guests for the Chairman’s Cocktail event, and then hosted the invitation-only official after party. Bistro 80 held a masterclass for 200 attendees and hosted media prior to the show. Rock Lily held the general admission after party with a performance by the Melbourne SKA Orchestra.


Within seven hours, all staging, additional technical equipment, broadcast equipment and décor were moved to the loading dock in time for the next event to bump in at 6am for a gala dinner.

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