Every year the ARIA Awards are described by the press as the local music scene’s "night of nights" -- the chance for industry types to gather together in front of a national television audience and toast free booze. But, after the canning dished out by viewers last night, only the most hungover of music execs would be confident this morning of the continuing relevance of the annual industry knees-up.

In an attempt to spice up what has already become a faltering franchise, production house Fremantle Media opted to host the awards on the steps of the Sydney Opera House instead of inside an actual venue. Another change saw hosts and presenters surrounded by VIPs. As a result, the broadcast was marred by awkward cutaways, wooden presenters and terrible lighting/sound.