The SMAC Awards

In Music Photography, Social Photography

dappled dave

Last night at the Sydney Opera House the inaugural SMAC awards were dished out.

Presented by Time Out Sydney and FBi Radio, the SMACs recognise the best of Sydney’s Music, Art and Culture.

Many of Sydney’s music and arts community were in attendance, saluting their peers, wearing nice frocks, admiring the view and getting pissed on the free booze.

Ella and Toby

Toby Schmitz (aka The Schmitz) with Ella Scott Lynch. Toby was pipped for the ‘Best Actor/Performer’ award by his acting/writing buddy/nemesis Brendan Cowell.

Greedy Hen

The adorabubble Katherine and Kate from Greedy Hen. Winners of ‘Best Arts Newcomer’.


The KillaQueenz performed and were nominated for ‘Best Music Performance’.

Jack Ladder

The tallest troubador in town, Jack Ladder played a tune before scooting off to play his own show at Oxford Art Factory.

Pig Island

The bizarre and hilarious Pig Island were nominated for ‘Best Artist/Performer’ and performed a Billy Piper tune.

The Presets

What could an award ceremony be this year without The Presets?

Fresh from similar wins at the J Awards and the ARIAs, they won ‘Record of the Year’ for Apocalypso. Despite all the fame, fortune and acclaim, they were graciously humble and obviously appreciative of the support FBi has always given them.


Spod enthralled the crowd with a performance with the Orsumettes and was also nominated for ‘Best Music Performance’.

Fergus Linehan

Irishman Fergus Linehan took out the ‘SMAC of the Year’ award in recognition of his work as Director of Sydney Festival for the past three years.

E.L.F. and Spod

After the awards were given out we all got sozzled on the free wine and Lovells.

The Winners

More photos at Time Out Sydney or Facebook.


  1. Did you/the presets just get photobombed (incidentally or not) by Chris from the chaser?

  2. Matt – no, i can’t blame Chris for that. He was the compere of the evening, so he’s actually standing aside so The Presets can say their thankyou’s.

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