Channel V crew en route to Splendour after awards win

Channel V presenters Billy Russell, Carissa Walford, Danny Clayton and Marty Smiley.
Channel V presenters Billy Russell, Carissa Walford, Danny Clayton and Marty Smiley.

HAVING Wolfmother front man Andrew Stockdale throw a pot plant at you is certainly one way to start your career in TV.

Channel V presenter Marty Smiley recalled his first Splendour in the Grass experience last year, one of his first gigs after winning the pay-TV channel's nation-wide presenter search.

"He was chasing me around. I was having a bit of fun with him and then he threw a pot plant and got kicked out of this place,"

"I kept yelling at him 'that's not rock'n'roll'. That's when I really felt like I was a presenter."

Smiley returns to Byron Bay with his fellow The Riff presenters Billy Russell, Carissa Walford and Danny Clayton for another year of live broadcasts, band interviews and hijinks.

 "I think it's very hard to grow out of that novelty of being in that artist area I still feel like I don't belong there," Russell said.

"Beth Ditto is right there and she's pulling her moves."

Channel V will broadcast its live The Riff Splendour Recovery Breakfast from the campgrounds of the North Byron Parklands tomorrow.

The presenters are preparing themselves for some rowdy, and potentially grumpy, campers.

"I've camped at festivals many times and I know what state I'm in at that time in the morning," Russell said.

"It could make for great television. Here the live element is on show; anything can happen. We're going to be out there with the microphone and camera mixing and mingling with people.

"When you have that energy and danger factor the shows are usually so much better for it."

Last night at the ASTRA Awards, Smiley was named pay TV's Best New Talent and The Riff was named the Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program.

In his acceptance speech, Russell announced the Riff will soon be moving from one day a week to six.

Channel V will also record one of its Guerrilla Gig performances, where a mystery artist puts on an intimate, pop-up show, in the campgrounds tomorrow.

"The person doing the Guerrilla Gig, or people, has a No 1 album in their native country with their debut and they broke some sort of record as to the age at which they achieved that feat," he said.

Those campers who don't manage to get out of bed for the recovery breakfast will hopefully be able to enjoy the free show.

Marty and Billy's hot picks for this year's festival include Frank Ocean, Haim, Laura Marling, The National, Drapht, James Blake and TV on the Radio.

"It's their only show in the country on this tour," Russell said about TV on the Radio.

"There's talk about a new album, but we don't know if they've got new songs. They're very tight-lipped about it. I want to see if there's anything new."

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