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Watch the special broadcast premiering on ABC TV and ABC iview this month!


The verdict is in: the inaugural First & Forever festival at The Gathering Place, Hanging Rock, VIC, was truly historic!

Now, it’s time for music lovers nationwide to kick back and enjoy this incredible, one-of-a-kind festival – with triple j and ABC Indigenous bringing you all the best moments on-air and across socials, and ABC iview and ABC TV premiering a special broadcast this month!

With over 7,300 ticketholders making their way to The Gathering Place, Hanging Rock, including mobs who made their way from across the country, the landmark event celebrated the irrepressible force that is contemporary First Nations culture and music, with a stunning line-up co-curated by Bad Apples Music founder, rapper and author Briggs (with a special thank you to Paul Kelly AM). The deadliest artists in the land took to the ‘Uncle Archie Stage’ in homage to the pioneering songwriter, performing their incredible sets at one of VIC’s most majestic and significant backdrops.

Featuring backstage interviews and live performances from the day’s amazing talent, the broadcast is hosted by triple j’s Blak Out producer and Gomeroi woman Karla Ranby, and triple j’s Weekend Lunch and soul ctrl presenter, and Torres Strait Islander man Tyrone Pynor. Tune into the ABC broadcast to catch amazing performances and interviews from artists including: Baker Boy, Budjerah, Briggs, Jessica Mauboy, King Stingray, Sycco, Thelma Plum, Alice Skye, Busby Marou, Tasman Keith, Kobie Dee and many more.

Watch First & Forever on ABC iview which was produced by Mushroom Studios, from Thursday 15 December and catch the broadcast on ABC TV Thursday 22 December from 8:30PM.

You can also listen in at 5PM on Sunday 18 December on triple j’s Blakoutprogram, or on the triple j or ABC listen app.

First & Forever was presented by Mushroom Group, the Victorian Government and Bad Apples Music, and held at The Gathering Place, Hanging Rock, hosted by the Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung.

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