Triple j revives One Night Stand amid festival cancellations

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David Anderson said the ABC “recognise[s] the festival landscape in Australia has changed since we last put on a One Night Stand.”

Triple j has partnered with Music Australia to bring back the One Night Stand festival after a five-year hiatus. The festival will head to a currently unannounced regional town, and raise funds for Australian music industry charity, Support Act.

ABC managing director David Anderson said: “The ABC is one of the biggest supporters of Australian music and live performance. At a time when the local music industry needs support, the ABC is thrilled to come to the party with the return of triple j’s One Night Stand. 

“We recognise the festival landscape in Australia has changed since we last put on a One Night Stand.  

“triple j and the ABC is working with Support Act and Music Australia on how best we can use this event to increase much needed investment in the Australian music industry, while staying true to One Night Stand’s core mission of delivering a one-of-a-kind event, accessible to the public, based in regional Australia.”

The one-day, all-ages, drug and alcohol-free live music event has previously been held in places like Alice Springs (2010), Port Pirie (2006), Dubbo (2013), Geraldton (2016), Mount Isa (2017), and St Helens (2018). Throughout the years, the festival has featured artists like Flume, The Jungle Giants, Rufus, Tash Sultana,  Pnau, Silverchair, Tkay Maidza, Ocean Alley, Meg Mac, A.B Original, and Matt Corby.  

The first triple j One Night Stand kicked off 20 years ago in the small town of Natimuk, Western Victoria.   

Applications are now open for location suggestions, with the station asking people to tell them about their town and why hosting the One Night Stand will make a difference to people in the community.

It’s been a tough few years for Australian music festivals, with many big names cancelled over the last few months – including Splendour In The Grass, Groovin’ The Moo, Falls Festival, ValleyWays, Coastal Jam, and Vintage Vibes. Even Hobart’s Dark Mofo has been “paused” for 2024. 

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