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Radio, Live Transmission

The party that is Transmission returns to the Red Centre this month. Presented by the friendly folk at 8CCC Community Radio, it showcases music artists from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek. And it’s as if the stars are aligning especially for the occasion.

By Hannah Muir

The fourth instalment of the much-loved community event coincides perfectly with the celebration of 8CCC’s fourth decade on air. Well, kind of. The milestone was technically reached during peak COVID times, so they’re making up for lost time.

In the past, Transmission, which is now a joint venture with Rhino Milk Productions, has served as a talent showcase and fundraiser, all wrapped up in over nine hours of live music that is also broadcast through 8CCC’s airwaves.

“It always features a really diverse array of local music,” says 8CCC Station Manager Benjamin Erin.

“It’s like a degustation menu. We try to showcase artists you don’t see all the time.”

Talent from across the Territory provides a mouth-watering line-up. Jessie May & The Desert Peas perform for the very first time, while DJ Wrong Banana plays a set featuring only NT music. Also making an appearance is Newboys Band from Alparra, Cassie Williams from Ntaria, and Rare Earth Heavy Metal from Tennant, just to name a few.

As per tradition, Alice Sings Community Choir gives audiences a taster of what’s to come at their end of year performance. Also of note is 8CCC Big Breaky Team’s very own Abiabi Rich Boii – a South Sudanese afro beat artist who has just recently started performing in Mparntwe.

Previously held at Monte’s Lounge, Transmission transports to the Gap View Hotel offering two stages and, of course, the perk of the pool for what’ll likely be a sweltering November day.

“The event really is grounded in community. It really is all about original local music, with artists and crew being paid award wages on the live music award,” Erin says.

The idea of celebrating community is at 8CCC’s very core, the fact evident over the organisation's 40 years. For Erin, caring for an organisation that has meant so much to so many people is an “immense privilege”.

“A lot of people in Alice Springs, at some point, have been involved with 8CCC … It’s a reflection of what people bring to it, and to be able to facilitate that ongoing involvement with our broader community brings me great joy.”

Don your party get-ups, your swimming gear, and get set for the ultimate Sunday sesh celebrating live local tunes and 40 years of 8CCC.


Thumbnail & inset: V.N. Lucarelli at Transmission 2018
Header: Dina Indrasafitri/Gurun performing at Transmission 2019

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