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One Frequency Festival

The dream was something like this – part music camp, part professional development week, and big part music festival. This month, dreams are realised as the inaugural One Frequency Festival kicks off.

Led by Festival Producer Kodi Twiner in cahoots with Station Manager Benjamin Erin, the two-day program supported through Live Music Australia boasts over 85 original artists including local talents Casii Williams, Katanga Junior and Gleny Rae Virus, plus bands from the bush like Newboys and Amata Band. There’s even Top End representation, with Tutup Mulut (Liam Budalasia) making the journey.

“It’s a massive line-up! The festival sets are short and punchy. There’s something in this for everyone, and it’s all free to attend,” says Twiner.

The tunes kick off Saturday afternoon, with genres from country to hip hop, electro-pop and the inimitable sounds of desert reggae. The night finishes with a dancefloor curated by new DJs from In The Mix, a skills-training program for fem and gender diverse DJ’s.

Sunday offers a family and youth vibe, kicking off in the morning – get down early and take advantage of the coffee van onsite. The day program is supported by Alice Springs Town Council, and includes drumming workshops, body percussion, sing spaces, kids yoga and interactive art sessions. You’ll even be able to get a free haircut!

Listen to NT Music School concert bands or join the Alice Sings Pop Choir. The live music keeps rolling into the night featuring Stellar Sea, Midnight Rangers and powerhouse vocalist, Ceenah. Twiner says word’s got around on the inaugural festival.

“We have interest from across the continent – more people keep wanting in on this. It shows a huge need and desire for this kind of community music event, and support for the Central Desert.”

One Frequency Festival’s live music program is also broadcast nationally through the Community Radio Network, and you can catch the visual live stream on 8CCC’s YouTube channel.

It’s not only about the live music. Without trained technicians and production crew, the stages don’t sing. 8CCC runs audio-visual tech training, and partners with Music NT’s All Good Project to deliver workshops to a supergroup of media organisations.

So head along, turn on your radio, or stream online, and tune into One Frequency.

One Frequency by 8CCC
SAT 17 JUN, 3PM-1AM | SUN 18 JUN, 10AM-10.30PM
INFO | 102.1FM

Photos: Casii Williams at 8CCC community event, Transmission

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