• triple j’s Blak Out, Double J and triple j Unearthed are back as partners to amplify Australian First Nations sounds around the globe, with performances from Thelma Plum, Budjerah, Barkaa, Kobie Dee, Dean Brady and Ngulmiya.

    After nearly two decades, this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards, sponsored by Amazon Music, will host its biggest lineup to date at the August 12 ceremony, held at the iconic Darwin Amphitheatre on Larrakia Country. Tickets go on sale this week with world class acts Thelma Plum, Budjerah, Barkaa, Kobie Dee, Dean Brady and Ngulmiya ramping up festivities at the country’s most coveted First Nations’ music event. To share the celebration, the event welcomes back triple j’s Blak Out, hosted by Nooky. Plus, unearthed First Nations musicians from across the country will again have a chance to perform on the NIMA stage with the NIMA triple j Unearthed competition, launching soon.

    Among the performers at this year’s ceremony will be 10-time ARIA Award nominated Gamilaraay
    artist Thelma Plum, who rose to become an Aussie household name in 2019 with the release of her
    highly successful debut album Better in Blak. Her latest EP, Meanjin, is a love letter to home that’s
    quickly becoming an indie classic.

    Thelma is looking forward to performing at the coveted awards ceremony this year, saying, “This will
    be third time lucky for me to play the NIMAs I can’t wait to finally play that beautiful Amphitheatre on
    Larrakia Country!”

    Soul music maker and Coodjinburra man Budjerah will also grace the lineup as he comes fresh off a
    massive 2023 that started with the ultimate bang of supporting Ed Sheeran across his Australian tour.
    The ARIA winner was able to perform his new tune ‘Therapy’ to hundreds of thousands of people in
    arenas across the country in February and March.

    Barkaa – Malyangapa, Barkindji woman and queen of Aussie hip hop – will ramp up the celebrations
    on the night. The NIMA award winner and two-time ARIA nominee won’t be the only rapper hitting
    the stage, with Kobie Dee also on the bill. A performer praised by Briggs as ‘a rapper’s rapper’, this
    Gomeroi artist has an innate gift for storytelling and connecting with his audience.

    Topping off the elite lineup, Gugu Yalanji and Birrigubba man Dean Brady will bring his smooth
    Motown-inspired R&B to the stage, alongside iconic ceremony leader and songman from Arnhem
    Land with a godlike voice, Ngulmiya.

    Then on Sunday 13 August at 5pm, join Blak Out for a wrap-up of the Awards simulcast across triple j,
    Double J and triple j Unearthed. Nooky will bring you the live performances, the highlights from the
    ceremony, artist chats and all the night’s winners.

    “I’m geed to celebrate another big year for Indigenous artists and can’t wait to share the NIMAs with
    you mob on triple j’s Blak Out, and I can’t wait to get around the action in person this year and watch
    the mob rip it up!”
    Nooky says of this year’s partnership.

    The legends at triple j Unearthed are teaming up again this year for the NIMAs triple j Unearthed
    Competition. Last year’s winner Bumpy brought the house down with her booming vocals and soulful
    melodies. More details to come.