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First & Forever: Your guide to the First Nations musical festival spotlighting Blak Excellence

first & forever festival

Given the wealth of First Nation's musical talent in this country, it's kind of a no-brainer that a festival should exist to celebrate it. Luckily for all of us, rapper and writer Briggs is making this happen. The newly announced First & Forever festival is the brainchild of the A.B Original member, and the late Michael Gudinski – founder of Mushroom Records.

Taking place over the span of a single day on Sunday, November 27, the picnic-style festival will make its debut on the lands of Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples, at the foot of Hanging Rock.

So far the lineup features over 20 acts, including Jessica Mauboy, Budjerah, Sycco and Ziggy Ramo, all of whom are set to perform on a single stage named as a tribute to the inimitable Archie Roach, who passed away earlier in July this year. The artists were personally curated by Briggs, with input from Paul Kelly in line with Gudinski's own wishes.

"For years I'd had an idea for a First Nations-led contemporary music festival, something cool and boutique that was really about the music and culture," says Briggs.

"When Gudinski called me about a similar idea he'd had, we found this really collaborative working relationship," he continued. "We both had a passionate approach to Melbourne, Victorian music, and amplifying Blakfellas' stories. MG got the ball rolling. After he passed, the ball was in my court. I had to take it home."

Set your alarms, because tickets will go on sale at 11am Friday, October 14 via Ticketmaster, and for further details head to the First & Forever festival website.

Find the complete lineup to First & Forever Festival, below.

Baker Boy
Jessica Mauboy
King Stingray
Thelma Plum
Alice Skye
Busby Marou
Christine Anu
Dan Sultan
Electric Fields
Emma Donovan
Tasman Keith
Ziggy Ramo
Jess Hitchcock
Kardajala Kirridarra
Kobie Dee

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Images: @thelmaplum @budjerah @ziggyramo