Triple J not holding this year's Hottest 100 on Australia Day

Angelo Anderson
November 27, 2017

In future, and regardless of the date, Triple J has announced the countdown will be held on the fourth weekend of January.

The survey followed a period of consultation with Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians, groups and other community leaders and representative bodies about the implications of holding the music countdown on Australia Day.

The annual Hottest 200 will then get counted down the very next day - Sunday, 28th January.

The move comes after increasing scrutiny over how and when we celebrate Australia Day, a day that causes considerable pain for Indigenous Australians and one that many associate with violence and dispossession.

"Whatever you think about Australia Day is cool, we don't take a view on that", Wards says.

Triple J had resisted calls to move the date in 2016, but said the timing was under review.

The public holiday has been under increased scrutiny in recent years, with Indigenous Australians noting the day holds significant issue for them due to its association with the violent dispossession of land carried out by the British first fleet upon its arrival in Australia.

The Turnbull Government's youngest cabinet minister told Andrew Bolt Triple J should be condemned for undermining the national day
The Turnbull Government's youngest cabinet minister told Andrew Bolt Triple J should be condemned for undermining the national day

In a statement triple J explained, "You told us how much you love the countdown and most of you are up for a new day".

The station said the countdown was not created as an Australia Day celebration, but to celebrate people's favourite songs of the past year.

A further 39% did not support the change of date, while 1% returned a response of "no opinion".

"It should be an event that everyone can enjoy together - for both the musicians whose songs make it in and for everyone listening in Australia and around the world", it said.

It should be noted that this means the 2019 countdown will - coincidentally or not - fall on January 26 once again. This is really important to us.

Previous year a widespread campaign calling for triple j to change the date of the countdown picked up momentum, with Indigenous artists joining the chorus of voices asking the station to act.

Voting for this year's Hottest 100 countdown opens on Tuesday, December 12.


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