triple j celebrates 40 years with all-star concert

Hilltop Hoods, The Presets, The Cat Empire and You Am I have been announced as the headline acts for Beat The Drum – a festival celebrating the 40th year of triple j in 2015.

Presented as part of the Sydney Festival, the lineup for the once in a lifetime event also features Hottest 100 winner Vance Joy plus Ball Park Music, The Preatures, Nina Las Vegas, KLP and special guest stars including Adalita, Courtney Barnett, Remi, Owl Eyes, Tkay Maidza and Cloud Control’s Alister Wright and Heidi Lenffer.

The all-star cast of Australian favourites will perform full festival sets plus “incredible acoustic arrangements, unexpected collaborations and covers of legendary Australian hits” – so expect a rousing rendition of Skyhooks’ ‘You Just Like Me ‘Cos I’m Good In Bed’ to close the party. The Skyhooks’ anthem was the first song broadcast when a little radio station called 2JJ launched in Sydney back in 1975 – thanks to Gough Whitlam. The 18+ concert at Sydney’s Domain Gardens will run from 4pm until 11pm. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 27.


Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Sydney for the concert, the whole Beat The Drum show will be broadcast live on triple j radio on Friday, January 16. In addition to the concert, triple j will also be celebrating its 40th birthday with an exhibition, TV documentary, book, CD release and more to be announced soon.

Beat The Drum: Celebrating 40 Years of triple j

Hilltop Hoods

The Presets

The Cat Empire

You Am I

Vance Joy

Ball Park Music

The Preatures

Nina Las Vegas

KLP (DJ Set)

Special Guests:


Courtney Barnett


Owl Eyes

Tkay Maidza

Alister Wright and Heidi Lenffer (Cloud Control)

+ More to be announced

Friday, January 16 – The Domain, Sydney