triple j’s ‘Beat The Drum’ Birthday Concert Lineup Expands

triple j‘s forthcoming 40th anniversary birthday concert Beat The Drum just got even bigger. This morning, the national broadcaster has revealed a plethora of acts have been added to the event’s lineup, including Silverchair’s Daniel Johns, Gotye, Powderfinger’s Bernard Fanning, Megan Washington and hip hop group Thundamentals to name a few.

Also added as special guests this morning are singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko, Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus), rockers DZ Deathrays, Hermitude, rapper Illy, Horrorshow, Paul Dempsey, Drapht, Briggs with Trials and more. View the full updated lineup, packed with Australian music royalty, below.

Beat The Drum will take place in The Domain in Sydney on Friday, 16th January as part of Sydney Festival, and will be broadcast live on triple j. Acts previously announced include Hilltop Hoods, The Presets, Vance Joy, Ball Park Music and The Preatures, who will each be performing full sets.

triple j are promising “heaps of surprises along the way, including some incredible acoustic arrangements, unexpected collaborations and covers of legendary Australian hits”. Wally De Backer, aka Gotye, this morning told triple j he is also hoping to see a special original piece on “the sound history of triple j” come to life at Beat The Drum.

An exhibition, television documentary, book and CD will be released next year in celebration of triple j‘s 40th birthday.

Watch: triple j’s Beat The Drum concert line-up

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)

With new special guest appearances from:

Bernard Fanning

Briggs with Trials

Daniel Johns

Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus)


DZ Deathrays






Mark McEntee (Divinyls)

Megan Washington

Paul Dempsey

Sarah Blasko

Seth Sentry


Tom Iansek (Big Scary/#1 Dads)

Plus special guests:


Courtney Barnett


Owl Eyes

Tkay Maidza

Alister Wright & Heidi Lenffer (Coud Control)

+ more to be announced

Tickets on sale now

Friday, 16th January 2015

The Domain, Sydney

Tickets: via

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