Live Nation's 'Ones To Watch' Heading To Darwin For The First Time

5 July 2024 | 12:33 pm | Mary Varvaris

The inaugural Darwin edition of Ones To Watch will feature live performances from up-and-coming stars Yung Milla, J-Milla, and Juran.

J Milla, Juran, Yung Milla

J Milla, Juran, Yung Milla (Source: Supplied)

Live Nation has joined forces with Regional & Remote Music Summit to bring its program, Ones To Watch, to Darwin for the first time.

From Wednesday, 7 to Friday, 9 August, the Northern Territory edition of Ones To Watch – backed by Vodafone – will feature live performances from up-and-coming stars Yung Milla, J-Milla, and Juran, as well as plenty of conferences and workshops for music industry attendees.

The program, brought by the National Regional & Remote Music Summit and presented by MusicNT, will take place at the Vibe Hotel on Darwin’s Waterfront. The full program for The Summit has also arrived, hosting research, panel sessions, case studies, keynotes and workshops that respond to several broad themes.

The aforementioned programs will explore subjects such as Place, Storytelling, and Culture, regional and Remote Live Music and Festivals, adapting to the Climate Crisis, Understanding Audiences, the importance of Safe Spaces, Skills Gaps and Building Capacity, and Policy and Investment.

Other highlights coming to the inaugural Ones To Watch program in the NT include a Q&A with the live music pioneer Michael Chugg, as well as:

  • A panel of all Northern Territory-based creatives moderated by Sosefina Fuamoli on Amplifying the voices of music storytellers in remote and regional Australia

  • The Future of Festivals Workshop

  • Dr Christen Cornell, who’s a Research Fellow and Manager of Research Partnerships at Creative Australia, will discuss the Federal arts agency’s recent and current music research projects

  • OK Motels, Live & Local, QLD Music Trails and triple j’s One Night Stand will highlight the importance of live music as community engagement and tourism strategy

  • Dr Ben Green will provide a Keynote on current research, trends and challenges in Australia’s regional and remote music industry

You can find the complete Summit program here.

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In a statement, Live Nation’s Michelle Lucia said of Ones To Watch's arrival in Darwin, “Darwin's music scene is overflowing with potential, and we're honoured to be a part of its growth with ‘Ones To Watch.’ This event represents our dedication to nurturing artists across Australia while also contributing to the cultural and economic vitality of regional and remote communities.”

Executive Director of MusicNT, Mark Smith, added, “Regional and remote areas play a critical role in shaping Australia’s music industry. The Summit is a unique opportunity to bring together diverse voices to explore and address the challenges and opportunities faced by these communities.”