Jessica Mauboy Leads Stacked Lineup For Treaty Day Out Naarm 2023

29 March 2023 | 12:58 pm | Emma Whines

"We can't wait to share the stage with this deadly lineup in Naarm."

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Treaty Day Out has announced its return for 2023, setting up shop in Naarm (Melbourne) with an outstanding group of First Nation artists slated to perform. 

Darwin-born-and-raised international superstar Jessica Mauboy will headline the event, making her Treaty Day Out debut. She's set to wow the crowd with hits old and new, including her newest release Right Here Right Now.

Gamilaraay woman and musician Thelma Plum will also take to the Naarm stage, performing fan favourites from her ARIA-nominated and critically acclaimed album ‘Better in Blak’.

After his blistering performance at Treaty Day Out Bendigo, multi-award-winning artist Dan Sultan will also deliver a powerful set under the big top in Naarm as well as the iconic band Yothu Yindi who created an anthem for the movement and took the Treaty message from the Northern Territory to the world!

Joining them will be Electric Fields, Alice Skye, Marlon x Rulla, Nooky, Scott Darlow Madi Colville-Walker for an all-out party celebrating prolific homegrown talent.

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Alongside these mainstay artists, triple j will also run an Unearthed competition giving one First Nations Artist a chance to snag a slot in this year's lineup. Opening on 3 April, the competition will run for three weeks. 

Organised by the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, the event will take place under the big top at Burnley Circus Site on Saturday, 3 June, to raise awareness for the journey towards treaty in Victoria and celebrate the final day of voting in the upcoming Assembly Elections.

Bangerang and Wiradjuri Elder and Co-Chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, Geraldine Atkinson, said Treaty Day Out is an opportunity to showcase the excellence of First Nations musicians and to emphasise the message for mob to enrol and vote for Treaty elections.

“The election is so mob can choose the people who will represent our communities in Treaty negotiations. This is a moment I’ve been waiting for my whole life. So if you’re mob, help get Treaty done – enrol and vote. Voting closes on the same day as Treaty Day Out, so make sure you vote, and then you can enjoy a deadly day out,” said Aunty Geri.

Treaty Day Out Naarm follows two massively successful regional events in Bendigo and Shepparton, where Yothu Yindi, Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, Briggs, No Fixed Address and Marlon X Rulla played their hearts out. 

Co-Chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, and proud Nira illim bulluk man of the Taungurung nation, Marcus Stewart, said after two successful concerts in regional Victoria, it was time to celebrate in Naarm.

“What a line up! From established musical heroes to cutting-edge new talent, the day will have something for everyone. We’re really excited to be bringing Treaty Day Out to Naarm for the first time and to celebrate our culture and music with everyone,” said Marcus.

Dynamic First Nations duo MARLON X RULLA are back again in 2023 to showcase their high-energy sound, which perfectly blends soul and hip-hop music. Marlon Motlop, from the two-piece, said he was thrilled to be joining the lineup once again for Treaty Day Out.

“For First Nations people, the concept of Treaty is vital, so we’re excited to be back for another Treaty Day Out, supporting the movement. And we can't wait to share the stage with this deadly lineup in Naarm,” said Marlon.

Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are enrolled with the Assembly will be given free entry to the concert. Eligible people can enrol at any time online.

Friends, allies and those who aren't enrolled will be able to purchase tickets tomorrow, 10am, March 30.

Find out more info on Treaty Day Out Naarm here