Double J launch - live coverage, photos and videos
UPDATE: Now with live videos!
Lunch host Myf Warhurst kicked off the first broadcast live from the launch party in Melbourne.
This historical moment, simulcast on triple j, kicked off with a mix of Australian music history from the '70s til now.
The first song was 'Get Ready For Love' by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - a decision that is explained in this article.
Myf then revealed the new station’s programs and presenters:
Picture L-R: Tim Shiel, Emma Swift, Karen Leng, Myf Warhurst, Caz Tran, and Lance Ferguson
- 8-10pm Mondays: talented singer-songwriter Emma Swift presents Revelator, a show dedicated to bittersweet melodies and lonesome lyrics from folk, alt-country, Americana, roots, rockabilly and folk rock.
- 8-10pm Tuesdays: Melbourne music fanatic Tim Shiel brings you brave and creative sounds, electronic music and beyond on Something More.
- 8-10pm Wednesdays: influential broadcaster Karen Leng covers post rock, punk & pop, ambient and acoustic sounds, sharing her vast music knowledge on The Beat Eclectic.
- 8-10pm Thursdays: From August we bring back one of triple j’s most popular and revered programs, The J Files, this time with an innovative and digitally collaborative approach to artist specials.
- 6–8pm Saturdays: Melbourne soul act The Bamboos’ Lance Ferguson joins the dots between soul, funk, electronica and hip hop, as he presents Sky High.
- 9am–12pm Saturdays: Champion of Australian music Caz Tran plays you great new tunes, plus some of the best interviews and live music recordings from the triple j archives.
- 3–5pm Sundays: Your favourite musicians take over for a month for Artist in Residence. Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) kicks off the series this Sunday, followed by The Cat Empire, Adalita & Kevin Mitchell, Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop.
The launch party broadcast included live acoustic performances by Kate Miller-Heidke and Paul Dempsey from Something For Kate.
Listeners are now getting their first taste of what Double J sounds like - new music, iconic tracks you grew up with, plus the very best of triple j’s interview and live music archives.
Online, users are experiencing the new Double J website (yep, that’s this one) which also launched today with a mobile-friendly, media-rich design that champions quality music writing and a go-anywhere listening experience.
Paul Dempsey sings 'Deja Vu' live on air.
- all photos by Kate Griffin