National youth radio network Triple J is inviting listeners to have their say on whether the hugely popular Hottest 100 countdown should continue to be held on January 26 or not.
One of Australia’s cultural institutions, the Hottest 100 is traditionally held on January 26 because that is the national Australia Day holiday – a day typically reserved for barbies, backyard cricket, beers and… the Hottest 100.
Those opposed to it, however, reckon it’s poor form to celebrate awesome music on the day of the first fleet’s arrival on our shores, which marks a traumatic day in Indigenous Australian history.
Now, the broadcaster states, “over the past 10 months we’ve been consulting with a range of people, musicians, community leaders and representative groups on their opinions of Australia Day and the implications of holding the Hottest 100 on that day.”
This survey is the next step in that process.
Everyone has until Wednesday August 9th to have their say. Triple J says the results of the survey, and any stance on the issue moving forward, will be announced “in the coming months.”
You can take part in the survey here.
Watch A.B. Original (feat. Dan Sultan)’s January 26 performed live on Triple J: