• NIMA alumnus Baker Boy in 2019, the last time the event was held live. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
The news will strike a chord with music fans across the country who have missed the prestigious live event during the pandemic.
Dan Butler

12 May 2022 - 9:09 AM  UPDATED 12 May 2022 - 9:10 AM

A beloved fixture of Darwin's cultural calendar will make a triumphant return, as organisers of the National Indigenous Music Awards confirm a live event for August. 

The annual awards have celebrated the achievements of the country's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers since 2004.

However, the last two years saw the event become a virtual affair in response to the pandemic. 

With seats in Darwin's Amphitheatre going on sale today, the organisation said the event was "reclaiming its rightful place" on Larrakia Country. 

“We are so excited to have the NIMAs back in real life,” said creative director Ben Graetz.

“The awards have always been a special place to connect with mob and for artists to get together to celebrate their artistry and culture."

In previous years, a stellar line-up of talent has lit up the Larrakia night; the last live event in 2019 saw Baker Boy, Jess Mauboy and Electric Fields perform. 

Gamilaraay singer Thelma Plum and Yolngu surf rockers King Stingray top the bill in what is shaping up to be return to form for the event. 

Plum is a two-time NIMA winner, taking home Best Newcomer and Song of the Year in 2013 and 2015 respectively. 

The awards have provided a platform for many First Nations artists who have gone on to find success, as well as paying homage to the Elders of the Indigenous music scene.

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