Sweeping changes at triple j: Goodbye to Friday Night Shuffle, Vance Musgrove, Nkechi Anele & Andy Garvey

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Youth-focused radio station triple j has announced a series of changes to its on-air lineup.

One such change is the departure of Aston Shuffle’s Vance Musgrove on Friday, August 20 after 10 years at the station.

Musgrove’s show Friday Night Shuffle will also come to an end.

The host of Roots ‘n All, Nkechi Anele, is also saying goodbye. Anele’s final show will be on Monday, August 9.

The final departure is Mix Up’s host and producer, Andy Garvey.

Triple j said Garvey’s job is “up for grabs” and encouraged anyone who lives and breathes electronic music – and is a gun radio producer – to apply.

Garvey has fronted the Saturday night program for five years, and triple j said she had grown Mix Up to be one of the world’s best dance music shows, securing mixes with artists including Diplo, Flight Facilities and The Blessed Madonna.

Garvey said the job had been a dream.

“I will forever look at this job as one of the most exciting and inspiring of my career. It’s time for a new chapter though, and I can’t wait to continue to elevate and promote exciting new talents in club music,” she added.

Replacements for the other departures are already locked in.

Anele’s Roots ‘n All duties will be filled by Weekend Lunch presenter Tyrone Pynor until the end of the year.

Anele said the past four years, including interviewing iconic acts such as Lauryn Hill and Leon Bridges, had been a marvellous ride.

“Music is the air I breathe and the pinnacle of joy in my life. So, thanks for trusting me with your tracks and getting down to the good stuff with me. I’ve loved watching new and diverse artists redefine how this country makes and enjoys music, and I can’t wait to see that grow. I’ll be tuning in to find out what to listen to next,” she added.

Outgoing Friday Night Shuffle host Musgrove said it’s been an absolute privilege to represent dance music at triple j and provide a platform for up-and-coming acts.

“Thank you to the listeners, the show has always been about you. I’m excited to put more time into making and releasing music and I can’t wait to keep the party going with you at Aston Shuffle shows soon,” he said.

Triple j’s Friday night program will be rebranded as The Nudge and will be fronted by Christian Benson and Tim Benson, who form electronic duo Choomba.

Chooma (Photo credit: triple j & Dave Kan) 

The duo said they’re “bloody excited” to be starting on the new show.

“Still can’t believe they’ve handed us the reins to be honest. We’re just two young boys from Tassie with a dream. The show’s all about new dance and electronic music, mediocre bants and some funny segments to get ya Friday nights really sizzlin’ for a nudge.”

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Mick C
7 Aug 2021 - 8:46 am

The only ” dance” music station i only listened to was WILD FM back in the day when extra licences were up for grabs.

Simon
7 Aug 2021 - 3:08 pm

I guess the writing has been on the wall since Mikah Freeman left FNS last year and left The Aston Shuffle altogether this year. It’s all about the new EDM, but I miss the banter Mikah and Vance used to have between tracks which showed their chemistry and friendship (Vance doesn’t seem to be enjoying it anymore).

Choomba have big shoes to fill, but I really enjoy their music so at least they tick that box. The Nudge is an interesting name??

Why are they getting rid of the brilliant Andy Garvey without lining up a replacement? Seems a bit insulting.

At least Triple J are still committed to showcasing EDM unlike most other radio networks.

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