Australia has been hit with apocalyptic fires this summer and it is great to see the music industry coming together to provide support for the community.
One concert entitled Down to Earth will to raise precious funds for for immediate fire relief via Red Cross and WIRES, as well as funding organisations that focus on long term solutions, education and leadership for the fire and climate emergency in Australia.
Down To Earth will feature performances by Angus and Julia Stone, Briggs, Gang Of Youths, Jack River, Ruby Fields, Tash Sultana and Thelma Plum., and 100% of revenue will go to support relief efforts across Australia.
Representatives organizing this concert have said:
‘Collectively, our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones, the firies who have put their lives on the line and continue to, and the communities across Australia suffering. We hope to give you the greatest thing we can in this time of great need – our voices and our songs.’
The gig takes place on Wednesday 26 February at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, in Melbourne, and you can get tickets here.
There are plenty of other events being organised by musicians taking place across Australia. For example, Brisbane’s 4000 Records is donating all proceeds from its artists in January to support relief efforts – for details see here.
Just some of events taking place include:
The Original Wiggles Reunion at Castle Hill RSL
Headliner: The Wiggles
Date: Saturday 18th January, 8pm
Cost: $35 (all proceeds from show and merch will go to Red Cross and WIRES)
“We’re getting the band back together… to raise some much-needed funds to assist with those affected by the bushfires in Australia. ALL proceeds from the show (tickets and merchandise sales) will be going to the Australian Red Cross and WIRES.”
Fire Fight Australia at ANZ Stadium
Headliner: TBA (renowned Australian and international artists)
Date: Sunday 16th February, 1pm
“TEG Dainty and TEG Live announce that a stellar line-up of major international and local artists will perform at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday 16 February 2020 to raise money for Australian bushfire relief.
The national FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA benefit concert is expected to run from 1pm to 10pm. A full line-up of Artists and Partners will be announced, along with further details, in the coming weeks.
This national initiative will raise money for relief from the bushfires that continue to devastate communities and challenge emergency services in rural and regional Australia.
This is a major musical event which will see globally-renowned artists from Australia and around the world come together to perform and show solidarity with people whose lives have been disrupted by the bushfires.
Sound Relief 2020
More details will be announced for this monumental event, which in 2009 was debuted as a touring concert in Sydney and Melbourne with the likes of Coldplay, The Presets and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. Watch this space for more information.
“In response to the devastating bushfires currently sweeping across the country, the Australian Music Community will band together once again under the unified banner of Sound Relief 2020. Stay tuned for more information soon.”
A full list of events can be found here.