The fires continue to ravage Australia, with firefighters at work around the clock. The Australian community and those around the world have rallied together to help in any way possible, and that includes the music industry.
Music companies have well and truly thrown their weight behind fundraisers for those affected by the terrible bushfires, with multiple concerts confirmed over the coming weeks.
Angus and Julia Stone, Briggs, Gang of Youths, Jack River, Ruby Fields, Tash Sultana, and Thelma Plum are coming together for Down to Earth: A Fire and Climate Relief Concert next month.
The gig will take place at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on Wednesday, February 26th, with 100% of all profits donated to the Australian Red Cross and WIRES.
“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,” a joint statement from the artists reads.
“We hope to give you the greatest thing we can in this time of great need – our voices and our songs.”
The event is made possible by all artists waiving their fees and commissions. All profits from bar and merchandise sales will be donated.
“We believe a holistic response to fire relief and future protection is what the youth of Australia are calling for. As well as immediate fire relief, we value the long-term needs of small communities, the knowledge of First Nations people, and the need for climate action,” the statement read.
Additionally, Sown to Earth said it will be working with Green Music Australia to reduce the environmental impact of the event.
Also, in Victoria, Collingwood’s The Gasometer Hotel is set to host a Music That Matters Bushfire Benefit on Thursday, January 16th, offering another huge line-up.
100% of funds from the shows will be donated directly to the RFS, CFA, WIRES and The Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
Aussie Singer and Actor John Waters has announced FireAid2020, featuring Daryl Braithwaite, John Paul Young, Megan Washington, Jack Jones, Margaret Ulrich, Leo Sayer, Stewart D’Arrietta and Justine Clark.
Waters has organised the gig specifically to assist his community in the Southern Highlands region, and FireAid will take place on Friday, January 24th at The Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse, Bowral.
“All of us want to do something; but I realised I had the power of public recognition and that I had a lot of friends in the music and entertainment industry with a lot more of that power than me, and the idea of FireAid2020, ‘The Concert’ was born,” said Waters to The Music Network.
TEG Dainty and TEG Live have announced Fire Fight Australia, to take place at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on February 16th.
The line-up is yet to be announced, but with Queen and Adam Lambert set to play the venue the night before, it’s anticipated that they may be available to perform both nights.
“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,” said TEG’s media release.
The original Wiggles have also announced a bushfire relief concert for over 18s, meaning you can toot toot chugga chugga whatever drink you like while jamming out to “wake up Jeff” and reliving your childhood.
Within an hour tickets going on sale, the show had sold out and a second show was announced.
It isn’t just singers that have banded together to launch bushfire relief, comedians have also announced a night of laughs amidst tragedy with proceeds going to charity.
The line-up for Stand Up for Bushfire Relief includes Hannah Gadsby, Wil Anderson, Dave Hughes, Judith Lucy, Tommy Little, Joel Creasey, Cal Wilson, Nick Cody, Rhys Nicholson, Denise Scott, Nazeem Hussain, Tom Ballard, Frank Woodley, Peter Helliar, Arj Barker, and Sam Taunton, with more to be announced ahead of the show.
If any good is possible to come out of this tragedy, it is the way people have come together to help those who have been affected by the fires, whether through donations, time, money, or other forms of aid.