News September 14, 2018

Brisbane musos come together to show violence against women is #NotOn

Former Staff Writer
Brisbane musos come together to show violence against women is #NotOn
2015's #NotOn participants

The 2015 #NotOn campaign brought together musicians for a huge charity gig with all proceeds going towards victims of domestic violence, after a short hiatus the initiative is back and bigger than ever in 2018.

This year’s concert will take place on November 18 featuring performances from HalfwayTAPE/OFFTim Steward and Kellie Lloyd (Screamfeeder), Jackie MarshallSome JerksKristy AppsBrindle (their first show in 10 years), Minor PremiersPaddy McHughRaychel StoneThe Bertie Page Clinic and The Shambolics with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

There will also be DJ sets in the venue’s outdoor beer garden, raffles and exclusive prizes.

All funds raised from the event will go to the Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) which each year provides almost 25,000 services to women and their children experiencing domestic violence.

#NotOn coordinators Deb Suckling and Craig Spann from SUGARRUSH Music are ecstatic to bring back the much-needed fundraiser with a new focus on the WLSQ.

“The idea of this campaign has always been to take advantage of the unique position artists have to communicate with their audience and make it clear that violence against women is not on, but we want to provide some real-life practical outcomes also,” says Suckling.

“We know the incredible work the Women’s Legal Service does and we know that they can do even more with increased funding. Every single dollar makes an impact on the number of women and children they support.”

The show will also see the return of the “I’m Making Noise To End Violence Against Women” t-shirts which saw more than 1000 Aussie and international musos don them onstage.

“Long-term, our dream would be to have every live music venue in the country outfitted with these t-shirts to not only highlight the horrific statistics in this country but deliver the message that this ongoing culture of violence has to end,” says Suckling.

“We are so grateful for the support of the music community to get this show-up and running, and particularly grateful to the male artists involved who have a true desire to speak out and lead from the front on this.”

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