Dozens of local & international acts to headline bushfire benefit gigs [updated]
The music industry has well and truly thrown its weight behind fundraisers for those affected by recent Australian bushfires, with multiple concerts confirmed over the coming weeks.
UPDATES: More benefit concerts have been announced, with some seriously big names throwing their names in the ring to raise money for those affected by the ongoing bushfire crisis:
Anthony Callea has announced two bushfire benefit concerts with all proceeds going to the Victorian Country Fire Authority.
The gig will go down at Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Cosmo’s Midnight, Winston Surfshirt and more DJs will perform at a special fundraising gig called Sweet Relief.
Organised by Astral People, the gig goes down at Oxford Art Factory on January 23, with funds going to NSW RFS, WIRES, Australian Red Cross and the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
LANKS has announced a tour of Australia in 2020, with 50% of all profits going to bushfire relief and feat renewables fund.
John Butler, Stella Donnelly, San Cisco and The Waifs are performing at The Fremantle Centre for Fire Aid on February 31.
At Rosemount Hotel in Perth, With Love From WA will see sets from Drapht, Katy Steele, Big Orange, Demon Days and many more.
Band Together features Regurgitator, Being Jane Lane, Dicklord and more on Saturday, January 25 at The Zoo, Brisbane.
Seaworks in Williamstown, Melbourne is set to host Golden Features, Running Touch, Motez, Willaris K and more dance sets to raise money as part of Bushfire Appeal – Day Party.
It takes place on Sunday, February 9.
Fire Fund will see Hockey Dad joined by Tumbleweed, Shining Bird and Dune Rats DJs down at Windang Bowl Club on January 24.
Wolfmother, Jackson Carrol, Bernard Fanning, Tim Rogers and more are banding together for two Make It Rain – Fun The Firies 2020 concerts at the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay on 8-9 Jan.
Grill For Good has been announced by musician Mac DeMarco, taking place at Victoria Park this Sunday, January 12.
The all-ages gig will also feature performances by lice Skye, Amyl and The Sniffers, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Laura Jean, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and more.
Megan Washington, Matt Corby, and The Kite String Tangle are coming together to perform at Raise ‘Em Up.
The gig will take place at The Tivoli in Brisbane on Saturday, January 25.
Down To Earth – A Fire and Climate Relief Concert is set to take place in Melbourne this February at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
A massive lineup of triple j favourites will include Gang Of Youths, Tash Sultana, Angus and Julia Stone, Jack River, Thelma Plum, Briggs, and Ruby Fields.
Gang Of Youths / by Gavin Batty
Profits from tickets, bar and merch at the show will be donated to fire relief via Red Cross and WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service).
Some money will also be set aside for as well organisations focusing on long-term solutions and education including Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, and Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation.
Also in Victoria, Collingwood’s The Gasometer Hotel is set to host a Music That Matters – Bushfire Benefit on Thursday, January 14.
A huge bill has been announced for the gig, including Julia Jacklin, GL, Good Morning, Romy Vager (RVG), Harvey Sutherland (DJ Set) Eilish Gilligan, Batts & heaps more.
100% of funds from the show will be donated directly to the RFS, CFA, WIRES & The Fire Relief Fund For First Nations Communities.
Meanwhile, Aussie singer and actor John Waters has announced FireAid2020, featuring Daryl Braithwaite, John Paul Young, Megan Washington, Jack Jones, Margaret Urlich, Leo Sayer, Stewart D’Arrietta and Justine Clarke.
Waters has organised the gig specifically to his assist his local community in the Southern Highlands region, and FireAid will take place on Friday, January 24 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.
Hobart is also getting its own fundraiser, with Luca Brasi headlining their More Than Thoughts & Prayers Fundraiser.
Taking place at Room For A Pony, the show will see sets from Sorin, Bec Stephens and DJ Sexy Lucy. All bar profits, ticket sales, merch sales and staff wages will go to the Red Cross Bushfire Apeal.
Viral Aussie producer and DJ Fisher has announced he’ll throw his own headline show at Sydney’s Ivy on Sunday, January 12.
Heavy rockers The Amity Affliction are putting on a show in Melbourne on January 20.
ORIGINAL STORY: TEG Dainty and TEG Live have announced Fire Fight Australia, to take place at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on February 16.
As predicted, Queen and Adam Lambert have been locked in to headline the show, while Alice Cooper and K.D. lang round out the international guests.
Local acts to play include Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods, ICEHOUSE, Illy, Jessica Mauboy, John Farnham, Lee Kernaghan, Olivia Newton-John, Peking Duk, Pete Murray and Tina Arena.
Queen & Adam Lambert / Ticketek NZ Twitter
“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.
Another Sydney gig will feature Regurgitator, Custard and Dan Sultan, with Sydney Festival organising the Sydney Bushfire Appeal Show for January 11.
Taking place at The Metro Theatre, Neptune Power Foundation, Polish Club and Art Vs. Science will all perform – with all funds raised going to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal and WIRES.
“Sydney Festival is part of our community and we have been heartened by the response of artists involved in this year’s festival to show support to all those involved in keeping our community safe and giving people hope,” said Sydney Festival director Wesley Enoch.
“We know Climate Change is real. We’re living it and our communities are living it and artists can help make a difference. Putting on this concert is our small way of helping raise much-needed funds for those suffering the effects of this unprecedented fire season.”
The same evening will see The Enmore Theatre host City Loves Country – A Fire Fundraiser, featuring some of Australia’s best hip hop acts.
Hilltop Hoods / Supplied
Nooky, Thundamentals, Hoodzy, Hermitude, Horrorshow, Rebecca Hatch, Joyride, Jazmine Nikitta and Kilimi will feature, with the venue upgraded from the Factory Theatre due to demand.
Money raised will go to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities. All proceeds will be donated, and organisers are encouraging punters to pledge an additional (optional) $50 on top of their ticket fee.
The original Wiggles will reunite for their own bushfire relief show, with proceeds going to Australian Red Cross and WIRES.
The over 18s show will see Anthony Field, Murray Cook, Greg Page and Jeff Fatt perform together at Castle Hill RSL.
“People can drink whatever they like and sing along to Joannie Works With Five Hammers!” Field told 2GB’s Erin Molan.
“We’ve got some firies coming down from the Newcastle area. We want them to take the applause on behalf of all the firies.
“They’re really looking forward to it too, just getting out there and I suppose just for an hour or two forgetting about what they’ve been doing and seeing, and put a bit of a smile on their face too.”
Fresh off sweeping the 2019 ARIA Awards, Tones And I has announced her own bushfire benefit concert.
She’ll perform at 170 Russell on January 38, with 100% of proceeds going to Red Cross, RFS and CFA.
Tones will be joined by Adrian Eagle and a bunch of surprise guests. “This is a chance for us to support the firies and all the families that are affected by the bush fires,” she said.