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:: Spotlight :: SOUND RELIEF - The Australian music community comes together for two very special benefit concerts

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The devastation of the current Victorian bushfires has left few unaffected. In response to our nation’s greatest ever natural disaster, Australia’s music community have banded together for two stadium benefit concerts scheduled to run simultaneously in both Melbourne and Sydney on Saturday, March 14, 2009 under the unified banner of SOUND RELIEF. Melbourne's event will be staged at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, while Sydney's will be at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Michael Gudinski, Managing Director of the Frontier Touring Company said: “The Sound Relief concerts are for the survivors of the bushfires. The sad reality is that rebuilding their lives and communities will be a lengthy and costly process. It has been phenomenal seeing everyone pull together in this horrific time. Without doubt these concerts will be once in a lifetime events that will live on in the memories of everyone who attends.”

Michael Chugg, Managing Director of Chugg Entertainment said: “Around the world, some of the words that are used to describe Australians include “big hearted”, “generous”, “battlers and “troopers”. These concerts will honour all of those characteristics of the Australian people, both those who have suffered so much through this terrible tragedy, but also saluting the heroes who fought against the fires, and the courageous people whose fight is just beginning. With the help of the Australian music community, these concerts hope to bring people together, not just on the hallowed turf of the MCG and SCG, but around the country as we share the joy of live music. We will remember those who have lost so much, and celebrate the heroes of this devastating story.”

Some of Australia’s most legendary artists will be joined by leading International and Domestic charttoppers. Artists who appeared at the media launch were Tim Finn (part of a reforming Split Enz) - pictured, Nic Cester (Jet), Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother), Mark Seymour (part of a reforming Hunters & Collectors), and Kasey Chambers.

The Victorian Premier John Brumby gave a further insight into the magnitude of the bushfires tragedy and thanked the music industry for their tremendous effort in coming together for this event.

Here is the line-up for each city (alphabetical order):

Augie March
Bliss N Eso with Paris Wells
Gabriella Cilmi
Hunters & Collectors
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson with Troy Cassar-Daly
Jack Johnson
Kings Of Leon
Liam Finn
Midnight Oil
Paul Kelly
Split Enz

Architecture In Helsinki
Barry Gibb
Eskimo Joe
Hoodoo Gurus
Josh Pyke
Little Birdy
Taylor Swift
The Presets
You Am I
+ more to be announced

Australia’s leading pop princess Kylie Minogue has also confirmed that she will take time out from her hectic work schedule, flying in to Melbourne on the day of Sound Relief, to appear as a special guest MC.

Jet and Wolfmother will begin the proceedings in one city, then will fly to the other city to wrap up the show.

The concerts will be a celebration of multiple music genres, with artists playing short sets packed with hits. Concert goers are encouraged to attend the concerts from start to finish as major artists will be spread across the bill right from the very start of the day.

Coldplay and Kings Of Leon, who both have sold out concerts on March 14 in Sydney and Melbourne respectively, have kindly donated time from their busy schedules to perform 3-4 songs in the early afternoon.

Tickets will be sold for $75 and will go on sale from Ticketek or phone 132 849 on Wednesday March 4, 2009 at 9.00am.
GA Standing on the field and reserved seating in the stands will be available for both concerts.

100% of the profits from the Melbourne concert will be donated to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

For the Sydney concert 50% of the profits will be donated to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal and 50% will be donated to The Premier's Disaster Relief Fund Appeal to aid the victims of the Queensland floods.

Get in quick for what is set to be a once in a lifetime concert event.


Legendary entertainer Barry Gibb (of the Bee Gees) has confirmed his appearance as the special closing act for the Sydney concert.

Barry has always retained a close spiritual connection with Australia and said, “I am truly proud and honoured to be a small part of such an incredible event. I shall be there with wings on my heels to help in any way I can the victims of this terrible disaster, let’s make it count for all of them. I’m coming home.”


*** Running times and order are a guide only and subject to change without notice ***

11.00AM - Gates Open
12:15PM - Coldplay
1:00PM - Wolfmother
1:45PM - Hoodoo Gurus
2:30PM - Little Birdy
3:05PM - Architecture In Helsinki
3:40PM - You Am I
4:25PM - Josh Pyke
4:55PM - Marcia Hines (Special Performance)
5:30PM - Taylor Swift
6:15PM - Eskimo Joe
7:05PM - Jet
7:45PM - Special Announcement & One Minute’s Silence
8:00PM - The Presets
8:50PM - Icehouse
9:40PM - Barry Gibb (Performing the Hits with his superstar big band)
10.30PM - Finish

*** Running times and order are a guide only and subject to change without notice ***

10.00AM - Gates Open
12:10PM - Jet
12:55PM - Gabriella Cilmi
1:40PM - Kings Of Leon
2:20PM - Paul Kelly
3:05PM - Augie March
3:50PM - Bliss N Eso with Paris Wells
4:35PM - Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson with Troy Cassar-Daley
5:30PM - Liam Finn
6:20PM - Jack Johnson
7:00PM - Wolfmother
7:45PM - Special Announcement & One Minute’s Silence
8:00PM - Hunters & Collectors
8:55PM - Split Enz
9:50PM - Midnight Oil
10.30PM - Finish

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