Gang of Youths, Tash Sultana, Thelma Plum and more unite for fire relief concert
As the bushfire crisis rages on, the Australian music industry continues to rally behind those affected with many banding together to do their bit. From donating profits of record sales and merch to putting on special fundraising gigs, everyone is doing what they can to help support the crisis and also call for action from the government.
The latest event to be announced this morning comes in the form of ‘Down To Earth’, an enormous line up happening in Melbourne on February 26th, according to triple J.
Angus & Julia Stone, Briggs, Gang of Youths, Jack River, Ruby Fields, Tash Sultana and Thelma Plum will all be taking to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in late February for the “fire and climate relief concert”. The show kicks off at 2pm and promises to include a whole stack of special guests to make this stellar line up even more impressive.
The acts on the line up also took the opportunity to share a joint statement along with the announcement of the show, saying, “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, 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.”
Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning, Thursday 9th January at 10am AEDT via Ticketek, and 100% of profits from ticket sales as well as bar and merch at the show will be donated directly to fire relief charities via Red Cross and WIRES. Funds will also be donated to organisations focusing on long-term solutions and education as well to ensure pressure is continued to be applied on making sure we have plans in place for the future. These organisations include Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, and Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation.
Words by Emma Jones
Image (L-R): Jack River via Facebook, Gang of Youths by Claudia Ciapocha via The Music, Thelma Plum via Facebook)