Coldplay, Kings of Leon to headline bushfire relief concerts

Article from: Herald Sun

Geraldine Mitchell

February 24, 2009 11:23am

TWO of the world's biggest acts and a re-formed Midnight Oil will headline major bushfire benefit concerts in Melbourne and Sydney.

British superstars Coldplay will join US rock act Kings of Leon to headline the concerts which feature an all-star line-up of Aussie and international acts.

Premier John Brumby today joined promoters and artists to launch bushfire concerts Sound Relief which will be staged simultaneously at the MCG and the SCG on Saturday March 14.

Environment Minister Peter Garrett will make a comeback with band Midnight Oil while iconic Australian act Hunters and Collectors will reform for the Melbourne event.

In a marathon effort, Aussie bands Jet and Wolfmother will perform at both the Sydney and Melbourne concerts.

The line-up for the Melbourne concert includes Augie March, Bliss N Eso with Paris Wells, Gabriella Cilmi, Hunters and Collectors, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson with Troy Cassar-Daly, Jack Johnson, Jet, Kings of Leon, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Split Enz and Wolfmother.

The bill for Sydney’s Sound Relief concert includes Coldplay, Eskimo Joe, Hoodoo Gurus, Icehouse, Jet, Josh Pyke, Little Birdie, The Presets, Wolfmother and You Am I. More acts will be announced for the Sydney concert.

Mr Brumby said all ticket sales proceeds from the Melbourne Sound Relief concert will go to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund.

A 50 per cent share of ticket sales profits from the Sydney Sound Relief will go to the bushfire fund, with the other 50 per cent to go to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund in Queensland to help flood victims.

“We are picking up the pieces after the worst natural disaster in Australia’s history and it is fitting that a concert to raise money to rebuild communities devastated by these fires will also be among the single largest music concert event in our country’s history,” he said.

Tickets will go on sale for $75 at 9am on Wednesday March 4 through Ticketek 132 849.

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Midnight Oil are a great group. but their music is so politically discredible to be played at a Bush Fire Appeal Concercert You only need to watch Countdown or Video Hits to know this country has a great line up of musicians who can support this appeal.

Posted by: Aussie Artists of 8:48am today

All these muscians are donating their time at their own free will, they don't have to do it! To all the wonderful people donating their time to help bush fire victims I'ld like to say thank you. You put my faith back in humanity.

Posted by: a little singed but not burnt of Gippsland 8:00pm February 24, 2009

Is Mr Rudd going to do another act like he did at Kinglake. He'S in everything else.

Posted by: Fiona of Toorak 7:40pm February 24, 2009

The environment must be in pretty good shape or else we'd have to wonder just how big a carbon footprint would such a concert create. I'm also sick and tired of all the giving everyone is continually asked to do. Most bushfire victims will end up being far better off than they were before the fires (particularly those without any insurance). How long will it take the ever-shrinking number of workers to be taxed out of existence by bumbles and kruddles just because they want to "look" compassionate? Enough is enough!

Posted by: compassion is starting to wear thin of 7:09pm February 24, 2009
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