From the Premier of Victoria


Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Some of the music industry’s biggest names will come together in major benefit concerts in Melbourne and Sydney to raise money for communities affected by Victoria’s devastating bushfires, Premier John Brumby, announced today.


Mr Brumby joined promoters and artists to launch bushfire concert Sound Relief, to be staged on Saturday 14 March, simultaneously at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground. 

“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 events in our country’s history,” Mr Brumby said.

“These horrific fires have taken family, friends, neighbours and workmates and this concert will give people a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a great day out knowing that they are directly helping in the vital task of rebuilding.

“I congratulate music promoters who have so generously donated their services to organise this benefit and the artists who have so kindly donated their time to perform – it is acts like this that re-affirm that in these, the very worst of times, we are also seeing the very best of human nature.

“I also want to thank the MCC, Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria for their support for this concert in agreeing to move the Sheffield Shield final to allow the concert to proceed at the MCG on this date. The MCG is our most iconic venue and also has the largest capacity – we want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend the Sound Relief concert.” 

Sound Relief is being produced by Chugg Entertainment, Mushroom Group, Frontier Touring, Mark Pope Music and International Music Concepts.

All ticket sale proceeds from the Melbourne Sound Relief concert will go to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, a partnership between the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments and Australian Red Cross.

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

Artists on the bill for Melbourne include: Augie March, Bliss N Eso with Paris Wells, Gabriella Cilmi, Hunters and Collectors, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson with Troy Cassar-Daly, Jack Johnson, Jet, Kings of Leon, Liam Finn, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Split Enz and Wolfmother.

The bill for Sydney’s Sound Relief includes: Coldplay, Eskimo Joe, Hoodoo Gurus, Icehouse, Jet, Josh Pyke, Little Birdy, The Presets, Wolfmother and You Am I.

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