Hey Marshall Street fam, I’m back again this week with a gig guide of sorts, but a good one at that. As we all know by now, NSW, Victoria and other parts of our beautiful country are being torn apart by bushfires. This is happening for a myriad of reasons and arguably could have been prevented. The devastation the fires have caused has been unimaginable; all of the homes, animals and communities lost that will be rebuilding long after the fires stop. It’s heartwarming to see people from all over the world come together and donate to help us pick up the pieces when this is all over, even if it is bittersweet.
I don’t want to get political on the ol’ Marshall Street blog, because music is music and I’m here to write about that, not about my opinions on Scomo or our sad excuse for a government. I’ve been amazed at the arts community of Australia during this time, and what we are able to achieve when we all come together. I’m here today to talk about what benefit events are taking place around Australia to help with bushfire relief.
Noteworthy past events…
Halsey – Dec 29th 2019
I need to first talk about Halsey, who put an entire show together in like 2 hours after Falls Festival Lorne got cancelled on the morning of Day 2. Tickets were $30, and all proceeds went to charity. Her and her incredible team worked damn hard to pull that off, and it was an amazing night. Her energy was electric. We were lucky enough to get tickets, and get a booth with a view at the amazing Forum Theatre in Melbourne. Halsey addressed the fires and what she was going to do to help, which was met with thunderous cheers.
It drove home the scale of the issue for me, as this was the first real international support for us that I had witnessed, right before things started ramping up to a global level.
Peking Duk – Dec 29th 2019
On the same night, Peking Duk put on a show at The Espy, with G Flip, Tones and I and more special guests showing up on the night. They raised $50,000 that was split equally between the Victoria, NSW and QLD fire departments. This was a massive effort, and from what I hear it was an insane crowd and the energy was unmatched, which I believe, given the venue, the talent and the general vibe around Melbourne on this night. I wish I could have been in 2 places at once.
G Flip also put on her own last minute show at the Northcote Social Club on Dec 30, which I strongly considered going to, but unfortunately didn’t make.
Stand Up For Bushfire Relief – Jan 20th, 2020
I wish I’d gone to this huge night of comedy at the Palais Theatre last Monday. Featuring Wil Anderson, Hannah Gadsby, Cal Wilson, Em Rusciano and more, it was almost a mini Comedy Festival teaser. I love comedy and it’s even better when you get to see multiple comics, one after the other. They all bounce off each other, make fun around the hard issues and provide some relief, not just for the fires, but for us too.
On top of this, The Wiggles did a thing, and it almost killed the yellow one, bars and restaurants all around the country are doing deals, and the Australian Open is doing Aces for Bushfire Relief.
Comedy for Bushfire Relief – 26th Jan, 2020
Head down to The Comic’s Lounge on Australia Day to catch some comedy from big names such as Dave Hughes, Wil Anderson (he’s pulling out all the stops), Peter Helliar and more. All proceeds are going to the Red Cross, and if you need a laugh to forget all the shit going on, even for a moment, this one’s for you.
Care Package – Feb 2nd, 2020
Care Package is going to be an amazing night, not just because of the huge lineup of talent, but because it’s all local artists that have pooled their resources and come together to put this on. It’s being held at The Rubix Warehouse in Brunswick, and tickets are $20. You’ll see a huge variety of Melbourne artists and DJs, and 100% of ticket sales will be donated to Lucky Stars Sanctuary. You can also donate extra on the night. A few people I know are playing, so make sure you get down there and show them some love!
Fire Fight Australia – Feb 16th, 2020
This one’s a biggie. Being held at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, this huge event will run from 1pm until late, and you’ll see the likes of Amy Shark, Hilltop Hoods, Queen, Darryl Braithwaite and heaps more. Safe to say, this guy is SOLD OUT. I’m not sure how exactly this event is going to run, with that many acts in one stadium. It seems like it’ll be a bit of a marathon, and something that would have been better planned as a festival of sorts, with multiple stages. It will be interesting to see how this goes.
Down to Earth – Feb 26th, 2020
I’m proud to say I will be attending Down to Earth, a daytime event at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl with a festival-worthy lineup. Including Gang of Youths, Thelma Plum, Angus & Julia Stone and more, its needless to say this event sold out immediately. I’m probably most excited to see Tash Sultana, it’s been a couple of years since I last saw her, and Gang of Youths, who I have never had the pleasure of seeing live.
If you guys want to help out in any way, but don’t know what to do, do yourself a favour and go to one of these events if you can. There’s also some amazing instagram pages set up to promote small business in bushfire affected areas. Some of my favourite include @emptyesky and @spendwiththem, so go check those out if you’re wanting to lend a hand in other ways.
Once again, I’m truly amazed by the power of people, and how we can pull together in times of need and be so selfless. Thank you to everyone who has donated or done something to help, no matter how big or small. Everything matters and everything helps.