Today, a collective of some of Australia’s most beloved artists have announced they are coming together for Down To Earth – A Fire and Climate Relief Concert. The event will take place on Wednesday 26 February at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, featuring performances by Angus and Julia Stone, Briggs, Gang Of Youths, Jack River, Ruby Fields, Tash Sultana and Thelma Plum.
A joint statement from the group said ‘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, and 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.’
With 100% of profits being donated, the event will raise much needed funds for immediate fire relief via Red Cross and WIRES, as well as funding organisations that focus on long term solutions, education and leadership for the fire and climate emergency in Australia.
‘We believe a holistic response to fire relief and future protection is what the youth of Australia are calling for. As well as immediate fire relief, we value the long term needs of small communities, the knowledge of First Nations people, and the need for climate action.’
In addition to raising funds for the Red Cross, Down To Earth will also support WIRES, providing rescue and rehabilitation for all native Australian animals; Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, who are taking action to tackle climate change; Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal who facilitate support for communities preparing and recovering from disasters; and Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation (Firesticks) who deliver an Indigenous led Cultural Fire program to support affected communities and countries.
Kicking off at 2pm, artists will be performing a selection of their most popular tracks, with guest appearances throughout the day.
Down to Earth is made possible thanks to the waiving of fees and commissions by all performing artists, Lemon Tree Music, Mirror Music Group, Handsome Tours, Arts Centre Melbourne, OneMusic Australia and many other contributing organisations. In addition to ticketed income, all bar and merchandise profits will also be donated. Additional opportunities for donation to the partner charities will be available at the event. Down To Earth will also be working with Green Music Australia to reduce the event’s environmental impact.
Wednesday 26th February
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Gates from 2pm
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