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    The music community unite for two very special benefit concerts

    Feb 24, 2009

    SATURDAY MARCH 14, 2009 – MCG & SCG Sound Relief Logo

    The devastation of the current Victorian bushfires has left few unaffected. In response to our nation’s greatest ever natural disaster, Australia’s music community have banded together for two stadium benefit concerts scheduled to run simultaneously in both Melbourne and Sydney on Saturday March 14, 2009 under the unified banner of SOUND RELIEF.

    Michael Gudinski, Managing Director of The Frontier Touring Company said, “The Sound Relief concerts are for the survivors of the bushfires. The sad reality is that rebuilding their lives and communities will be a lengthy and costly process. It has been phenomenal seeing everyone pull together in this horrific time. Without doubt these concerts will be once in a lifetime events that will live on in the memories of everyone who attends.”

    Michael Chugg, Managing Director of Chugg Entertainment said, “Around the world, some of the words that are used to describe Australians include “big hearted”, “generous”, “battlers and “troopers”. These concerts will honour all of those characteristics of the Australian people, both those who have suffered so much through this terrible tragedy, but also saluting the heroes who fought against the fires, and the courageous people whose fight is just beginning. With the help of the Australian music community, these concerts hope to bring people together, not just on the hallowed turf of the MCG and SCG, but around the country as we share the joy of live music. We will remember those who have lost so much, and celebrate the heroes of this devastating story.”

    Both concerts will be held in their city’s most iconic venue; in Melbourne at the MCG and in Sydney at the SCG. 

    Some of Australia’s most legendary artists will be joined by leading International and domestic chart-toppers. In city by city, alphabetical order the line-ups are:

    MELBOURNE                                                            SYDNEY
    Augie March                                                               Coldplay (ACOUSTIC) 
    Bliss N Eso with Paris Wells                                 Eskimo Joe
    Gabriella Cilmi                                                          Hoodoo Gurus
    Hunters & Collectors                                               Icehouse 
    Kasey Chambers& Shane Nicholson                 Jet
    w/ Troy Cassar-Daly                                                Josh Pyke                                   
    Jack Johnson                                                           Little Birdy
    Jet                                                                               The Presets
    Kings Of Leon                                                           Wolfmother
    Liam Finn                                                                   You Am I
    Midnight Oil                                                                + more acts to be announced   
    Paul Kelly    
    Split Enz 
    Wolfmother
      
    The concerts will be a celebration of multiple music genres, with artists playing short sets packed with hits. Concert goers are encouraged to attend the concerts from start to finish as major artists will be spread across the bill right from the very start of the day.

    Coldplay and Kings Of Leon, who both have sold out concerts on March 14 in Sydney and Melbourne respectively, have kindly donated time from their busy schedules to perform three to four songs in the early afternoon.

    Tickets will be sold for $75 and will go on sale from Ticketek (132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au) on Wednesday March 4, 2009 at 9.00am.  General admission standing on the field and reserved seating in the stands will be available for both concerts. 

    One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Melbourne concert will be donated to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal. 

    For the Sydney concert 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal and 50% will be donated to The Premier's Disaster Relief Fund Appeal in Queensland to aid the victims of the Queensland floods.

    Particular thanks is extended to the Victorian Premier’s Department, Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria for their magnanimous decision to move the Sheffield Shield final out of the MCG, in turn freeing this iconic venue to be used for the Melbourne Sound Relief concert.

    Tickets to Sound Relief go on sale from Ticketek (132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au) on Wednesday March 4 at 9.00am.  Get in quick for what is set to be a once in a lifetime concert event.

    SOUND RELIEF
    SATURDAY MARCH 14, 2009
    MELBOURNE – MCG
    & SYDNEY – SCG
    TICKETS FROM TICKETEK 132 849
    WWW.TICKETEK.COM.AU