Charity show Sound Relief returns

The first Sound Relief ran in Melbourne and Sydney on March 14 2009 and raised $8 million.

The proceeds went to the victims of Black Saturday in Victoria and disastrous floods in Queensland.

The original Sound Relief Twitter account was reactivated last night, with its first action being to re-tweet Elton John’s $1 million donation to the bushfire appeal.

A new Instagram account was also launched for the brand.

Sound Relief 2 is being organised by Michael Gudinski’s Frontier Touring and Michael Chugg’s Chugg Entertainment, who worked together on the original event, as well as the local arm of touring giant Live Nation — putting aside previous rivalry.


While no dates or artists have been announced, it is expected to take place in Sydney and Melbourne in March.

Chugg, who is touring Elton John, may try and get the superstar involved.

His farewell Australian tour ends on March 7 in Sydney, and his next date is in America on March 26.

Melbourne music fans at the MCG’s Sound Relief in 2009. Pic: Tim CarrafaSource:News Limited

A potential wishlist of acts could include artists toured by the promoters who played the first Sound Relief including Midnight Oil, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Split Enz, Paul Kelly, Hunters & Collectors and John Farnham.

Live Nation have a close relationship with Pink, who donated $500,000 to the bushfire fund last week – the singer is currently on a break after finishing her latest world tour.

The original Sound Relief took place at the MCG in Melbourne and the Sydney Cricket Ground.

80,000 people attended in Melbourne, and 40,000 in Sydney, with bands playing for free and many event staff working for free. Sound Relief went on to spawn a music DVD which went five times platinum.

Gudinski said the event was “probably the proudest moment” of his career.

“So many people co-operated to keep the costs down,” Gudinski said.

“It’s the biggest music event in Australian history as far as making money goes. We didn’t do a telethon or anything like that.”

Delta Goodrem's Let it Rain. Pic: Supplied

Delta Goodrem’s Let it Rain. Pic: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Sound Relief reactivate their Twitter page. Pic: Twitter

Sound Relief reactivate their Twitter page. Pic: TwitterSource:Supplied

Chugg said the original Sound Relief proved how the music industry could unite in times of disaster. “We were raising money for hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been shattered by some pretty horrendous situations. We don’t come together to do these things very often. This really galvanised everyone to work together. With an industry that’s so competitive and sometimes so divisive, to get everyone together to work under the one roof and pull something like this off is pretty special.”

Meanwhile the tribute concerts continue to roll out – and sell out. Tones And I’s show at 180 Russell on January 28 sold out in two minutes.

Music That Matters at the Gasometer next Tuesday, with Julia Jacklin, Jade Imagine, GL, and more, also sold out.

Gang of Youths, Angus and Julia Stone, Briggs, Tash Sultana, Thelma Plum, Jack River, Ruby Fields will play Down to Earth, a fire and climate relief concert at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on February 26, starting at 2pm. All of the profits will be donated via Red Cross and WIRES.

‘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.,” the artists said in a statement.

Sound Relief have launched an Instagram site – the social media platform didn’t exist back in 2009. Pic: Instagram

Sound Relief have launched an Instagram site – the social media platform didn’t exist back in 2009. Pic: InstagramSource:Supplied

Tickets go on sale 10am Thursday from Ticketek.

Meanwhile Delta Goodrem has released a song called Let it Rain, written in response to watching the bushfires ravage Australia.

After posting the song on Instagram, Goodrem released the song this morning with all proceeds of the song going to bushfire relief.

Fire Fight Australia was announced earlier this week, a benefit show at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on February 16.

The concert takes place the day after Queen and Adam Lambert’s show at the same venue and is being staged by the same promoter.

Gang Of Youths’ Dave Le'aupepe – the band will play Down to Earth. Picture: Jay Wennington

Gang Of Youths’ Dave Le’aupepe – the band will play Down to Earth. Picture: Jay WenningtonSource:Supplied





Hilltop Hoods, Michael Buble and Goodrem have been linked to the event, with full details expected to be released shortly.

Fire Fight Australia is also tipped to be aired live on a commercial TV network, where viewers can donate money.

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