Eleven years ago, charity festival Sound Relief assembled a lineup featuring the likes of Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, The Presets, Taylor Swift, Midnight Oil, Kings of Leon and more to help raise money for relief efforts of the2009 Victoria bushfires and flood victims in Queensland.
The festival gained worldwide coverage saw charity support from across the globe. Hosted at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sound Relief 2009 hosted memorable performances from the biggest acts on the planet; all while supporting a great cause.
In 2020, Sound Relief will officially return to address the current bushfire crisis throughout Australia.
“In response to the devastating bushfires currently sweeping across the country, the Australian Music Community will band together once again under the unified banner of Sound Relief 2020” – Sound Relief
If the last edition was anything to go by, it’ll be pretty monumental, so keep an eye out for more information to come.
In response to the devastating bushfires currently sweeping across the country, the Australian Music Community will band together once again under the unified banner of Sound Relief 2020. Stay tuned for more information soon.
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— Sound Relief Australia (@soundreliefau) January 8, 2020
Update: January 29, 2020
It is with regret that the organisers of Sound Relief have decided not to proceed with concerts in March as originally planned. The outpouring of support by the Australian and International community in response to the devastation of the bushfires has been both incredibly humbling and moving, illustrated by the significant funds that have been donated to date.
Since announcing our intention to undertake Sound Relief 2020 the offer of assistance from International and Domestic artists, industry, media and suppliers has been second to none. However Sound Relief is a series of concert events that we don’t wish to stage lightly and after careful consideration, we believe proceeding with the concerts in March won’t produce the impactful result that we believe these events can – and should – have.
We appreciate that there has been a huge amount of anticipation and desire from the public to support these concerts. In the past few months, we have seen fires, heartbreaking loss of life, ongoing drought, extreme storms, record temperatures, flooding and the devastation of our wildlife. It is clear that there is no overnight fix for the issues our beautiful country is currently facing, and our discussions for any future event are subsequently shifting to restoration, recovery and prevention and a view to maximising results to best benefit these areas.