Some of Aussie music’s biggest names are coming together to help raise money for those affected by the flood crisis, with a handful of Flood Aid benefit shows announced earlier this morning.
Planned in response to the devastation experienced by those in the Northern Rivers of NSW and Southeast QLD regions, Secret Sounds have announced a range of fundraising initiatives which aim to assist with recovery across the region. Their goal is raise $1 million in one month, with the commitment that 100% of money raised will go directly to flood affected communities.
While both the Splendour in The Grass and Falls Festival Byron festivals have kicked off the fundraising with a $100k donation each, a number of initiatives have been rolled out in order to aid with the recovery.
Most notably, a trio of fundraising concerts have been announced to take place across the rest of this month. Kicking off on Saturday, March 19th, the Kingscliff Hotel will see performances from the likes of Andy Garvey, Jono Ma, DJ Seinfeld, and most notably, a rare DJ performance from global icon Flume.
The following week, on March 26th, Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall will play host to the likes of Bernard Fanning, The Rubens, and Last Dinosaurs, while the Byron Beach Hotel will feature artists such as Wolfmother, Dune Rats, WAXX, and Tex Perkins & Jez Mead.
“I live in this region,” Secret Sounds Co-Ceo Paul Piticco said in a statement. “My nearest town is Murwillumbah and it has been devastated. Local schools, friends’ homes and businesses, lives and livelihoods all just swept away by the floodwater. This story is repeated in Lismore, Mullumbimby, Coraki, Brisbane and many other communities.
“The recovery, physically and especially mentally, is going to take a long time and will need lots of support so I am very pleased Lifeline is providing targeted and specialised assistance for everyone that has been affected,” he adds.
“It has been an extremely tough two years for the music business but we are still here and still banding together to help our communities. Please join us. Give generously, buy a ticket, buy a shirt, make a bid and support however you can to get these families and towns back on track.”
“This is deeply personal for us,” adds Secret Sounds Co-Ceo Jessica Ducrou. “Many of our team live and operate businesses in the region and some of them have been directly impacted. We have also run our events in the area for decades. We are part of this community and we’re heartbroken to see the pain that’s being felt right across the region.”
In addition to the fundraising concerts, limited edition ‘Where The Muddy Hell Are You’ shirts have been launched, while a Flood Aid auction site has also been created, filled with items and experiences, including VIP tickets to the sold out 2022 Splendour in The Grass festival, and more exclusives.
For full details, including ticketing, merch, or auction details, head to the Secret Sounds website.
Secret Sounds’ Flood Aid
Saturday, March 19th
Kingscliff Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Flume (DJ Set)
Saturday, March 26th
The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Cub Sport (DJ Set)
Saturday, March 26th
Byron Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Tex Perkins & Jez Mead
Mylee & The Milkshakes
Eliza and The Delusionals
Tickets on sale from 12pm AEDT on Thursday, March 17th.