– By Jessica Thomas
It’s devastating that as we begin another Australian summer many of those living in the South West have encountered the unfortunate effects of bushfires. Once again the West Australian community and the music community have banded together to help those in need.
Southbound acts Disclosure, Bloc Party, and Birds of Tokyo played a bushfire benefit gig at HBF Stadium over the weekend. The Southbound Fire Fundraiser featured various bands from the Busselton music festival, which was cancelled due to bushfires. All proceeds from the six-hour event were donated to the bushfire appeal.
Southbound promoter David Chitty said there was a lot of support to hold a charity concert featuring acts scheduled to play at the music festival. Mr Chitty said while Southbound organisers were disappointed to cancel the event, they were overwhelmed by the support of concertgoers, musicians, and the local community.
Due to open its gates to 10,000 campers at midday on Friday, Southbound was cancelled on Thursday evening when organisers decided it was too dangerous to have thousands of music fans on the road from Perth to Busselton while the bushfires were ongoing. Southbound ticket holders overwhelmed the festival’s organisers with many of them offering to donate their ticket refund to those affected by the bushfires.
As well as Sunday’s charity fundraiser there was another fundraiser on Saturday night in Northbridge at Jack Rabbit Slims. This show included acts such as Scottish alternative hip-hop group Young Fathers, Fremantle ensemble Koi Child, and newcomers Verge Collection. All door takings went to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund.
Local musicians Timothy Nelson and Davey Craddock held a fundraiser at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Saturday night, featuring none other than Ruby Boots.
And rather than seeing good food and beverages go to waste, Southbound organisers worked alongside Ultimo Catering and Events to deliver meals to evacuation centres in the South West.
Photo Credit: Southbound