Mar 15, 2009

Sound Relief raises more than $5 million for bushfire and flood victims

The Sound Relief concerts in Sydney and Melbourne have raised more than $5 million for the victims of the Victorian bushfires and the Queensland floods, organisers say.

A spokeswoman for promoter Michael Gudinski on Sunday said the 80,000 who braved the torrential rain to attend the show at the Melbourne Cricket Ground made history as being the single-biggest paying audience ever at an Australian concert event.
ll the money raised at the MCG will go to helping those who survived the devastating February 7 bushfires while the money raised at the Sydney Cricket Ground concert will be split 50-50 between the bushfire victims and those hit by the floods in Queensland.
pop princess Kylie Minogue, who flew in for the gig, wowed the crowd with an a cappella rendition of Peter Allen's unofficial anthem I Still Call Australia Home.

In Sydney, the day started with British group Coldplay opening the show with a set that included a guest appearance from John Farnham performing his hit You're The Voice.

In Melbourne, local rockers Jet opened the day before they flew to Sydney to play there along with Wolfmother, who also performed at both concerts.

Several classic Australian bands reformed especially for the occasion, including Icehouse, Hunters & Collectors, Split Enz and Midnight Oil complete with frontman federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett.
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