Media Release from TEG Dainty and TEG Live
TEG Dainty and TEG Live are thrilled to announce that Channel Seven and Foxtel have joined forces to broadcast FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA (#FireFightAustralia) live, inviting all Australians to come together as the music industry’s best unite to raise money for national bushfire relief.
The leading broadcasters will present the 10-hour sold out concert live (AEDT) from Stadium Australia, Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday, 16 February featuring a cavalcade of international and local music icons.
FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA will air on Channel Seven and Foxtel from 1pm on 16 February with online coverage on Foxtel Now and 7plus throughout the event.
Viewers will be encouraged to donate via www.firefightaustralia.com to support those whose lives have been impacted by the worst bushfire season in living memory. Donations will go to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Fire Fight Fund*.
FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA will feature global rock legends Queen + Adam Lambert, global superstar Michael Bublé (exclusive live cross performance), Grammy award winning Canadian singer songwriter k.d. lang, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper along with a cavalcade of Australian music industry heavy weights (in alphabetical order); 5 Seconds of Summer, Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods, ICEHOUSE, Illy, Jessica Mauboy, John Farnham, Lee Kernaghan, Olivia Newton-John, Peking Duk, Pete Murray, Tina Arena and William Barton.
The concert will be hosted by writer, actor and comedian Celeste Barber, who has already raised more than $50 million towards bushfire relief through her own record-breaking online appeal.
Ms Barber said: “I’m so pumped, honoured and completely overwhelmed to be hosting the FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA concert. It’s going to be such an amazing event that’s being broadcast across Australia (hi, Mum!) and I am so excited to be a part of it. We really want to help lift spirits, band together and raise some much-needed funds for the bush fire relief.”
TEG CEO Geoff Jones said: “In the three weeks since we announced FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA, the response has been fantastic. Seven and Foxtel’s generous offer to co-fund a telecast gives all Australians the chance to watch these wonderful artists share one stage for the same cause – and a further opportunity to help Australians whose lives have been turned upside down by this appalling national tragedy.”
Natalie Egleton, CEO of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), which partners with philanthropists, governments and businesses to support rural, regional and remote communities, said: “We are thrilled to be the charity partner for the televised broadcast of the FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA Concert for National Bushfire Relief. FRRR is grateful for everyone’s continued generosity and sense of community. Experience matters and from our work over the last 14 years supporting local communities in rural, regional and remote areas in their recovery from disasters, we know that the recovery will be a marathon; not a sprint. FRRR will be there to support communities on the long road ahead, providing funding for locally-identified needs throughout their recovery.”
Seven Managing Director and CEO James Warburton said: “We’re proud to be partnering with TEG and Foxtel on the broadcast of FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA. The tremendous response to this concert demonstrates the willingness of Australians to support each other in their times of need. We’re looking forward to uniting with our partners to fund the production of this special, one-off concert, ensuring national reach to help raise funds to support bushfire relief.”
Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany said: “We are incredibly pleased to be part of this amazing effort by the entertainment industry, our partners TEG Dainty, TEG Live and Seven, and all of the local and international artists who have come together to provide a helping hand to communities affected by the devastating bushfires Australia is continuing to experience. Helping drive donations through our broadcast is another way Foxtel can show its support for people impacted by the fires.” Fans can follow the event here on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
All concert ticket profits will go towards key organisations providing vital Rescue, Relief & Recovery and Rehabilitation:
RESCUE: Rural and regional fire & rescue services in affected states;
RELIEF & RECOVERY: Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery; and
REHABILITATION: RSPCA Bushfire Appeal.
*All donations made throughout the broadcast will go directly to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Fire Fight Fund to ensure local community groups can access support throughout their recovery journey, when the time is right for them. For more information visit: https://www.frrr.org.au/FRRR-Fire-Fight-Fund or email [email protected].