Fire Fight Australia: A “Live Aid-Style” Concert Benefiting Brushfire Disaster Relief

In 1985, the music world offered their talents for the Live Aid super-concert charity to support South African famine relief. The rock band, Queen, was one of the highlights from the Live Aid performances and conversely, the event was a highlight of their stardom.

  Sources claim the Land Down Under has experienced the worst brushfire season on record. Originating in the southeast region of New South Wales back in November 2019, the fires have swept across all six Australian states. Roughly 25.5 million acres have been destroyed, devastating over two-thousand homes and an estimation of one billion animals. To give some perspective, that amount of acreage is comparable to the size of South Korea! The eastern Australian states of Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria account for eighty-four percent of the devastation. Due to the smoke, the capitol city of Sydney (on the Australian east coast of the New South Wales state) recorded the worst pollution it’s ever seen on January 1st, with an air quality index twenty-three times higher than what is considered hazardous. This so much and so problematic that the smoke crept into birthing rooms, stopped MRI machines from working, and triggered respiratory distress in an elderly woman, leading to her death. The pollutant air quality has even affected New Zeland, which is over 1,200 off Australia’s east coast. Their skies, clouds, and glaciers have been uncharacteristically discolored. The smoke haze has even canceled tour operations. With Australia in the midst of summertime and the normal peak of their fire season around late January or early February, their disasters could only continue and worsen.

Over thirty-five years after Live Aid, the music world does it again with Fire Fight Australia, a charity concert for Australia’s brushfire relief efforts taking place Sunday, February 16th. In fact, its even been touted as a “Live Aid-style concert”! And again, Queen (+ Adam Lambert) will take the stage at ANZ Stadium for the event, which comes the day after a show on their Rhapsody Tour. They will be joined by Alice Cooper, Olivia Newton-John, k.d. lang, and many other worldwide and local music icons, some of which have yet to be announced. All proceeds will benefit Australia’s rural and regional fire services, the RSPCA Bushfire appeal, the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery and other organizations.

Concert tickets went on sale January 13th and have unfortunately sold out as of this writing. The Australian-based vendor Ticketek is the only authorized dealer, meaning that tickets purchased from anywhere else are not guaranteed to be valid and offer access to be event. As of the end of January, broadcasts of the event have been announced through Australia’s Channel Seven, Foxtel, and the 7Plus streaming service.

Fire Fight Australia concert promo; image courtesy of Google

Live Aid was an ambitious endeavor for its time, lasting around sixteen hours between two major venues set between majorly different time zones –three venues and zones if you count Oz for Africa held in Australia the day before for that matter. Satellite broadcasting was still fairly new in 1985. Nonetheless around sixty music acts reached over a billion viewers in 110 countries and raised one hundred and fifty million pounds. Thirty-five years later, an international broadcast or live stream of some kind should be no problem. Around twenty-one acts and counting are already confirmed on the Fire Fight Australia bill, and ultimately we have the power of the internet which stars everywhere have used to react or respond to the crisis, sharing heartbreak or urging support on social media. One most significant posts was from Airbourne, an Australian rock band, who tweeted:

“Rockers worldwide – if you haven’t heard yet, Australia is literally burning – the smoke can be seen from space and has even turned the white snow caps over in New Zealand black.

“Too many Aussies have lost their loved ones – they’ve lost homes and livelihoods, and over half a billion animals have met their fate in these devastating fires. 

“Firefighters – a lot of whom are volunteers – and all emergency personnel, including the large number of vets, are going way beyond the call to duty and we thank them with all of our hearts. Australia can’t survive without their staunch, courageous and never-say-die commitment to stopping these fires.

“Any help from you will be greatly appreciated and will go a long way – even just one pound, one euro, one dollar or one peso can help. Every little bit helps rockers – Australia is burning.”

Others have harnessed star power, influence, and/or their own wealth, like Sir Elton John at a recent concert drew attention to the bushfire devastation and pledged one-million dollars for relief efforts. Metallica donated $750,000 and Pink has pledged $50,000. New Jersey deathcore band, Fit for an Autopsy, and Blink-182 have geared merchandise sales towards fundraising. As news of the brushfire disasters have gone global in the last month or so, the calls to action and responses alone, ahead of the concert event itself at that, are what really have been “Live Aid-style”.  

What can you do? Below are links to a few organizations taking donations or to merchandise sales supporting relief efforts or to other information about the disasters or charity efforts. This list just came together from this article’s source material and a little additional research and is by no means comprehensive, but ideally its a starting point for someone interested in lending a hand or knowing more.

https://firefightaustralia.com/#donate -Donates to the Australian Red Cross

https://firefightaustralia.com/product/tshirt/– Purchase an official Fire Fight concert t-shirt; proceeds supporting key organizations providing vital rescue, relief and recovery and rehabilitation

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/support-your-local-brigade – Donates to the New South Whales rural fire service

https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/supporting-cfa#donate-cash – Donates to Country Fire Authority; based in the state of Victoria

https://cfsfoundation.org.au/donate – Donates to Country Fire Service Foundation; supports volunteer firefighters

https://www.wires.org.au/donate/emergency-fund – Donates to WIRES Wildlife Rescue

https://blink-182-uk.myshopify.com/collections/australia-bushfire-appeal – Purchase a Blink-182 brushfire appeal shirt; supports the Australia Zoo (note: shipping is international, but the price is in British pounds)

https://www.facebook.com/pg/FitForAnAutopsyOfficial/shop/?ref=page_internal – Purchase a select Fit for an Autopsy shirt in their Australian wildfire benefit sale; supports World Wildlife Fund Australia

Sound Relief Australia– If you want to try another opportunity for an Australian charity concert, Sound Relief Australia has been a regular event since 2009. Details are still in the works, but said to take place in late February or early March

#australianbushfiredisaster #australiaburning – use these hashtags (or closely related ones) on Twitter or Instagram to share your support or find the most current media on the incident

 

Option 22 Brings Us The Change

 

Option 22 The Change

Option 22 is a brilliant band composed of multi-talented artist. Their latest album, The Change, introduces listeners to a collection of songs that are not only a pleasure to listen to, but that contain important messages for us all! The album cover is calming and gives you a sense of the type of music that is on the album. One of the most interesting things about this album that really sets it apart from others, is it’s ability to entertain while still telling a story.

There is not one song on the album that won’t have you singing along and thinking about it’s message. The band is comprised of some very talented people. Lori McKinney is vocals and drums, Jordan Furrow is drums and guitar, Brandon Dunn is bass, keys and guitar, and Robert Blankenship is guitar, didgeridoo, shamisen, banjo, bass, and keys! With a band that talented, it’s no wonder The Change is such an inspiring album. The opening song on the album is Some Say, and we get the feeling that “many” will be saying that they love this album! One thing is for sure, The Change by Option 22 is a sure hit, and a favorite of everyone at Toast Pop!

The Mixtape

The MixtapeMixes are not that uncommon anymore, with the internet being a conduit for artist and DJ’s alike to celebrate their creative freedom. One mix in particular is making a scene on Vimeo and has already been chosen as a Staff Pick. This mix celebrates over 50 years of the cassette tape by combining classic music with some of the top hits of today’s time. It’s a brilliant combination that we think you will agree, works very well together.

The artist who were featured in this mix were talented, but think about it, the person or people behind making the mix have to be talented as well. To take songs that don’t sound like they would go together well and put them into one song and have it sound fantastic takes a lot of skill! So go ahead and enjoy one of the coolest mixes on the internet!

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Alphabeat Beta Session

Alphabeat Express Non-StopIt’s rare that an artist or band will sound as good as they do on their recorded albums. Alphabeat is one of those bands that is just as “fantastic” in person as on their records. The latest Beta Session featuring them is proof of that. Highlighting songs from their new album Express Non-Stop and their other albums The Spell & This Is Alphabeat, the session was a hit!

With a rapidly growing following of fans from all around the world this was a brilliant way to let all of their fans in on their live music. Already receiving rave reviews from Perez Hilton, the Beta Session featuring Alphabeat is sure to spread like wildfire. Their style of music and well, style in general, is unique and catching the attention of many, including Taylor Swift who has admitted to loving their music. Quit depriving yourself and watch the entire Beta Session with Alphabeat now.

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Alphabeat Express Non-Stop

AlphabeatIf you are a fan of music from the 80s and early 90s then you may have heard of the band Alphabeat. If not, then it’s about time that you have! Alphabeat is a band that is prominent in this day and time, but chooses to model their music and style after the trends of the 80s. With a unique sense of fashion and super catchy beats, Alphabeat is taking the world by storm.

Their new album, Express Non-Stop will be available at the end of the month. While their fan base grows everyday, and the media is scooping up more information on the band, they are all still very down to Earth people with their own individual styles that make Alphabeat something truly unique. With the release of their new single still fresh out, Love Sea is gaining the interest of new and old fans alike, creating quite the buzz around the new album. This group of friends who loves music, style, and just having fun doing what they love, is just as excited as the fans about the new album.

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Chris August & Group1Crew – He Said

Group1Crew & Chris AugustChris August and Group1Crew recently partnered to create a beautiful piece of music for all to enjoy. It’s message is beautiful and holds truth on many levels. It is a constant reminder that we are never alone, though at times it may seem that way. Topping charts, both Chris August and Group1Crew have become hit sensations in the Christian music category. Teaming up for their newest hit, He Said, all artist involved were able to create a fantastic song. The musical talents of these musicians have graced audiences everywhere, now including Toast Pop. Enjoy, and remember no matter how tough things get, you aren’t going through it alone!

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Sophie Koh – Oh My Garden

Sophie Koh - Oh My GardenIn the world of music it’s pretty hard to find new talent. Sometimes that new talent, isn’t really new, but just hasn’t hit it big yet. For those of us here in the United States, we miss out on a lot of artist who aren’t shown to us. That’s right, we hear what is advertised to us for the most part. However, if you are lucky enough to be someone who listens to Indie music, you may have perhaps herd of Sophie Koh, a very talented Australian artist. To celebrate the release and pre-order of her new album, Oh My Garden, an awesome new music video has been unveiled for her song I Understand. If you haven’t herd of her, don’t miss out any longer, we have a really cool song by her right here for you to enjoy. Don’t let this simplistic song and video fool you, the song is very emotional and meaningful, and the video is breathtaking if you give it the chance and watch it all the way to the end. It literally is one of the coolest music videos we have seen in a very long time. It doesn’t take millions of dollars in flashy lights and computer animation to make a memorable music video, and that is proven true here. It just takes thought. So that you don’t get your mind completely blown by the water effect later on in the music video, we have included the behind the scenes and making video for you to enjoy.

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Didi Benami Gasoline

Didi Benami Gasoline New artist and their talent never ceases to amaze us. One new artist making an impression on the music industry is Didi Benami. She just recently released her new single, Gasoline. With inspiring and thought provoking lyrics this song is already making its way across the internet and onto the iPods of many. We are always excited when we find out about an artist who somehow slid under our radar, and Didi is no exception. The lyrics say you can’t fight fire with gasoline, how true. Lyrics are just as important as the voice in my opinion, yet Did has both, fantastic lyrics and a beautiful voice. Don’t miss out on getting her new single, we know we didn’t! For more information or to show your support pay a visit to Didi’s facebook, twitter, or website. Also don’t forget to buy the single which is available on both iTunes and Amazon!

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Owl City Midsummer Station

Owl City Midsummer Station Album ArtWe all had Ocean Eyes for Owl City’s first major album, and began to see All Things Bright And Beautiful after his secoand, is it time to pay a visit to The Midsummer Station? Adam Young of Owl City has revealed the cover art for his new album that is yet to be released. He did so in an odd but fan favorite way, he let them reveal the cover bit by bit through a challenge he presented them. The cover is now public and of course the fans are in awe of the majestic beauty derived from the scene on the cover for his next album. The date is set and August 14, 2012 the world will be able to enjoy yet another journey provided by the tunes created by Owl City.

The OL’ Razzle Dazzle

Missy Higgins: The OL' Razzle DazzleMissy Higgins has become worldwide known for her haunting lyrics and focused vocals. Her newest venture is with her new album set to release in July in the United States, titled The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle. The title speaks volumes in itself, but from what previews the world has been given, the music pertaining to this album is nothing short of breathtaking. More intense and heartfelt than ever, her new album is stirring audiences everywhere. Fans have been invited to take a behind the scenes look at the making of process for this brilliant new album. Missy Higgins seems more connected to the emotions that music brings than ever previously before. Sharing her experiences and personal connection to this album has been part of the process every step of the way. Joining in on the experience is personal friend of Missys’, Butterfly Boucher. For more information head on over to Missy Higgins’ website.