Published: Mon, February 17, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

TEG reports Fire Fight Australia raises $9.5m for bushfire relief

TEG reports Fire Fight Australia raises $9.5m for bushfire relief

This weekend saw more than 75,000 fans crowd ANZ Stadium for the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert, with organisers announcing the total donations from the event to be sitting at $9.5 million late on Sunday evening.

The roster of those performing live includes Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods, Icehouse, Illy, Jessica Mauboy, John Farnham, Lee Kernaghan, Peking Duk, Pete Murray, Tina Arena and William Barton.

The big drawcard to the huge concert, Queen with Adam Lambert performed the exact same setlist from the charity concert, Live Aid for the first time since the iconic 1985 gig.

The concert, which sold out in just 24 hours, was hosted by comedian Celeste Barber, who has raised more than $50 million for bushfire relief.

'As Aussies, we band together because we have to look after each other - because it turns out people at the top don't, ' she said to cheers from the crowd.

"We wish you all the best for the rebuild and have a good evening".

Masterfully commanding the stage for 22 minutes, Freddie (Mercury), Brian (May), Roger (Taylor) and John (Deacon) truly conquered the globe with a performance that continues until today - almost 35 years on - to be regarded as one of the greatest live performances of all time.

Celeste Barber during the Fire Fight Australia relief concert. Image AAP
Celeste Barber during the Fire Fight Australia relief concert. Image AAP

For those looking for more ways to help, please consider donating to the relief effort here.

Andrea Gartside chose to attend the nine-hour concert with her friend Maureen Mackie to support the firefighters after the unprecedented fire season.

Brian May (left) and Adam Lambert of Queen performs during the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert.

'We're doing our part in helping, ' she told AAP at ANZ stadium.

John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John perform to tens of thousands at Fire Fight Australia.

Donations to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal were also accepted during the concert, to fund grants for community-led projects needing support in the bushfires' aftermath.

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