Mu­si­cians rally to sup­port fire vic­tims

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

PERTH’S mu­si­cal com­mu­nity has united in an ef­fort to sup­port the dev­as­tat­ing loss of an en­tire com­mu­nity last month.

Bayswa­ter mu­si­cian Daren Reid – front­man of pop­u­lar cor­po­rate event band Daren Reid and the Soul City Groove – helped rally lo­cal and na­tional tal­ent for a re­lief con­cert at Glouces­ter Park this Sun­day.

The We Care South-West Bush­fire Re­lief Con­cert will in­clude lo­cal and es­tab­lished acts, with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing the Lord Mayor’s Dis­tress Re­lief Fund.

“I started do­ing con­cert pro­mo­tion at an early age,” Reid said.

“One of the rea­sons why it’s rel­e­vant to us is be­cause one of our guys lost ev­ery­thing in Yar­loop and I was for­tu­nate enough to know the peo­ple who had the key skills to help.”

Howie John­stone, drum­mer of band Dave Warner’s from the Sub­urbs, lost his Yar­loop home in the blaze.

Reid said the out­door con­cert, which will fea­ture four stages and eight hours of en­ter­tain­ment, was a mas­sive un­der­tak­ing.

“Just for the labour and equip­ment hire, a con­cert like this costs about $350,000,” he said.

“We want to show the vic­tims we care, so give gen­er­ously; it’s very easy to come in and en­joy the fam­ily friendly at­mos­phere.”

One of the four con­cert stages will be fam­ily themed and at­ten­dees can bring pic­nic bas­kets but not al­co­hol.

“Glouces­ter Park is a fan- tas­tic venue and it’s prob­a­bly go­ing to be the big­gest ever fam­ily event in Perth,” Reid said.

“We want to raise as much money as we can.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d449249

Daren Reid, Damien Cripps, Peter Cas­trilli, Su­mari Botha, Mark Gale, Jamie Mer­canti and Terry Car­cione.

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