Band aid so­lu­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Jes­sica Nico

IN 1985, one mu­si­cal event tried to change the world.

Live Aid had an es­ti­mated global au­di­ence of 1.9 bil­lion as the big­gest mu­si­cians of the day looked to bring the world to­gether to raise funds and aware­ness for the hun­gry in Africa.

Al­most 30 years to the day, a col­lec­tion of mu­si­cians will con­verge on Fre­man­tle, bring­ing the likes of Fred­die Mer­cury, U2 and INXS back to the stage for Freo Aid.

The brain­child of ‘80s trib­ute band Oats Sup­ply, in­clud­ing Mos­man Park gui­tarist Ian Camp­bell, will raise money for dis­ad­van­taged youth in the area as­sisted by the City of Fre­man­tle and the Fre­man­tle Foun­da­tion.

Oats Sup­ply mem­ber An­gelo Saxon said Live Aid was the ul­ti­mate event in the ‘80s and now the “jewel in the crown of ’80s nos­tal­gia”.

He said the Fre­man­tle Foun­da­tion was a great or­gan­i­sa­tion and they were proud to have the op­por­tu­nity to raise funds for Fre­man­tle’s un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren.

“The line-up is awe­some: we have SXNI de­liv­er­ing a mem­o­rable set inspired by Aussie le­gends INXS, we have Bono, also known as Steve Parkin, as MC and we have Oats Sup­ply bring­ing the night to a cli­max, de­liv­er­ing an in­spir­ing trib­ute to all things ’80s and the artists who gave their time for Live Aid,” he said.

“Pun­ters can ex­pect to come in cos­tume to at­tend a night of high nos­tal­gia, com­edy and awe­some live mu­sic, as well as be­ing trans­ported back to 1985.

“They’ll re­live a piv­otal mo­ment in history and share it with a heav­ing pas­tel-clad gag­gle of like-minded brethren.

“Freo Aid will be a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to dress up and celebrate a his­toric event with a very fes­tive crowd.”

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