Bands, fans rally to help vic­tims

Western Suburbs Weekly - - MUSIC - By KATE LEAVER

SOUTH­BOUND or­gan­is­ers had less than 48 hours to plan a fundrais­ing event on Sun­day af­ter the fes­ti­val, meant to be held last week­end, was can­celled be­cause of bush­fires.

About 3500 mu­sic fans at­tended the con­cert at HBF Sta­dium to see lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional acts and raised over $150,000 for those af­fected by the fires.

South­bound di­rec­tor David Chitty said Sun­set events staff were over­whelmed by the in­put from the com­mu­nity.

“Lo­cal busi­nesses, sup­pli­ers, staff and our lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists dropped ev­ery­thing to make this event hap­pen last night,” Mr Chitty said.

“The peo­ple of WA wasted no time throw­ing their sup­port and money be­hind this event to help out our friends in the South-West through this dev­as­tat­ing time.”

Orig­i­nally on the South­bound bill, Fre­man­tle band San Cisco joined fel­low Perth band Koi Child for the event.

San Cisco drum­mer Scar­lett Stevens said she was in­spired to see so many peo­ple come to­gether af­ter the pop­u­lar fes­ti­val was can­celled last Thurs­day night.

“We chose to be a part of it to show our sup­port for ev­ery­one in the South-West, an area all of us in the band have a strong affin­ity with,” Ms Stevens said.

“It was re­ally nice to see so many mu­si­cians both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists make some­thing pos­i­tive out of such a ter­ri­ble English band Band Bloc Party with vol­un­teers. event. The crowd seemed very re­cep­tive and I think ev­ery­one was just stoked that there was still an event they could go to in light of the can­cel­la­tion.”

VenuesWest chair­man Richard Muir­head said it was won­der­ful to see so many peo­ple ral­ly­ing to help fel­low West Aus­tralians af­fected by the dev­as­tat­ing South West bush fires.

“To put to­gether a con­cert for 3500 peo­ple in un­der two days is an amaz­ing achieve­ment and I com­mend ev­ery­one in­volved,” Mr Muir­head said.

Min­darie res­i­dent Laura Thomas said the event was in­ti­mate and re­laxed.

“When Perth band Birds of Tokyo played Lanterns you could feel the emo­tions of the crowd, ev­ery­one was singing along to­gether and the band or­gan­ised a slideshow of im­ages that made us all re­mem­ber why we were at­tend­ing the event,” Ms Thomas said.

“Ev­ery­one in the crowd re­ally loved see­ing some of their favourite artists show their com­pas­sion­ate side.”

A Sun­set events spokes­woman said many South­bound pa­trons vol­un­teered to do­nate their ticket re­fund to the cause.

She said in­for­ma­tion on full ticket re­funds would be avail­able by Jan­uary 13.

San Cisco drum­mer Scar­lett Stevens said the com­mu­nity spirit in the wake of the bush­fires was in­spir­ing.

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