Fire Aid concert brings community to campus

Fire Aid lineup

Thousands of South Australians will today converge on the University of Adelaide for a good cause: the FIRE AID bushfire fundraising concert.

The community event – established by Karma and Crow café and the band Bad//Dreems in partnership with RCC and General Admission Entertainment – will be held on the University’s Barr Smith Lawns, North Terrace campus, from 1.00pm–11.00pm.

Tickets are available via Moshtix.

Funds raised will support the Country Fire Service (CFS) Foundation, BlazeAid, and South Australian Veterinary Management (SAVEM).

Media personalities Ryan Fitzgerald and Dylan Lewis will host the event, which features a long line-up of bands and performers, including: Pond, Bad//Dreems, Children Collide, The Mark of Cain, Tim Rogers, West Thebarton, Hayley Mary, Horror My Friend, Wolf and Cub, Dr Piffle and the Burlap Band, and The Bitter Darlings.

“We started this event because we wanted to do something to help those affected by the bushfires,” says Bad//Dreems lead guitarist Alex Cameron.

“We’ve got our friends involved and everyone is really excited about it. We’re so lucky to get the University of Adelaide involved and to host us on the beautiful Barr Smith Lawns.

“Almost every band on the bill has someone close to them personally affected by fires here or interstate, so it is a cause very dear to all of us,” he says.

Stuart Duckworth, Creative Director of RCC, says: “I’ve never seen such a quick response to a call to action.

“All suppliers for this event and the performers have leapt forward to help out, and the University has been instrumental in showing its support for this event.

“In a way, this concert is a throwback to the original Big Day Out on the uni’s campus, but this time it’s for a well-deserving charitable cause.”

Inga Davis, Chief Executive, External Relations, University of Adelaide, says: “When the Fire Aid organisers approached us about moving the event onto the University’s campus, we didn’t hesitate in saying yes. Enabling access to our campus means that many more concert goers can attend, and more funds can be raised to help those impacted by the fires.

“We are very proud of the event organisers, musicians, Uni Bar staff and University staff who are volunteering their time to put on this event. It’s a great initiative.”

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