Gang of Youths to play fire/climate benefit concert in Melbourne

Gang of Youths has joined forces with a handful of Australian artists to create and perform at Down To Earth – A Fire and Climate Relief Concert. It’ll happen on February 26 at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, and tickets go on sale this Thursday (Jan. 9) at Ticket.com.au.

It’s one of several similar concerts that have happened — or will happen soon — in response to the worst fire season Australia has seen in decades. The latest info I can find online at the moment is that the fires have burned an estimated 18 million acres of land and killed 24 people.

The artists involved in this concert, as well as their management and support teams, are all donating their time and talents — 100% of the proceeds will be distributed to five groups involved in various fire- and climate-related work: Red Cross, WIRES, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, and Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation.

Other artists on the bill include Angus & Julia Stone, Briggs, Jack River, Ruby Fields, Tash Sultana, and Thelma Plum.┬áThere’s also mention of special guests appearing throughout the day.

Late last week, Gang of Youths announced that it would donate all profits from official merchandise sales on its website to help raise money to support the fight against the bushfires.