The 2019/2020 Australian summer has been one that has felt heartbreakingly different. With devastating bushfires raging across the country with thousands of people losing their homes, 33 people losing their lives and over a billion of wildlife deaths too, it’s been a really dark time in Australian history.
While the Government has been under heavy criticism for their lack of support and their lack of acknowledging and understanding of just how devastating these fires have been, it has been incredible to see the country coming together to make a real difference.
With so many fundraisers being set up and initiatives being put into place to raise the money that these affected areas and emergency services need to aide the ongoing disaster, it’s been a great reminder of how much pure love is in our communities.
To help raise money for the Bushfire relief appeal, Brisbane’s most iconic music venue, The Tivoli, put on a special show that saw 100% of all ticket, bar and merchandise profits donated to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, WIRES – The NSW Wildlife Information Rescue & Education Services and The First Nations Fire Relief Fund.
Enlisting a huge line up of Australian favourites including Matt Corby, The Kite String Tangle, Odette, Megan Washington, Ngaiire, Hatchie, Asha Jeffries and more, they came together to be a part of a very special SOLD OUT evening that saw Brisbane giving back.
With food trucks filling out the carpark, heaps of merch and raffle options in the foyer, and a seamless bar line happening, there were heaps of ways to give back throughout the night. And then across the main theatre stage and the new ‘What’s Golden’ stage, the entertainment was pretty special with it all commencing from 5pm and wrapping up at midnight.
Megan Washington delivered a intimate and incredibly special little performance on the ‘What’s Golden’ stage as she sat at her keyboard and played a rare b-side, ‘Fighting The Good Fight’, as well as a new unreleased track called ‘Achilles Heart’.
Over on the main stage, Hatchie was ready to bring her polished indie-pop sound to the excited crowd and with some sound issues plaguing the opening song ‘Try’, she shook it off and delivered a shiny and fun set.
With only a short set allotted, Hatchie and her band powered through fan favourites like ‘Her Own Heart’, ‘Kiss the Stars’ and ‘Sure’, and sonically lifted the energy before some intimate stripped back performances graced the stage.
It’s not often that you get to see Matt Corby play a stripped back show in a theatre as beautiful and intimate as The Tivoli, but tonight’s event allowed for some magic to be created. Taking to the stage to huge screams and applause, Corby sat at the piano for a beautifully raw rendition of ‘All Fired Up’ before welcoming his pianist Harry on stage to accompany him.
Picking up his acoustic guitar, he welcomingly performed ‘Resolution’, ‘Brother’ and ‘Miracle Love’ which created some beautiful singalong’s. His set was very short and sweet but also acted as a very special heavyweight to the event as it was an incredibly raw moment of seeing Matt Corby play intimately for a very important cause.
Nervously following that set up, Odette thanked the crowd for selling out the show and supporting a really important time in Australian history. Performing by herself on the piano, she performed stripped back renditions of ‘Collide’, ‘Lotus Eaters’, ‘Take It To The Heart’ and ‘Watch Me Read You’.
Urging the crowd to do whatever they can to make a difference in this current state of the world, she revealed that she has recently gone vegan to try make as much of an impact she can to the environment.
Bringing some more soul to The Tivoli stage, Ngaiire walked out onto the stage with a shimmering gold jacket and belted out ‘Once’ and ‘Fall Into My Arms’ while Megan Washington accompanied her on the piano.
Sonically and aesthetically, this was a very different side to Ngaiire than what we usually get to see in her live show with her full live band. But her soaring vocals are so captivating, and she had you immediately in awe and feeling every emotional lyric.
Closing out this special night, The Kite String Tangle covered the venue in a kaleidoscope of colours with songs like ‘Arcadia’, ‘This Thing We Got’ and ‘Killing Time’ soundtracking the aesthetically pleasing closing vibes.
Through the power of music, this sold out event was a perfect example of the good we can do when we all come together, and the change we can have if we all stand up and action a change.
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Photos by Claudia Bill