Stars Share Excitement For 'Fire Fight' Bushfire Relief Concert
A star-studded list of local and international acts are preparing to give show-stopping performances at 'Fire Fight Australia' to raise money for bushfire relief.
Rock icons, pop stars and rappers are all set to share the stage in Sydney on Sunday for a marathon bushfire relief concert.
More than 70,000 fans are expected at the nine-hour event, with ticket profits set to help fire-ravaged communities get "back on their feet".
Popular Aussie comedian Celeste Barber will host the concert, as her lawyers are reportedly set to meet with NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to "unlock" the $52 million she raised for bushfire relief.
None of the money has been spent due to RFS regulations that state donations must be spent on firefighting equipment and training, not on families or charities, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
“No one is being bad about this, it’s all very amicable, and we will try and see her wishes through,” RFS spokesman Ben Shepherd told the newspaper.
“But, as it stands, the RFS is the beneficiary and we can’t donate money people gave us to other charities.”
Fire Fight Australia kicks off at 1pm AEDT at Sydney's ANZ stadium and will be broadcast live on Channel Seven and FOX8. According to concert organisers, the event sold out within 24 hours of tickets going on sale.
Rock stars Queen and Adam Lambert are headlining, with Alice Cooper, Ronan Keating and k.d. lang also performing. Michael Buble will be beamed in via satellite from his concert in Melbourne.
The international acts will be joined by popular Australian artists like 5 Seconds of Summer, Amy Shark, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Grinspoon, John Farnham, Lee Kernaghan, Olivia Newton-John and more.
Fire Fight's profits will reportedly be shared between the Red Cross' disaster relief and recovery fund, rural and regional fire services and the RSPCA's bushfire appeal.
Donations to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal will also be accepted during the concert to fund grants for community-led projects needing support in the aftermath of the bushfires.
Earlier this week, the NSW RFS announced all bush and grass fires in the state had been contained for the first time this season due to heavy rainfall.
The announcement came after months of fires across the country left at least 28 people dead, about 3,000 homes destroyed and up to one billion animals affected.