'You Are Not Alone': Almost $10 Million Raised At Star-Studded Bushfire Relief Concert
Tens of thousands of people poured into Sydney's ANZ stadium on Sunday for a star-studded relief concert, in a massive show of support for those affected by the summer's bushfire crisis.
More than 70,000 people turned out for Fire Fight Australia, which raised more than $9 million.
All of the ticket profits are intended for groups which are helping fire-ravaged communities get back on their feet.
The concert, which sold out in just 24 hours, was hosted by comedian Celeste Barber, who has raised more than $50 million for bushfire relief.
Barber became emotional when thanking the volunteer firefighters who sacrificed their time to battle the catastrophic blazes, saying, "You will never know how grateful we are."
"Our volunteers across this entire country, they are the ones who saved us," Barber told the crowd.
"They are the ones who cancel holidays to stay here and look after us, and I will speak now very confidently on behalf of a nation when I say to those volunteers: thank you."
Barber also fired a shot at the government for its handling of the bushfire crisis.
"As Aussies, we band together because we have to look after each other -- because it turns out people at the top don't," she said to cheers from the crowd.
Rock legends Queen with Adam Lambert repeated the band's iconic 1985 Live Aid set for the roaring crowd, with Alice Cooper, Ronan Keating and singer-songwriter k.d. lang also performing.
Lambert said their involvement was a "no-brainer" while Keating, whose brother-in-law is a volunteer firefighter in Queensland, flew into the country especially for the concert.
"I wanted people in Australia to know that we heard you, and that you weren't alone," Keating told the Seven Network.
"That was really important to me, that I could be here and perform or do whatever just to stand in solidarity".
Andrea Gartside decided to attend the nine-hour concert with her friend Maureen Mackie to support the firefighters after the unprecedented fire season.
"We're doing our part in helping," she told AAP at ANZ stadium.
"It's going to be awesome ... it's great that it's bringing everyone together for a good cause."
Lisa Yasso travelled from central Queensland to see Queen perform again.
"It's an awesome cause," she said.
Popular Australian acts spanning generations were also on show, including 5 Seconds of Summer, Amy Shark, Daryl Braithwaite, Baker Boy, Delta Goodrem, Jessica Mauboy, John Farnham, and Lee Kernaghan.
Olivia Newton-John ended her two-year performing hiatus to sing alongside John Farnham at the event for a cause she described as “phenomenal” .
Fire Fight's profits will be shared between the Red Cross' disaster relief and recovery fund, rural and regional fire services and the RSPCA's bushfire appeal.