These are difficult times for Australians. Summer always brings fires. The hotter the season, the worse the blazes. The late months of 2019 and early 2020, however, have been disastrous.
Police in New South Wales, the worst affected state, on Wednesday (Jan. 8) confirmed the 20th death from the current fire season. At least five others have lost their lives around the country, as fire fighters battle blazes whipped up by fierce winds and exacerbated by bone-dry conditions.
Here’s a snapshot of how the music community is battling. And how it’s responding.
The Lorne leg of Falls Festival was canceled just ahead of New Year’s Eve:
Sydney Festival show Opening Night was controversially scrapped:
Cold Chisel’s A Day On The Green show in Rutherglen was scrapped due to hazardous conditions:
The fight back! Artists and live music professionals from around the country chip-in with benefit concerts:
The Make It Rain -- Fund the Firies 2020 fundraisers take place Jan. 8 and 9 in Byron Bay (bidding on the Make It Rain auction closes Jan. 17).
The biggest names in music will work stadiums for Sound Relief 2020. And Fire Fight Australia:
Artists and celebrities are digging deep: