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Kevin Parker, Courtney Barnett, The Wiggles And More Set for ‘Music From The Home Front’ Concert Special

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala
Djeneba Aduayom

Kevin Parker photographed on Jan. 7, 2020 in Los Angeles.

Tame Impala maestro Kevin Parker, Courtney Barnett, The Wiggles, Marlon Williams, Vance Joy and Tim Minchin lead a starry lineup for Music From The Home Front, a televised concert spectacular set for this Saturday.

Other big names confirmed include Dean Lewis, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly and Delta Goodrem, who performed last weekend for the historic One World: Together at Home benefit concert.

Unlike One World, the Australasian event exists to pay tribute to those working at the frontline fighting the novel coronavirus, and servicemen and women from Down Under, who are remembered every year on Anzac Day, April 25.

“It is no secret that, alongside many Aussie and Kiwis, the music industry has been hard hit by COVID-19,” reads a statement on the special, issued Thursday (April 23). “For this very reason Music From The Home Front has chosen not to run this event as a fundraiser when many in the community are counting every dollar they have.”

For the first time since the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, local Anzac Day services won’t take place this year, due to the Morrison government's strict social distancing measures.

So, Michael Gudinski hatched a plan. The Mushroom Group and Frontier Touring chief made the calls and hastily assembled some of finest talent in these parts, with some help from legendary Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes, who will perform on the night.

“Our countries are so far away,” Gudinski tells Billboard, “and our musicians are always there (to help). Australia has just been through fire and floods. This is the third knockout.”

Music From The Home Front will kick off this Saturday from 7.30pm AEST in Australia on free-to-air Nine (and 9Now) and at 9.30pm NZST in New Zealand on Three (and ThreeNow).

Australia’s federal and state leaders have been supportive of the concert, Gudinski explains, and RSL Australia, a national network for those who have served or are serving in the Defence Force, has given its blessing.

“In times when the same spirit that underpinned the Anzac tradition is combating the COVID-19 menace, the RSL is proud to be associated with this fabulous initiative,” a statement reads.

With a little more than two days to go, Gudinski is focusing his attention on “quality and the artists,” and a bunch of additional artists will be announced ahead of the broadcast.

“We’ve got iconic songs with some different versions. Some huge stars, obviously, and some surprises on the night,” he enthuses. “It’s going to be warm. It’ll send a strong message, it’ll honor the Anzacs and the frontline workers who are risking their lives every day. This is about hope.”

Details on the concert’s streaming partner will be announced shortly.

For more details visit musicfromthehomefront.com.au. Profits from sales of merch will go to Support Act (Australia) or MusicHelpsLive (New Zealand).

See the complete lineup below

Amy & George Sheppard Andrew Farriss (INXS)
Archie Roach
Ben Lee
Birds of Tokyo with West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Bliss N Eso
Colin Hay
Courtney Barnett
Crowded House
Dave Dobbyn
Dean Lewis
Delta Goodrem
Diesel
DMA’s
Emma Donovan
G Flip
Guy Sebastian
Ian Moss
Jack River
James Morrison
James Reyne
Jess Hitchcock
Jimmy Barnes
John Schumann & the Vagabond Crew
Jon Stevens
Kate Ceberano
Kevin Parker (Tame Impala)
Lee Kernaghan
Lime Cordiale
Mahalia Barnes
Mark Seymour
Marlon Williams
Missy Higgins
Paul Kelly
Ruel
Shane Howard
The Rubens
The Wiggles
Tim Minchin
Tones And I
Troy Cassar-Daley
Vance Joy
Vera Blue
Vika & Linda Bull
Vince Harder
William Barton

Event hosts

Christian O’Connell
David Campbell
Delta Goodrem
Guy Sebastian