These Musicians & Comics Are Donating To The Bushfire Relief Efforts – Here’s How You Can Too
Australia is burning.
It’s a devastating and heartbreaking time for our country that speaks directly to the need for direct climate action. But with darkness comes light and as the fires rage on we have borne witness to the incredible power of communities coming together.
All across the world, and in many cases with musicians and comedians leading the charge, people have donated millions of dollars for the fire services still battling the blazes.
Here are some musicians and comedians who you can support through merch and gig attendance, while you also show your support to the bushfire relief efforts, along with some incredibly generous donations from a few heavy hitters.
This is not a comprehensive list and will be added to progressively.
“I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz.”
Thanks to coordination efforts by Celeste Barber, the comedian has raised, at the time of writing, almost $35 million for fire services across New South Wales, Victoria and SA, as well as to wildlife care, the families of people who’ve lost their lives in the bushfires, and the Red Cross.
Not only is Nick Kroll, who is currently in the country for a stand-up tour, donating his Sydney and Melbourne fee to fire relief services, he has teamed up with Australian actor Joel Edgerton to launch the #fightfirewithafire campaign.
“Our family’s support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia. We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now.”
“Last year I had the incredible opportunity of visiting some of the many beautiful places in my homeland for the first time. Returning home to such devastation throughout much of the country is heartbreaking. As a family, we’ve donated $500,000 towards the immediate firefighting efforts and the ongoing support which will be required. Big or small, from near or far, any support will help those affected by the devastating bushfires.” See her post here.
“The Rural Fire Service and their volunteers are absolute heroes, and we want to do what we can to help them out, so 100% of all sales from this merch until it’s all sold out will go to the RFS and people in need.”
Metallica and their All Within My Hands Foundation have pledged $750,000, with the US group saying they “are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New South Wales and Victoria”.
US comedian Ellen DeGeneres has launched a GoFundMe fundraiser, aiming to raise $5 million for Red Cross and WIRES. It’s so far raised just over $330,000 at the time of writing. See the fundraiser here.
Parkway Drive are aiming to raise $250,000 for bushfire relief via a new GoFundMe campaign. They donated $50,000 to get the ball rolling!
“We are calling on all fans around the world, even 50c will help,” the band said via Twitter.
A Local Love Affair Who? Magda Bytnerowicz, Lorna Clarkson, Ben Fester, Mike Who, Preacha, Champain Lyf, EdSeven, Ariane, Adi Toohey and Kato Where? Hermanns Bar When? 18 January More details here
Fire Fight Australia Who? Queen, Alice Cooper, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, kd lang, Amy Shark, Hilltop Hoods, Grinspoon, Icehouse, Tina Arena and Peking Duk Where? ANZ Stadium When? 16 February More details here
City <3 Country Who? Hermitude, Horrorshow, Hoodzy, Rebecca Hatch, Joyride, Jazmine Nikitta, Kilimi Where? The Factory Theatre, Sydney When? 11 January More details here
Fire Fund Who? Hockey Dad, Tumbleweed, Dune Rats (DJ Set), Shining Bird, TOTTY, Maddy Jane Where? Club Windang, Wollongong When? 24 January More details here
Sydney Festival Bushfire Appeal Who? Dan Sultan, Polish Club, Custard, Art vs Science, Regurgitator, Neptune Power Federation Where? The Metro Theatre, Sydney When? 11 January More details here
Bushfire Relief Who? Wil Anderson, Matt Okine, Becky Lucas, and more Where? The Giant Dwarf, Sydney When? 18 January More details here
The Original Wiggles Reunion Show For Bushfire Relief Who? The Wiggles Where? Castle Hill RSL When? 18 January More details here
FIREBANNED V – Newcastle Bushfire Benefit Concert Who? Greg Bryce, Piper Butcher, Rose Carleo Band and more Where? The Wickham Park Hotel When? 1 March More details here
Bushfire Benefit Concert Who? Tones & I, Adrian Eagles, special guests Where? 170 Russell When? 28 January More details here
ROCK THE TAVERN – Fundraiser For The Fire Fighters Who? SPY V SPY, DV8 and Urban Guerrillas Where? Jewells Tavern When? 7 March More details here
Bad Fire Fun Raiser Who? The Babe Rainbow, The Family Jordan and Mylee & The Milkshakes Where? The Eltham Hotel When? 10 January More details here
Fire Fundraiser Extravaganza Who? Ngariki LaRoque & The Llonely Llamas, Midway, Deanna Rose, Alexandria, Maddy Clare Lardner and more Where? The Stag & Hunter Hotel When? 26 January More details here
Sweat It Out Who? Barney Cools DJs, Beni, Dangerous Dan, Dolso, Go Freek, Jordy Burrows, Kilter, MC Double D, Nicole Millar, POOLCLVB, Rachel May, Richy Penny, Timothy Love, Tommy Trash, Tori Levett, U Go B, Yolanda Be Cool. Where? The Bucket List Bondi Beach When? 10 January More details here
Bushfire Fundraiser Who? The Other Favorites and Reina del Cid Where? The Basement When? 24 April More details here
Bushfire Fundraiser Who? The Teskey Brothers, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Grace Cummings Where? Thornbury Theatre When? 16 January More details here
EOSM Bushfire Fundraise Who? DJ Dan Fulham, Roger Ramjet, DJ Nee and more Where? Prince Bandroom When? 3 February More details here
Lifting The Vibration Bushfire Fundraiser Who? Andrew De Silva and more Where? The Evelyn Hotel When? 8 February More details here
Bushfire Fundraiser Who? Courtney Barnett, Alice Skye, Camp Cope Where? The Corner Hotel, Melbourne When? 16 & 17 January More details here
A Carry 4 Coins Who? Sampa The Great, Kaiit, Ecca Vandal and more Where? Max Watt’s Melbourne When? 26 February More details here
Damaged Bushfire Relief Who? Hideous Sun Demon, Zombeaches, Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters, Cakefight and Clowns DJs Where? The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar When? 25 January More details here
Catfish Comedy Who? Dave Hughes, Tom Ballard, Claire Hooper, Geraldine Hickey, Ben Knight Where? The Corner Hotel, Melbourne When? 7 January More details here
Stand Up For Bushfire Relief Who? Hannah Gadsby, Wil Anderson, Dave Hughes, Judith Lucy, Tommy Little, Joel Creasey, Cal Wilson, Nick Cody, Rhys Nicholson, Nazeem Hussain, Tom Ballard, Denise Scott, Frank Woodley Where? Palais Theatre When? 20 January More details here
Fundraiser For Fire Affected First Nations Communities Who? Culture Evolves, DRMNGNOW, Djirri Djirri, Kee’ahn, DJ KYAANZ, The Merindas, Monica Karo ft Leonie Whyman, Philly, Soju Gang, Wala Impressions Where? The Gasometer Hotel When? 7 January More details here
Fundraiser for Fire Affected First Nations Communities – Second Show Who? Alice Skye, Diimpa, DJ Kyaanz, DRMNGNOW, Lauren Sheree, Soju Gang Where? Northcote Social Club When? 8 January More details here
Music That Matters – Bushfire Benefit Who? Julia Jacklin, GL, Good Morning, Romy Vager (RVG), Loose Tooth, jade imagine, Elizabeth, Bitch Diesel, Dianas, Leah Senior, Sweet Whirl, The Faculty, Crepes, BATTS, Eilish Gilligan, SNOWY Band, Chitra, Moonlover, el tee + DJ sets between bands from: Harvey Sutherland, Ara Koufax, Shaad, Sullivan and Nkechi Anele Where? The Gastometer Hotel When? 14 January More details here
CFAVIC Fundraiser Who? Lazy Sidekick, Flogs, UBLW and Full Collapse Where? The Workers Club When? 25 January More details here
Bushfire Fundraiser Who? Dumb Whales, Champ Ruby, Gypsy Road and Arabella & The Heist Where? The Workers Club When? 28 January More details here
Bushfire Benefit Show Who? caution:thieves, Modern Divide, The Archanan Where? The Barwon Club Hotel When? 25 January More details here
Make It Rain: A Bushfire Fundraiser Who? Press Club, The Gooch Palms, Columbus, Mid City, Fan Girl, Teenage Dads DJ set Where? Stay Gold Brunswick When? 10 January More details here
Grill For Good Who? Mac DeMarco, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Amyl & The Sniffers, Remi, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Pond, CHAI, Miss Blanks, Laura Jean, Cut Copy, Harvey Sutherland, Soju Gang Where? Victoria Park Abbotsford When? 12 January More details here
Matinee: Bushfire Fundraiser Who? Dani Ella, September Barker, Jimmy Harwood, Earnest Jackson and Indyanna Where? The Workers Club When? 18 January More details here
Muso’s for Bushfire Relief Who? Imogen Price, Nick Anderson, Invy Horn Jam, Maddy May and more Where? Westernport Hotel – San Remo When? 31 January More details here
Bushfire Benefit at The Tote Who? Jen Cloher, Romy Vager (RVG), Sui Zhen, Laí, Jess Ribeiro and Cool Sounds Where? The Tote When? 31 January More details here
Bushfire Benefit at The Tote Who? Total Control, HTRK, Alice Skye, Civic, Disco Junk and The Snakes Where? The Tote When? 1 February More details here
UNITE: Party With A Purpose Bushfire Fundraiser Who? John Course, Andy Murphy, Mobin Master, Butters, Cassettes For Kids, Samual James, Rob Anthony, Lana Gadzhis and more Where? Prince Bandroom When? 18 January More details here
SA Bushfire Benefit Who? The Yearlings Band, Ollie English, Don Morrison, Kelly Menhennett, Courtney Robb & Snooks La Vie (ex Hiptones), Nikko Kipridis (Streamliners), Andra Cordell and Satisfaction – The Stones Show Where? The Gov When? 12 January More details here
The SA Bushfire Relief Variety Show Where? The Gov When? 9 February More details here
Hillstock Bushfire Relief Rock Who? The Masters Apprentices (1965 line-up), Cayenne Crush, Workin’ Overtime, The Matt Hawkins 4, Fishtail Parker, East – a Tribute to Cold Chisel Where? Lot 100 Adelaide Hills When? 12 January More details here
Blaze Aid 2020 Who? Sarah McLeod, Darren Middleton and many, many more Where? The Back Room When? 1 February More details here
Brisbane Unites! A Bushfire Fundraiser Who? Like Thieves, Darkcell, From Crisis To Collapse, Massic, Hammers and more Where? Mansfield Entertainment Centre When? 18 April More details here
We Are ’80s Bushfire Appeal Fundraiser Who? DJ Les-Boss and All-Star ’80s Club DJs Where? Hamilton Hotel When? 26 January More details here
Band Together Who? Regurgitator, Dicklord, Sixfthick, Being Jane Lane, The Gutter Birds Where? The Zoo When? 25 January More details here
Raise ‘Em Up Who? Megan Washington, Matt Corby, The Kite String Tangle, Asha Jefferies, Ngaiire and The Riot Where? The Tivoli When? 25 January More details here
Vinnie’s Dive Red Cross Bushfire Appeal Who? Donny Love, Radolescent, The Disables, The Wrath, Lens, Entrapment, GBU and more Where? Vinnie’s Dive When? 26 January More details here
Ivey’s All Ages Fire Relief Fundraiser Who? Ivey, Tia Gostelow, Daste, DVNA and Citrus Daze Where? Miami Marketta When? 31 January More details here
Crowbar Relaunch Party For Fire Relief! Who? Bugs, Heaps Good Friends, Sweater Curse, Semantics, The Cutaways and more Where? Crowbar Brisbane When? 23 January More details here
More Than Thoughts & Prayers Who? Luca Brasi, Bec Stevens, Sorin Where? Room For A Pony When? 10 January More details here
Bushfire Fundraiser Festival Who? Luke Fox, James Abberley Music, Blue Child Collective and more Where? The River When? 9 February More details here
Australian Wildfires Fundraiser Where? Wild Hop Brewing Company When? 5 February More details here
NSW Volunteer Firefighter Fundraiser Who? TBA Where? Rosemount Hotel When? 1 February More details here
Badlands Bushfire Fundraiser #1 Who? The Kill Devil Hills, Abbe May, The Psychotic Reactions, Noah Dillon and Siobhan Cotchin Where? Badlands Bar When? 17 January More details here
Badlands Bushfire Fundraiser #2 Who? Downsyde, Injured Ninja, Moana, XIII and more Where? Badlands Bar When? 18 January More details here
Kangaroo Island Bushfire Relief Gig Who? Liquid Liquid, Man Sandal and Queency Where? Rosemount Hotel When? 31 January More details here
Fire Aid Who? John Butler, The Waifs, San Cisco, Stella Donnelly Where? Fremantle Arts Centre When? 31 January & 1 February More details here
With Love From WA Who? Drapht, Katy Steele, Great Gable, Dulcie, The Money War, Demon Days & more Where? Rosemount Hotel When? 16 February More details here
Hottest 100 Pool Party – Bushfire Relief Fundraiser Where? Indian Ocean Hotel When? 25 January More details here