|Created by||Michael Gudinski|
Hamish & Andy
Kings of Leon
Bliss N Eso
Hunters & Collectors
Architecture in Helsinki
You Am I
|Country of origin||Australia|
|Production location(s)||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia|
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
|Camera setup||Multi camera|
|Running time||12:10 until 22:30 (Melbourne)|
12:15 until 22:30 (Sydney)
|Original network||MAX (Sydney)|
Channel [V] (Melbourne)
|Picture format||SDTV 576i|
|Original release||14 March 2009|
Sound Relief was a multi-venue rock music concert held on 14 March 2009, which was announced by the Premier of Victoria, John Brumby on 24 February 2009. The event was organised by Michael Gudinski, Michael Chugg, Amanda Pelman, Joe Segreto & Tom Lang of IMC/Homebake Festival and Mark Pope to raise funds for those affected by the February 2009 Victorian bushfires.
The event was held simultaneously at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Sydney Cricket Ground. All the proceeds from the Melbourne Concert and half of the proceeds of the Sydney Concert went to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal. The other half of the Sydney proceeds went to the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal to help flood victims.
A special presentation was held midway through the concerts, with a satellite link between the two venues. At this time, Kylie Minogue, at the Melbourne event, performed "I Still Call Australia Home" and Australian actress Toni Collette introducing Princes William and Harry who sent their support via satellite. The Princes' speech at Sound Relief was their first ever to the nation and as such, made Australian Constitutional history. Jet and Wolfmother flew interstate to play at both concerts.
Hunters & Collectors reunited for the first time in over 10 years for the concert. The finale of the show was Midnight Oil who had reformed to perform on the Melbourne stage at the MCG. Lead singer Peter Garrett, was then also Australia's Minister for Environment and the Arts.
Some members of Crowded House made a surprise appearance with Liam Finn to perform three of their hits. Kings of Leon chose not to perform their popular No. 1 hit, Sex on Fire, out of respect for the bushfire victims. Footage was released on DVD on 9 October. It contains partial 9-hour footage of the concert but every artist who performed at the event is represented. The DVD debuted at No. 2 in the Australian ARIA Top 40 DVDs, has been certified 5× Platinum.
A number of celebrities shared the MC duties between performances, including music industry icon Molly Meldrum, music producer and event co-organiser Michael Gudinski, Victorian premier John Brumby, skateboarder Tony Hawk and announcers from a range of radio stations, including Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee, Hamish & Andy and Red Symons.
The line-up for the Sydney concert featured:
Coldplay singer Chris Martin memorably ran into the crowd towards the end of their song "Fix You" and did not make it back for the end of the song, but the crowd continued to sing anyway. Once he made it back to the stage he then repeated the end of the song, but was so exhausted that he let the crowd sing the final line. He was then unwell after the performance and spent the afternoon vomiting, still managing to play a second show that night.
Eskimo Joe, Wolfmother and Jet all premiered new songs that had not been released yet. Eskimo Joe sung "Foreign Land" and "Inshalla", Wolfmother sang "Back Round" and Jet sang "She's A Genius".
Little Birdy sang "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" in Sydney and Split Enz would sing it at Melbourne later that night. While Jet and Wolfmother played most of their songs at both concerts, this was the only song to be played at both concerts by two separate artists.
The Presets performed parts of their song during the middle of a lightning storm.
On radio, the ABC's youth radio network Triple J produced a feed syndicated to commercial radio networks for free, with acts from both concerts produced by the station's live music team. Aside from the station itself, the feed was aired on the Austereo-owned Triple M Network, the Macquarie Regional RadioWorks-owned LocalWorks network, and the DMG Radio Australia-owned Nova and Vega networks.