Australian mega-charity show Sound Relief has sold out its Melbourne show. Selling more than 78,000 tickets at Melbourne Cricket Ground, the March 14 benefit has become the largest paid concert event in Australian history, according to event co-organizer Michael Gudinski of Frontier Touring Company.

Now, with the production setup finalized, more than 1,000 new Melbourne tickets have been released, and are available through Ticketek.

“It’s just an amazing result,” Gudinski said in a statement. “The lineup is without doubt a once in a lifetime one, but it’s truly impressive how much the Australian public has gotten behind this. It speaks volumes of the passion of our great country – helping a mate in trouble.”

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Aussie mega-star Kylie Minogue has been added as a special guest MC for the event. Other guest performers for the Melbourne benefit include Kings of Leon and Jack Johnson.

Ticket sales have been brisk for Sound Relief‘s sister event on the same day in Sydney that required the release of more tickets to the 50,000 capacity Sydney Cricket Ground.

“This is the type of event that you’ll be telling your grandchildren about many years from now,” co-organizer Michael Chugg, managing director of Chugg Entertainment, added. “New tickets are on sale for Sydney so people should get in quick to make sure they’re part of this historical event.”

Sound Relief was created to help survivors of the devastating Victorian bush fires that occurred in February. All of the profits from the Melbourne concert will be donated to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal. For the Sydney concert, 50 percent of the profits will be donated to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal and 50 percent will be donated to The Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund Appeal in QLD to aid the victims of the Queensland floods.

Last Updated on March 12, 2009