TEG Dainty and TEG Live announced that the national response to the Fire Fight Australia concert has exceeded their ticket expectations, with over 65,000 tickets sold in under five hours.
The concert is slated to take place at ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday, February 16 to raise money to support the bush fire relief in the country. When tickets went on sale this morning, there was an overwhelming demand, with interest from fans across Australia. Now, the promoters are working with the venue to release as many tickets as possible in order to drive sales over 70,000. TEG Media noted in a press release that the “unprecedented national interest with fans from all corners of the country securing tickets is a true sign of solidarity and support for the bush fire relief.”
Rock legends Queen and Adam Lambert will headline the event, just a day after performing in Sydney for a sold-out show the previous night on their Rhapsody Tour. Olivia Newton-John, Alice Cooper, and KD Lang will also headline the massive concert at the 83,500-seat stadium, followed by acts like Australian music stars Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, ICEHOUSE, and William Barton, among others. Aussie comedian and actress Celeste Barber will emcee the nine-hour event; Barber already helped raise $50 million toward the fire relief through a Facebook fundraiser.
All concert ticket profits will go toward key organizations helping with the fire relief, including rural and fire services in affected states, Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, and the RSPCA Bushfire Appeal. Fans who are unable to attend the event or looking to donate more can visit firefightaustralia.com.
Since September, bush fires have plagued the country, burning more than 15 million acres across the country as a part of Australia’s worst fire seasons in history. The fires broke out amid a record-breaking heat wave and is the cause behind deaths of at least 28 people and over one billion animals. A handful of concerts have been cancelled due to the fires, but more benefit concerts are in-the-works, including Sound Relief Australia, which will hold its first benefit concert since 2009 in late February or early March. A handful of artists have also donated to the cause, including Pink, Elton John, and Metallica.