All ticketholders for the gig will be contacted by Ticketmaster to have refunds provided. The promoters added that, at this stage, the remaining sold-out A Day on the Green shows in Victoria, at Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley on Friday and Saturday’s Mt Duneed Estate in Geelong, “will go ahead as planned”.
Cold Chisel’s Blood Moon Tour 2020 was pitched as the band’s “first ever outdoor summer tour” when it was announced in October – at the time, frontman Jimmy Barnes noted the unpredictable nature of planning open-air gigs.
“We’ll play rain, hail, shine – we’re going to nail that stage down and then blow it apart. It’s going to take a tornado to stop us playing,” he said at the time.
The bushfire crisis has already led to the cancellation of a number of shows across south-eastern Australia, including last month’s Falls Festival in Lorne and, more controversially, the Sydney Festival’s upcoming Opening Night.
In their stead, benefit concerts – aimed at raising money for relief to communities who’ve been devastated by the fires – are being increasingly organised.
On Monday, leading promoter TEG announced Fire Fight Australia to be held at ANZ Stadium on February 16, set to feature a “stellar line-up of major international and local artists”.
While acts for the benefit are yet to be named, rock legends Queen with Adam Lambert – being toured by TEG at the same time – have been tipped to headline the gig, with a potential feature from Michael Bublé, another of the acts the promoter is touring at the time.
The massive fundraiser joins a list of already organised benefits in support of bushfire victims.
On Saturday, ’90s favourites Regurgitator and Custard will join Dan Sultan, Art vs Science and others for the Sydney Festival Bushfire Appeal show at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. Later in the month, in Melbourne, the original Wiggles will reform to raise funds for Australian Red Cross and wildlife fund WIRES, while chart-topper Tones and I has also announced a bushfire benefit.
Next weekend will also see major comedians Wil Anderson, Becky Lucas, Matt Okine and Aaron Chen take the stage at Sydney’s Giant Dwarf Theatre for a comedy relief show supporting the NSW RFS and WIRES. While Tasmanian locals Luca Brasi will also raise funds for the state’s firies this Friday.
Robert Moran is a culture reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age