Tame Impala maestro Kevin Parker, Courtney Barnett, The Wiggles, Marlon Williams, Vance Joy and Tim Minchin lead a starry line-up for Music From The Home Front, a televised concert spectacular set for this coming Saturday.
Other big names confirmed include Dean Lewis, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly and Delta Goodrem, who performed last weekend for the historic ‘One World: Together at Home’ benefit concert.
Unlike ‘One World’, the Australasian event is happening to pay tribute to those working at the frontline fighting the novel coronavirus, and servicemen and women from Down Under, who are remembered every year on Anzac Day, 25 April.
“It is no secret that, alongside many Aussie and Kiwis, the music industry has been hard hit by COVID-19,” reads a statement on the special, issued Thursday (April 23). “For this very reason Music From The Home Front has chosen not to run this event as a fundraiser when many in the community are counting every dollar they have.”
For the first time since the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, local Anzac Day services won’t take place this year, due to the Morrison government’s strict social distancing measures. Instead, Michael Gudinski hatched a plan. The Mushroom Group and Frontier Touring chief made the calls and hastily assembled some of finest talent in these parts, with some help from legendary Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes, who will perform on the night.
“Our countries are so far away,” Gudinski told Billboard, “and our musicians are always there (to help). Australia has just been through fire and floods. This is the third knockout.”
Music From The Home Front will kick off this Saturday from 7.30pm AEST in Australia on free-to-air Nine (and 9Now) and at 9.30pm NZST in New Zealand on Three (and ThreeNow).
“We’ve got iconic songs with some different versions”, Gudinski said. “Some huge stars, obviously, and some surprises on the night. It’s going to be warm. It’ll send a strong message, it’ll honour the Anzacs and the frontline workers who are risking their lives every day. This is about hope.”
Details on the concert’s streaming partner will be announced shortly. Visit the event’s official website for further information.