The Southbound fire fundraiser held last night at HBF Stadium was a huge success with almost 3,500 fans converging on the venue and more than $150,000 raised for bushfire relief.

  •  More than $150,000 raised for Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund 


Acting Premier Kim Hames today thanked everyone who made the event a success, including the various local and international acts and the fans who turned up at short notice.

Dr Hames said following the cancellation of Southbound Festival in Busselton, VenuesWest and Sunset Events had less than 48 hours to put together a concert featuring many of the headline acts from the original event.

The fundraiser kicked off with Koi Child followed by San Cisco, Birds of Toyko, Bloc Party then Disclosure, interspersed with local and international DJs who included members of Django Django and Oh Wonder.

The Acting Premier said while it would take several days to settle the financial result from the event, early indications estimate that more than $150,000 would be raised for the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund - Waroona and Districts Fire Appeal 2016.

"It was wonderful to see so many people rallying to help fellow West Australians affected by the devastating South-West bush fires," he said.

"To put together a concert for 3,500 people in under two days is an amazing achievement. I commend everyone involved. Staff at VenuesWest were overwhelmed with offers of support from businesses across a range of industries.  Without their support this event would not have been so successful."

Many companies offered their services at short notice including AEG Ogden, Audio Technic, Buswest, Coca Cola Amatil, Concert and Corporate Productions, Direct Brand Distributors, HOBAN Recruitment, Lounge Backline, Perth Ice Works, Quayclean, Radlink, St John Ambulance, Sea Containers Perth, Spotless, Ticketmaster and Ultimo Catering.

"Of course the event would not have been possible without the involvement of the bands, all offering their time to support the cause. Several of the bands had to regroup, flying in to Perth from around the country after Southbound was cancelled," Dr Hames said.

The Acting Premier also thanked other State Government agencies including the Public Transport Authority, the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor and WA Police for their co-operation and fast response.

Fact File

  • For information on how to donate to the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund - Waroona and Districts Fire Appeal 2016, visit www.appealswa.org.au
  • VenuesWest is Western Australia's provider of premier sports, recreation and entertainment venues 

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