It was an incredible feat to pull off — 10 hours, 22 acts and over $11 million raised for bushfire relief. One year on, Foxtel is marking the anniversary of Fire Fight Australia with a special highlights package of the history-making concert this weekend.
Hosted by writer, actor and comedian Celeste Barber in front of a crowd of over 75,000 at ANZ Stadium, Fire Fight Australia featured a spectacular line-up of local and international artists coming together to raise money after the devastating bushfires that swept across large parts of Australia. Presented by TEG Dainty and TEG Live, the sell-out event was broadcast live and in full on Foxtel.
Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, said: “ Fire Fight Australia was one of the most significant moments in Australian entertainment history. This was a day that Australia united and supported each other, raising an extraordinary $11.1 million dollars for bushfire relief. One year on, we’re proud to celebrate this incredible event, reliving the best performances from the day.”
The two-hour anniversary special will feature Queen and Adam Lambert’s showstopping recreation of the band’s infamous set at Live Aid; Alice Cooper’s blistering performance of iconic tracks Poison and School’s Out; and k.d. lang’s moving cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Other international artists include global superstars Michel Bublé and Ronan Keating.
The highlights package will also feature the memorable performances from a huge line-up of Australian music industry heavyweights including John Farnham, Olivia Newton John, Delta Goodrem, Tina Arena, Guy Sebastian, 5 Seconds of Summer, Hilltop Hoods and Jessica Mauboy.
Fire Fight Australia Anniversary Concert Special airs this Sunday February 14 at 6.30pm on FOXTEL ARTS, with encore screenings throughout the week and a special prime time broadcast on Saturday February 20 at 8.30pm. The special is also available to watch anytime on demand.