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TEG’s Fire Fight Australia concert raises £5m

TEG Dainty and TEG Live’s Fire Fight Australia concert has raised more than A$9.5m (£4.9m/$6.4m/€5.9m) for bushfire relief in the country, following its sell-out show at ANZ Stadium yesterday (Sunday).

More than 75,000 fans enjoyed 9.5-hours of performances from the likes of Queen + Adam Lambert, as well as Alice Cooper, Olivia Newton-John and more.

All concert ticket profits and all contributions through Ticketek will go towards key organisations, including the rural and regional fire services in affected states, the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery and the RSPCA Bushfire Appeal.

Geoff Jones, chief executive of TEG, said: “What a day and what a night it has been. Our huge thanks are owed to the 23 artists and bands and to the many companies and people who donated their time and services to make FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA happen. It has been an enormous effort from the music industry to pull this concert together in five weeks and we are just so proud of what has been achieved through our collective effort.

“We are extremely grateful to the over 1500 suppliers and volunteers that helped ensure we were able to achieve this amazing result by providing services at cost or free of charge. Thank you again to everyone has made this very special day possible, and a special thanks to the entire TEG Team who have worked night and day, we could not be more proud and grateful.”

Paul Dainty, president and chief executive of TEG Dainty, said: “We are overjoyed at the response from all of the fans here tonight at ANZ Stadium in Sydney and around the world. From the first conversation with Queen’s manager, Jim Beach, the band’s immediate response to support this amazing event was what set everything in motion.

“We want to give a special shout out to Celeste Barber for hosting this historic event, she has been one of the greatest supporters and we thank her. “People can continue to donate and purchase the official Fire Fight Australia T-Shirt online with 100% of proceeds going to the fundraising efforts.”