Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sound Relief, MCG

in between drenchings - an amazing glow from the grounds...

Even 25mm of rain did not deter the punters too much, there was a great vibe from the happy, poncho'ed up folks unlucky to be in the open. Each time the black clouds rolled in, we all pulled on our raincoats and continued enjoying the music at Sound Relief, the benefit concert for the Victorian Bushfires.

There were so many highlights from this incredible bill, but it's hard to go past the reformation of Hunters and Collectors, Split Enz and Midnight Oil. Their songs are so ingrained in our culture, it was stunning to experience these songs live. We crossed to the more sunny SCG during the day for the sister event, and were witness to Farnesy singing 'You're the voice' with Coldplay as the backing band.

We soaked up the crowd sing-a-longs: Paul Kelly singing "Leaps and Bounds", an impromptu Crowded House appearance following Liam Finn's drum and theremin solo (the punters roared when Finn jnr began introducing Uncle Nick, and the Finn snrs...), Kylie and "I still call Australia home", Midnight Oil and those distinctive three chords announcing "Beds are burning" and the Hunners' "Throw your arms around me".

A fantastic, exhausting experience.