It’s a horrific and scary time in Australia right now.
The reality of the impact of Australia’s raging bushfires can’t really be put into words, minimised to numbers or limited to stats. The force of these blazes is completely unprecedented and while it continues to wreak unbelievable havoc, there are bouts of heartwarming good deeds out there and you can make a difference.
If your feed is anything like ours at the moment, it’s no doubt inundated and saturated with all kinds of bushfire events and appeals—the outpouring of community effort and heart is nothing short of amazing.
But it’s also overwhelming, so to make things a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of upcoming events, gigs and food venues that have pledged either part or even all of their profits to organisations supporting bushfire relief services in NSW.
The best way you can help the bushfire crisis is to donate directly, but if you’re heading out this weekend, buying coffee, brunch or drinks—make it count at one of these concerts, restaurants and parties.
Events And Gigs
Bushfire Appeal Concert
Sydney Festival has rallied a huge lineup of Aussie acts for a Bushfire Appeal Concert at the Metro Theatre this weekend, with all proceeds from ticket sales donated to the Australian Red Cross. The Metro Theatre will also be donating all costs associated with the concert to WIRES Wildlife Rescue. On the line-up, you can expect Dan Sultan, Polish Club, Custard, Art vs Science, Regurgitator and The Neptune Power Federation.
When: Saturday 11 January, 6pm
Where: The Metro Theatre, CBD
Australia Is Burning: Dragathon Fundraiser
This fundraiser will sport a raffle, scattered charity buckets and a sweet line-up including the likes of Space Horse, Bradd, Tackie Onassis, King Pablo, Celeste Teal and a whole heap more. All door proceeds and raffle money will go to the NSW Rural Fire Service as well as a portion of bar sales made.
When: Saturday 11 January, 5.30pm - 11pm
Where: Secret Garden Bar, Enmore
City Loves Country
Nooky, Thundamentals, Hoodzy, Hermitude, Horrorshow, Rebecca Hatch, Joyride, Jazmine Nikitta, Kilimi have all banded together to raise as much money as possible for bushfire relief. All proceeds will be donated to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities, with all organisers, artists, crew, and the venue waiving performance, labour and hire costs. Head here for more.
When: Saturday 11 January, 5pm - 11pm
Where: Enmore Theatre, Enmore
Brunch Bush Bash
This Sunday session has pulled together all the stops in support of the NSW Rural Fire Service (around 70 – 75% of the ticket price will be donated). Each ticket includes entry, four hours of grazing style catering, entertainment and a welcome drink.
When: Sunday 12 January, 11am - 3pm
Where: Beta Bar, CBD
Out Of Bounds
Sydney’s summer south-west music fest, Out Of Bounds, is happening this month with one mighty fine line-up. On the cards, you’ll find ILLY, The Rubens, Mallrat, Clypso, Waax, Trophy Eyes, Graace, Alex The Astronaut and more. In response to the fires, they’ll donate $10 from every ticket bought directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
When: Saturday 18 January
Where: Campbelltown Athletics Centre, Campbelltown
Bushfire Relief Comedy Show
This comedy show is raising money for the bushfire crisis with laughs rolling out from some of Australia’s best comedians like Wil Anderson, Matt Okine, Becky Lucas, Zoe Coombs Marr, Nikki Britton, Aaron Chen, Cameron James and a heap more. All proceeds go to NSW Rural Fire Service and WIRES.
When: Saturday 18 January, 7.30pm
Where: Giant Dwarf, Redfern
Yours & Owls, Farmer & The Owl and Rad Management are banding together to throw Fire Fund, a bushfire fundraiser featuring one of the biggest fully Wollongong and South Coast-based line-ups ever. That means you’ll catch the likes of Hockey Dad, Tumbleweed, Dune Rats (DJ Set), Shining Bird, Totty & Maddy Jane. All tickets, raffle and merch proceeds on the night will go to NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services and the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
When: Friday 24 January, 6pm
Where: Club Windang, Wollongong
Crane Games, Stressless, The S-Bends Live At The Petersham Bowling Club
For one night, three big Sydney bands are set to perform at the iconic Petersham Bowling Club, with all profits donated to NSW RFS. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to see more live and local music, why not kick it all off here.
When: Saturday 25 January, 8pm - 11.30pm
Where: Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham
Make It Rain
Sydney’s most famous art bar is throwing a mammoth rain dance-type fundraiser in support of the bushfires. All proceeds raised will go towards the NSW Rural Fire Service and will include door takings on the night, DJs, bands and speakers donating their time to the cause, proceeds from merch and art sales, 10 per cent of bar takings on the night and donation bins at the venue.
When: Saturday 1 February, 6pm - 4am
Where: Freda’s, Chippendale
Fire Fight Australia
Sydney’s ANZ Stadium has announced it will host a benefit concert for bushfire relief, with funds going towards a number of relief efforts. No acts have been confirmed as of yet (word on the street is that Queen and Adam Lambert could make a cameo), so stay tuned for more on this one.
When: Sunday 16 February, 3pm - 10pm
Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Restaurants, Cafes And Bars
Bread And Circus
In one of the most generous displays we've seen yet, Bread and Circus is set to donate absolutely all of its profits from the whole of 2020 to bushfire relief. They haven't named a specific organisation or fund, but you can check out the details here.
When: All of 2020
Three Blue Ducks
Every dollar from a coffee sold across all Three Blue Ducks venues will be donated to WIRES, NSW Rural Fire Service and the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
When: Until Tuesday 14 January
A dollar from every sale of wine or beer in January will be donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service.
When: Throughout January
All Veneziano locations (in Sydney and Melbourne) are donating a dollar from every coffee purchased, plus 20% of retail sales online and in-store to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Victorian CFA.
When: Every day until Sunday 12 January
Vic’s Meat, Victor Churchill And Vic’s Meat Market Day
All three of Anthony Puharich’s retail stores will be donating all profits made when you spend this weekend to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, WIRES and NSW Rural Fire Service.
When: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January
The team here has pledged to donate a dollar for every beverage sold to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
When: Until Saturday 11 January
Haverick Meats is donating all of its Saturday store profits to organisations like NSW Rural Fire Service, Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, Salvos and Rural Aid. The owners of the business, the Andrew family, will also dollar-match profits made on the day.
When: Saturday 11 January
Nomad Up The Road
Sydney’s hospitality industry has joined forces with the team at NOMAD to “cook for the bush” in support of Australia’s ongoing bushfire crisis. These legends are throwing a huge bake sale takeover at GoGo Bar at Chin Chin, as well as a rooftop lunch at Paramount Recreation Club. All proceeds from the day will go directly to the Australian Red Cross. More info on the event is here.
When: Sunday 12 January
Don't Tell Aunty
Don't Tell Aunty is doing a special all-you-can-eat curry and rice buffet for $25 per person to raise funds for NSW Rural Fire Service.
When: Tuesday 14 January
The guys here are donating $5 from every order of Nel’s Aussie summer-themed dégustation to Rural Aid.
When: Every day, Tuesday 14 January – Saturday 4 April
Bondi’s latest izakaya joint is putting all profits and tips towards WIRES every day until mid-January.
When: Every day until Sunday 19 January
Lankan Filling Station
On most days, there’s a whole bunch of reasons to visit Lankan Filling Station. Now, Sydney’s “little Sri Lanka” is shooting its profits of each cashew curry (the very damn best around) to the fire relief fund for First Nations communities.
When: Throughout January
Know of a really great bushfire relief event or appeal? We'd love to hear about it. Email [email protected] And if you want to help out those affected by the NSW bushfires more directly, head over here.
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