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Fund-raising concert for bushfire victims held in Melbourne
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10:30, March 15, 2009

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About 80,000 people braved rain and chilly wind Saturday night in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for one of the biggest concert events in Australia's music history -- Sound Relief.

The concert was aimed at raising fund for the victims of the Victoria bushfires, the worst ever natural disaster in the nation's history and the Queensland floods that happened over the past five weeks. More than 210 people were killed by the devastating bushfires in Victoria state last month.

These audiences flocked into the venue in MCG in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria state, with high spirit despite heavy rain and chilly temperatures, decked out in bright yellow and green plastic raincoats. They cheered and sung together with the singers.

Among those performed at the concert were local rockers Jet, pop songstress Gabriella Cilmi and international act Kings of Leon.

Jet launched into their hit Rip it Up as fans ignored the rain and clustered on the grounds of the MCG in front of the stage, enthusiastically greeting the musos with cheers, screams and whistles.

The group followed their first song with their 2004 break-through single, Are You Gonna Be My Girl, before flying to Sydney to perform at the concert in that city later on Saturday.

In Sydney, a similar event got underway simultaneously for the same fund raising purpose.

The band was followed by young pop sensation Gabriella Cilmi, who made a flying trip to Australia from the UK where she is recording her second album.

Other homegrown musicians Augie March and Paul Kelly also took to the stage.


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