An eclectic array of Australian musicians will join forces on September 12th for a one-off concert in support of marriage equality. Unity: the Equality Campaign concert, hosted at Sydney's Enmore Theatre, will feature mini-sets from Sarah Blasko, Killing Heidi, The Jezabels, Jack Colwell, Holly Throsby, Mojo Juju, Andy Bull and Lonelyspeck.
All artists on the line-up will be waiving their usual performance fees, with 100% of proceeds raised from ticket sales going directly to Australian Marriage Equality (AME), who will use the funds to encourage people to vote 'yes' in the upcoming postal survey on same-sex marriage.
"I am embarrassed that marriage equality is still an unresolved issue in Australia," Killing Heidi frontwoman Ella Hooper says of the issue, adding that Australia is "a country that loves to tout the 'fair go for all'. That slogan rings hollow when 'all' are clearly not treated equally or given access to the same rights, procedures and protections of the law."
A sentiment echoed by the Jezabels' guitarist Sam Lockwood who says the the change to the marriage act "is well overdue. Marrying someone you love is a basic human right. The gay community deserve better than this absurd plebiscite, however it is up to the rest of us to see it through and get it done."
Meanwhile, Jack Colwell explains that the right for all to marry stems ties into a larger issue of individual treatment, explaining that "queer people in Australia continue to face discrimination every day, and it’s high time that the majority stood up for what is right. As a gay man it means a huge amount to me that all these musicians, both queer and non-queer, have come together to show their support for the LGBT+ community."
Tickets for the concert go on sale Wednesday, August 23rd via the Enmore Theatre website.
Top photo: Sarah Blasko, courtesy.