Australian musicians came together on Tuesday night at Sydney's Enmore Theatre for a one-off concert entitled Unity: the Equality Campaign Concert.
Featuring mini-sets from Sarah Blasko, Killing Heidi, The Jezabels, Jack Colwell, Holly Throsby, Jay and Lindsay from Frenzal Rhomb, Mojo Juju, Andy Bull and Lonelyspeck, the evening heeded sombre moments but never departed from a persistent faith that Australia would at last recognise marriage equality.
In keeping with the grassroots effort led by the Equality Campaign and Jack Colwell, each artist played an acoustic set, weaving stories and personal experiences between songs. Mojo Juju shared her hopes for her mother's marriage to be acknowledged in Australia and for herself to one day be able to choose to marry her partner of 8 years. Veteran punks Frenzal Rhomb ignited the room with their biting new single "Cunt Act", while Sarah Blasko's "I Wanna Be Your Man" performed in collaboration with Newtown-based drag performer Aaron Manhattan left the audience in stillness. Standing alongside in support were Aunty Donna Madden performing a welcome, local MP Jenny Leong hyping the crowd with a call to action and Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham, who gave a startling rendition of Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose", self-accompanied on ukulele. The evening capped off with an all-in performance of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting", led by Jack Colwell and featuring the inner-west community choir Polyphony.
While the night simmered with empathy and expressions of support, it was clear that what was required was something more concrete. Post the ballot, reach out to family and friends, vote yes. There are jobs to be done.
All photos by Matt Walter.
Topics: Marriage Equality