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Darwin’s Beachfront Hotel Bushfire Appeal Raises Over $33K

Words & Pics by Steve Kelk

Stevie Jean at the Beachfront Hotel ‘Beds Are Burning’ fundraiser

A massive afternoon and evening of local live music on last Monday’s public holiday brought out the punters and their wallets for the Beachfront Hotel’sBeds Are Burning‘ Australian bushfire appeal, raising $33,585.25 for a very needy cause.

13 original and cover acts rocked the stage at the iconic venue on the Nightcliff foreshore to entertain a crowd who’s generosity was matched not only by the performers giving up their time to play but also by the Beachfront Hotel itself, with 100% of profits from beverage sales, entry fees, raffles and auctions going into the kitty, along with 10% of food sales proceeds. The Beachfront will donate the takings equally between the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal and the wildlife rescue charity WIRES.

The venue posted the following to their Facebook page, announcing the results:

$33585.25 RAISED AT Beds Are Burning – Bushfire Appeal

The final tally is in and we are stoked to announce that we have smashed our target with over $33k raised to assist those affected by the devastating national bushfires, thanks to the incredible generosity & community spirit of all who came & rocked out to over 11 hours of the NT’s best live music & entertainment.

We cannot express our gratitude enough to all the musicians, MC’s, entertainers, local businesses & individuals who have donated their considerable talents, products, time & services, especially the amazing volunteers who came down to sell raffle tickets, rattle tins, greet on the doors & help in the bars to make the day the huge success it was.

We will be donating all money raised split evenly between Australian Red Cross & WIRES wildlife rescue, we also have a couple of fundraising activities up our sleeve to announce in the next few days that will help to increase the final total raised.

If you missed yesterday we are still selling meat trays each week to benefit the Kangaroo Island Mayoral relief fund & Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network & are also holding Dance for a Cause – The Beachfront Hotel on February 8th to support Wildlife Victoria.

You can also donate directly online by visiting:

Red Cross Australia Disaster Relief & Recovery Fund:

WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue:


Foldback Magazine went along to catch some of the live music action in the afternoon – check out our snaps below of crowd favourites Stevie Jean, Ben Evolent and Caiti Baker doin’ their thang for the worthiest of causes. We would like to thank Guy Dunne and the crew at the Beachfront Hotel for the access and for putting on such a great community-spirited event. Live music and the arts are valuable economic and cultural assets for any community. The artists involved and the Beachfront Hotel have again shown just how valuable the arts sector is in garnering community support and cohesion in times of need.

Stevie Jean & Band

Ben Evolent & Band 

Caiti Baker with James Mangohig

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