In a very cool move, Newcastle’s fresh festival Scene & Heard is doing a solid for drought-affected Aussie farmers.
Not only are organisers offering 100 grazers and croppers free tickets to their debut event to relieve some of the stress of the dry season with a day in the mosh, catching sets from Aussie legends like The Living End, Spiderbait, Something For Kate and Killing Heidi, they’ve also launched a fundraising initiative designed to help rural Aussies doing it tough.
As part of their Farmers Day Out initiative, Scene & Heard fest will also include donation tins at the event gates with all proceeds going to farmers’ charity Buy A Bale.
A statement from organisers reads:
“Newcastle is surrounded by an incredibly resilient rural community and in times of financial strain, leisure activities such as going to a live music event are put on the back burner for many. Studies have shown attending live music events can reduce stress levels. Festival Organisers hope A Farmers Day Out will provide a rare opportunity for some local farmers to get some much needed downtime.”
Solid effort, Scene & Heard.
Farmers and rural workers can register for the online ballot HERE before the end of September. Recipients will be chosen at random with farmers notified in early October.
ICYMI: the nostalgia-inducing debut lineup for the Homebake-style event also features Sneaky Sound System, Dallas Crane, Skunkhour, Front End Loader and more.
It’s going down at Newcastle’s Wickham Park on Sunday, 4th November.