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Melbourne's Australia Day Fundraiser Lineup Announced

Five years ago the Melbourne music community banded together to do good. 2015 will be no different. With fundraiser shows smashing Melbourne all over the Australia Day long weekend, bands do good and be good. Oh, and the lineup has been announced. How exciting?

Starting in 2011 with a memorable all day event at The Tote in Collingwood, the annual Australia Day Weekend Fundraisers have raised over $25,000 and hosted almost 100 Australian acts of varying genres. All contributing bands and behind-the-scenes organisers have banded together to work for free to promote positive attitude change, and aid to those in need.

The focus of this event has always been on raging against the negative attitudes and behaviours so often exhibited on our national day, fighting ignorance, acknowledging our country’s true beginnings and celebrating diversity. All profits go directly to The Asylum Seeker Resource CentreThe Refugee Council and Oxfam to assist in their vital work.

The 2015 edition spans two days, two venues and two massive line-ups. Footscray's Reverence Hotel will host Sydney punk legends FRENZAL RHOMB, spot-on Melbourne soul devotees SASKWATCH, lauded dark punk rockers HOODLUM SHOUTS, the return of everybody's favourite tropical punks HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, plus ROB MUINOS, HAVE/HOLD, OUTRIGHT and a ton more.  

Off the back of a massive 2014, THE SMITH STREET BAND will undertake headline duties on day two at The Corner Hotel. Joined by their party brothers THE BENNIES, the talented and outspoken local MC JOELISTICS, highly entertaining hip hoppers CURSE OV DIALECT, local folk punk veterans FEAR LIKE US and more.

It's a pretty rad event, and the caliber of acts on the bill is a testament to that. Australia Day gets pretty hectic and it's like live music central for a whole long weekend, but it's for a good cause. You can do good whilst enjoying yourself. That sounds pretty damn decent hey?

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