“Celeste has done an amazing job raising the money she has,” he said. “She is great with the quips and the dialogue that will bring another dimension to the day. She will be the glue to get through the day and night.”
Barber will introduce British rock band Queen (fronted by American singer Adam Lambert), Olivia Newton-John and a string of other acts including Amy Shark, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, John Farnham and Jessica Mauboy.
Fire Fight isn’t the only major concert set to raise money for bushfire relief efforts. Australian touring royalty Michael Gudinski is planning to bring back the 2009 Sound Relief concerts that raised money in the wake of Black Saturday. At the time, the events held in Sydney and Melbourne raised more than $8 million. Mr Gudinski plans to hold the 2020 Sound Relief concerts in March across five cities.
Smaller-scale concerts are also in the process of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. In Melbourne, a massive comedy fundraiser at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre featuring Hannah Gadsby, Wil Anderson and Dave Hughes has raised more than $200,000. Tickets sold out within 10 minutes, according to organisers.