Support Act is bringing back its longest-running fundraiser event, Music In The House, to celebrate the prosperous and important career of Aussie legends Midnight Oil.
The event will return after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, on Tuesday 23 August, at The Grounds of Alexandria, welcoming back leaders in music from all across the country, including past and present Support Act board directors, celebrating the charity’s 25th anniversary.
Music In The House is a staple event in the industry, recognising the efforts of musicians that go above industry standards and truly make a difference within the world, not only through their art but also through their leadership and activism within the community. Past Excellence in the Community Award winners include Paul Kelly, Tina Arena, Archie Roach, John Butler and Russel Morris.
CEO of Support Act, Clive Miller, explained: “After two long years, we’re very excited to be back with an in-person event to celebrate our anniversary and all of the incredible people who have been part of Support Act’s amazing journey over the past 25 years. We’re also thrilled to be sharing some of our plans for the future.
“It’s hard to imagine a more iconic artist to celebrate on this occasion than Midnight Oil. They are an amazing band whose contribution to music and the community is unparalleled”.
This year’s event will feature William Barton & Veronique Serret, Olympia, All Our Exes Live In Texas and Dave Faulkner, performing acoustics covers of Midnight Oil’s best hits. With powerhouse Zan Rowe hosting the evening, it is sure to be one filled with a heavy appreciation for Australian music.
A highlight of the celebration will be an online auction of Midnight Oil memorabilia, including a specially created Fender Vintera ’50s Telecaster wrapped in a custom print of Midnight Oil’s 10-1 album artwork and signed by the band, the actual surfboard used to promote the Scream In Blue live album, watercolour prints of the band at sound check by artist Christabel Blackman, and some rare band vinyl.
There will also be raffle prizes, including rare paintings from Troy Cassar-Daley, a Sennheiser/Neumann monitor and headphone system, RØDECaster Pro II production consul, A-Reserve tickets for Dua Lipa, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, CMC Rocks, Moulin Rouge and more, with all proceeds going towards Support Act.
Also on the agenda for the evening is the unveiling of Support Act’s inaugural First National Strategic Plan, designed in consultation with Elders and Indigenous leaders across the country and led by the organisation’s First Nations Community Engagement and Social Worker, Cerisa Benjamin.