TAMWORTH, NSW (CelebrityAccess) — Aussie rocker John Farnham has signed on to headline a benefit concert to assist farmers who have been afflicted by a serious drought in Australia.
According to the Sunday Telegraph, which is sponsoring the event, the Hay Mate: Buy a Bale — A Concert For The Farmers will take place at Scully Park in Tamworth on October 27.
In addition to Farnsworth, the benefit concert will also feature performances by Adam Harvey and singer Guy Sebastian.
The concert is being organized by Farnsworth’s manager Glenn Wheatley.
“We haven’t got the full bill locked in but Wheatley is working around the clock to pull this together,” Farnham told the Sunday Telegraph. “It’s fairly short notice for most of us, but it will be a great event. Everyone’s come on board. Glenn asked for the venue for mates rates and they said, ‘How about we just give you the keys?’ Everyone is up for doing this. I want to make some kind of difference.”
Southeastern Australia, including New South Wales, which includes much of the nation’s prime farmland, has been facing its driest 18 months since records began in 1990.
“Farmers are the backbone of this country. I understand what the farmers are going through. I have horses and cattle to feed,” Farnham told the publication. “Fortunately for me, it’s not too much of a problem but I know a lot of farmers and they are doing it tough. They do it tough anyway but particularly at the moment. They are seeing their livelihood dying.”