Grinspoon and Paul Kelly perform in front of thousands at Lismore’s flood relief concert

They are as sick and tired of mud and rain as they can be, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of northern NSW residents from donning their wellington boots and ponchos to a charity concert for flood relief in Lismore.

More than 10,000 people from flood-stricken parts of the region signed up for free tickets to Sunday’s concert at the still muddy Lismore show ground.

Performers included Paul and Dan Kelly, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Lime Cordiale and the homegrown band Grinspoon.

Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg said the day was meant to give people a little respite from the problems they faced as they recovered from the floods.

“Everyone has big, big problems right now — whether it’s finance, reconstruction, jobs or business,” he said.

Byron Bay band The Buckleys kicked off the concert.ABC North Coast: Emma Rennie

Tickets have been lost

The One From the Heart tickets were allocated within hours of being released, and many residents hoping to score passes missed out.

Mr Krieg said he expected some people not to use their assigned passes and that people manning the gates would let other residents in at their discretion.

“If people who [flood] those affected want to enter who actually do not have a ticket, obviously we are human beings, we are not heartless, we will use our discretion to make sure that anyone who wants to be here is here as much as possible,” he said.

A woman in yellow overalls dances on muddy ground with her arms in the air.
Punters didn’t seem to mind donning their rubber boots and dancing in the mud.ABC North Coast: Emma Rennie

Grinspoon guitarist Pat Davern said it felt great to be able to give something back to Lismore during such a difficult time.

“Hopefully it can be a way to repair some of that mental and physical damage that has been done during this time,” Davern said.

A man wearing a cap that reads 'Where the hell are you?'  In the background are boarded up windows.
Pat Davern says many artists call Lismore home.ABC North Coast: Bruce MacKenzie

Davern said he knew people would be looking closely at how to protect Lismore from flooding in the future, but he hoped it would remain a “hotbed of creativity”.

“Of course it’s a low socio-economic area, but a lot of artists and musicians and people like that are attracted to this part of Lismore and unfortunately this is the part of Lismore that has been hit so hard by the floods,” he said of the flooding. flood prone areas.

“It’s cheaper to live here, but there’s more to it and it would be devastating to lose that.”

People huddled at a barricade with their arms in the air, cheering.
The audience sings along to the well-known hits of Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens and Paul Kelly.ABC North Coast: Emma Rennie

‘Can I play?’

All the performers who played the concert were gifted banners on which the details of the concert were embroidered.

Flags and banners with a red heart on a white background have become a symbol of flood recovery in Lismore, with many hanging from flood-affected homes and businesses in the city.

“We’re just doing this as a thank you to all the artists for coming to support our community,” said banner coordinator Rebecca Ryan.

A woman holds up a banner with a red heart on a plain background.
Rebecca Ryan has provided these banners to every performer playing the concert.ABC North Coast: Bruce MacKenzie

Daryl Braithwaite said he signed up to play as a way to show his support for those who had lost so much.

“When the call went out, with all my peers and stuff, you raised your hand and said, ‘Okay, yeah, can I play?’” he said.

“And it’s just because you enjoy helping in any way you can.”

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