Last updated

Genre Pop and rock music
Dates29 January 2005
Location(s) Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Years active2005
Founded byMichael Chugg,
Joe Segreto & Tom Lang of IMC / Homebake Festival and
Mark Pope of Mark Pope Music
Website WaveAid Site

WaveAid was a fund raising concert held on Saturday, 29 January 2005, as a means for raising funds for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, known as the Boxing Day tsunami. It was held at the Sydney Cricket Ground and broadcast on television by Channel [V] and MTV, and on radio by Triple J, Triple M, NOVA and World Audio Radio 2. The event was organised by Michael Chugg, Joe Segreto of IMC/Homebake Festival and Mark Pope.

Sydney Cricket Ground stadium in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is a sports stadium in Sydney, Australia. It is used for Test, One Day International and Twenty20 cricket, as well as Australian rules football, rugby league football, rugby union, and association football. It is the home ground for the New South Wales Blues cricket team, the Sydney Sixers of the Big Bash League and the Sydney Swans Australian Football League club. It is also the temporary home of the Sydney Roosters of the National Rugby League, the NSW Waratahs of Super Rugby, during the redevelopment of the Sydney Football Stadium. It is owned and operated by the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust that also manages the Sydney Football Stadium located next door. Until the 44,000 seat Football Stadium opened in 1988, the Sydney Cricket Ground was the major rugby league venue in Sydney.

Channel V music channel

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Triple J Australian radio station

Triple J is an Australian government-funded radio station. A subdivision of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, it primarily appeals to young listeners. The station specialises in alternative rock and indie pop music, with a greater emphasis on broadcasting Australian content compared to other commercial stations. Triple J has two sister stations: Triple J Unearthed is an emerging music discovery station, whilst Double J caters to older audiences.


Part of the between-band entertainment was the screens to the side of the stage showing live feeds of audience members with captions including important messaging pertaining to the catastrophic results of the tsunami and methods which those in attendance and watching on TV could donate.

Funds raised

The event was mainly organised by the Australian music industry spearheaded by Michael Chugg, Joe Segreto of IMC/Homebake Festival and Mark Pope. They aimed to keep the overhead costs as low as possible so that as much profit as possible would go the affiliated charities. Almost all of these costs were waived or heavily discounted. The organisers estimated that if this had been an ordinary festival, these costs would have been around $3,527,908. WaveAid ended up costing $596,727 to stage.

The money raised from donations and ticket sales came to $2,896,727, meaning that the total money raised was exactly $2,300,000. [1]

Affiliated charities

UNICEF development policy organization of the UN

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CARE (relief agency) international humanitarian agency

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Oxfam humanitarian organization

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Performers, MCs & selected songs

The Waifs Australian folk rock band

The Waifs are an Australian folk rock band formed in 1992 by sisters Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson as well as Josh Cunningham. Their tour and recording band includes Ben Franz (bass) and David Ross Macdonald (drums).

Missy Higgins Australian singer-songwriter

Melissa Morrison Higgins is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and actress. Her Australian number-one albums are The Sound of White (2004), On a Clear Night (2007) and The Ol' Razzle Dazzle (2012), and her singles include "Scar", "The Special Two", "Steer" and "Where I Stood". Higgins was nominated for five ARIA Music Awards in 2004 and won 'Best Pop Release' for "Scar". In 2005, she was nominated for seven more awards and won five. Higgins won her seventh ARIA in 2007. Her third album, The Ol' Razzle Dazzle, was released in Australia in June 2012. As of August 2014, Higgins' first three studio albums had sold over one million units.

Nick Cave Australian musician

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DVD release

The concert was released as a DVD with selected performances from all of the groups. The DVD also featured a 17-minute documentary "Making Waveaid Happen", which includes interviews with artists, press conference footage and interviews with event organisers and promoters. The DVD donates a portion of its earnings to the WaveAid charity also. [2]

  1. "London Still" - The Waifs
  2. "Lighthouse" - The Waifs
  3. "Crazy Train" - The Waifs
  4. "This Is How It Goes" - Missy Higgins
  5. "Casualty" - Missy Higgins
  6. "Scar" - Missy Higgins
  7. "The Ship Song" - Nick Cave
  8. "Barricades and Brickwalls" - Kasey Chambers
  9. "Pony" - Kasey Chambers
  10. "Not Pretty Enough" - Kasey Chambers
  11. "Fall Your Way" - Pete Murray
  12. "Lines" - Pete Murray
  13. "Feeler" - Pete Murray
  14. "Weather With You" - Finn Brothers
  15. "Won’t Give In" - Finn Brothers
  16. "Throw Your Arms" - Finn Brothers
  17. "Evie Pt 1 - Let Your Hair Hang Down" - The Wrights Feat. Nic Cester
  18. "Evie Pt 2 - Evie" - The Wrights Feat. Bernard Fanning
  19. "Evie Pt 3 - I’m Losing You" - The Wrights Feat. Phil Jamieson
  20. "Peaches and Cream" - John Butler Trio
  21. "Treat Yo Mama" - John Butler Trio
  22. "Hello" - John Butler Trio
  23. "Betterman" - John Butler Trio
  24. "Zebra" - John Butler Trio
  25. "Israel's Son" - Silverchair
  26. "Without You" - Silverchair
  27. "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" - Silverchair
  28. "The Greatest View" - Silverchair
  29. "The Door" - Silverchair
  30. "Bless My Soul" - Powderfinger
  31. "My Happiness" - Powderfinger
  32. "Passenger" - Powderfinger
  33. "These Days" - Powderfinger
  34. "On My Mind" - Powderfinger
  35. "Read About It" - Midnight Oil
  36. "The Power and the Passion" - Midnight Oil
  37. "Say Your Prayers" - Midnight Oil
  38. "Beds Are Burning" - Midnight Oil
  39. "The Dead Heart" - Midnight Oil
  40. "Forgotten Years" - Midnight Oil
  41. "Best of Both Worlds" - Midnight Oil

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