The Australian Marriage Equality in partnership with M&C Saatchi Sydney, Our Friends Electric and some of Australia’s biggest music artists, celebrities, brands and entertainment personalities have come together for YesFest – a nationally broadcast concert to support love and equality for all Australians.
Headed by Jimmy Barnes, YesFest will be held at Spotless Stadium, the beloved Sydney Showgrounds music arena previously home to Stereosonic, Soundwave and Big Day Out, on Sunday October 29, during the crucial final week before marriage postal votes are due back to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Promising never-before-seen and never-seen-again collaborations and special performances from across the Australian music spectrum, the first line-up includes Client Liaison, Flight Facilities (DJ), Heaps Gay DJs, Jack Colwell, Kirin J Callinan, Killing Heidi, KLP, Megan Washington, Nick Cester (Jet), Northeast Party House, The Preatures, Tkay Maidza, Touch Sensitive and many more to come.
M&C Saatchi general manager, Mim Haysom said: “YesFest is a project very close to our hearts. We believe the diversity of our people make us who we are. We work hard to build an inclusive and supportive environment for our people and want to help make this a reality for all Australians.
“We’re honoured to be part of a team working towards achieving marriage equality,” he said.
Australian Marriage Equality, Co-Chair, Janine Middleton said: “The next month is crucial in order to make marriage equality a reality. YesFest is an opportunity to connect with hundreds of thousands of Australians, encouraging them to have conversations about marriage equality with their friends, family and neighbours. We’re thrilled to be working with some of the biggest talent in Australia to reach out to as many communities as possible and encourage them to post their YES ballots.”
YesFest will be broadcast live across the country on YouTube and is supported by content partner MTV, who will also be covering backstage via Facebook Live. Other partners include Ben & Jerrys, General Pants and Mardi Gras.
The event will be hosted by Australia’s favourite TV personality Osher Günsberg, with vocal supporters including Billy Russell, Christian Wilkins, Courtney Act, Danny Clayton, Jackie Loeb, Jordan Raskopoulos and many more.
Designed to encourage and empower Australians, particularly millennials to vote, YesFest will send a passionate message to the nation that it’s time to band together for equality.
YesFest is endorsed by Australian Marriage Equality, the peak body for the ‘Yes’ campaign, with profits beyond hard costs going to the Equality campaign.
What: YesFest, a LiveAid style benefit for marriage equality
Where: Spotless Stadium, Sydney Showgrounds, Homebush
When: Sunday, Oct 29, 2017. Doors from 3pm.
Why: We need Australia to unite and drive that last push to vote
How: Post your vote, get tickets via yesfest.com.au
Tickets: On sale via Ticketmaster from midday Oct 6
Who: All profits go to the Equality campaign