On Sunday night, November 23, my life changed.
I did not anticipate that it would be so, yet as I sit here, I know that the Article Thirty-Nine Concert has forever changed me, and my life. Most excitingly, I know I am not alone; there was over 250 people attending who shared this experience. It is difficult to find the right words to express just how incredible it was…it was perfect.
A great shot of The Dawn Collective. Photo courtesty of Cassandra Fowler
All of the bands were simply superb, and likewise, the knowledge and heartfelt passion of the speakers left us all speechless. Each of the performers brought something new and unique to the evening – from new beats and an eclectic mix of styles of music, to a new, heartbreaking understanding of the plight of child soldiers. What an awesome line-up!
One of our fantastic volunteers with the Red Hand banner. Photo courtesy of Nicola Jones-Crossley
I have never come across a better audience. Not at Coldplay in Paris, nor Ben Harper in Sydney, nor even Michael Franti in an intimate gig in Wollongong. For not only was our audience pumped up, excited, and ready to dance the night away, but they were ready to listen to the speakers, ready to take the message of their words to heart…you could have heard a pin drop during the speeches! It was unreal.
The vibrant vibe! Photo courtesy of Ellie Martin
I was blown away by the fantastic vibe of the gig. Everyone – from the performers, to the venue staff, to the volunteers and the audience, was simply fantastic, and 100% engaged in the concert.
I don’t know about you, but at most gigs I go to, security guards generally don’t get involved in the event…well, things are different at The Factory, and at Article Thirty-Nine. One of the security guards at the door was talking to the volunteers at the merchandise desk – he loved the concert, and was very supportive of the cause. He even participated in the Red Hand Campaign! Wow!
We have already raised over $5,500 for the rehabilitation centre, and with donations still trickling in, I am confident that we will reach over $6000. I am absolutely blown away by this incredible achievement!
I will be posting again over the next few days/weeks with more pictures, and a more comprehensive coverage of the evening. Also, the full recording of the Article Thirty-Nine Concert will be available within the next couple of weeks from Moshcam’s site – so I’ll be sure to let you know once it’s up and running!
I would like to, again, thank each and every one of you for coming along and making the Article Thirty-Nine Concert such a vibrant, and wonderful night of celebration. I would also like to thank all those who couldn’t make it to the concert, but whose unfailing support for the project over the past months helped to make Article Thirty-Nine such a great success!
For all the enthusiastic Article Thirty-Nine-ers who don’t want to journey end here – I need your help! I am on a mission to get absolutely all the concert pictures and videos together, for Article Thirty-Nine was, and is, a night to remember! Upload them to the Article Thirty-Nine Concert pool on Flickr, or the Article Thirty-Nine cause page on Facebook. Alternatively, email them to me [firstname.lastname@example.org], and I’ll add them for you :)
Be inspired for change – because thanks to you, it’s already begun!
A few more pics of the bands for you to enjoy!
Tim Ireland, accompanied by Damien Lane. Photo courtesy of Nicola Jones-Crossley
Falling In Autumn, photo courtesy of Cassandra Fowler
The Shipwrecked, photo courtesy of Nicola Jones-Crossley
Adam Cousens, photo courtesy of Cassandra Fowler
Jack Carty and The Party, photo courtesy of Cassandra Fowler
Levi McGrath playing his song Children of War. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Fowler
Peregrine, photo courtesy of Cassandra Fowler