A Night to Remember

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.

The Dawn Collective rocking at Article Thirty-Nine. Photo curtesty of Cassandra Fowler

A great shot of The Dawn Collective. Photo courtesty of Cassandra Fowler

Perfect Performers:
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!

Red Hand Campaign!

One of our fantastic volunteers with the Red Hand banner. Photo courtesy of Nicola Jones-Crossley

Priceless People:
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

The vibrant vibe! Photo courtesy of Ellie Martin

Vibrant Vibe:
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 [article39concert@gmail.com], 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

Tim Ireland, accompanied by Damien Lane. Photo courtesy of Nicola Jones-Crossley

Falling In Autumn

Falling In Autumn, photo courtesy of Cassandra Fowler

The Shipwrecked, photo courtesy of Nicola Jones-Crossley

The Shipwrecked, photo courtesy of Nicola Jones-Crossley

Adam Cousens, photo courtesy of Cassandra Fowler

Adam Cousens, photo courtesy of Cassandra Fowler

Jack Carty and The Party, 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

Levi McGrath playing his song Children of War. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Fowler

Peregrine, photo courtesy of Cassandra Fowler

Peregrine, photo courtesy of Cassandra Fowler

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5 Comments

  1. Great work, Isa. You have done an amazing job bringing it all together. Congratulations.

  2. Thank you for your kind words Gavin…but I most certainly couldn’t have done it without your unfailing support, encouragement and guidance! :)
    Thank you! I am eternally grateful :)

  3. Isa you’re still beaming!

    … and so you should x It was an amazingly inspiring afternoon – the bands were sic, and the cause was so well represented by yourself, Steven, Levi and all the A39 helping hands – we met so many beautiful people.

    You should be extremely proud of yourself x

    Simon + Ciss @ falling in Autumn

  4. Fantastic Job, Isa! The concert was remarkable and a wonderfully enriching experience for all involved. The bands were great and the atmosphere was one of great respect – respect for the cause and your call for change and action; respect for the musicians playing; and respect in taking on board the messages and strories of the speakers. You created a fun, inspiring and moving event. It was very impressive!! You should be very proud!

  5. Congratulations Isa and your band of volunteers. Thanks to Stephen and Levi for their stories and information. Yes, my life has been changed by Sunday night too! I’m planning to change the focus of my degree in Applied Social Science to include Trauma Counselling in the hope to make positive change in the lives of people like former child soldiers. Let’s keep this wave of increasing awareness growing – who knows maybe we will one day reach the vision I had at thirteen to live in a world without war. Thank you for your inspiration. With love, thanks and awe, Doreen Jones


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