Like any worthy notion, this one emanated from a determined spirit in the days after the devastating floods crushed Lismore on 28 February and again on 30 March 2022.
To celebrate the resilience and lift the spirits of the Lismore Community, Lismore City Council, Chugg Entertainment and Helium will stage a free concert – ONE FROM THE HEART – at Lismore Showgrounds on Sunday, 15 May starring The Buckleys, Darlinghurst, Paul Kelly and Dan Kelly, Daryl Braithwaite, Sheppard, Lime Cordiale, Jon Stevens and Lismore’s own, Grinspoon. Each family within the most affected areas – postcodes 2471, 2472 and 2480 – will be able to order four (4) tickets to the show now from Moshtix.
There will also be an additional 1,000 tickets available to purchase for everyone outside the nominated postcodes from 8.00am on Saturday, 30 April from Moshtix.
Lismore’s Mayor, Steve Krieg, was one of over 3,000 locals who’d been personally impacted by the flood devastation, losing his family home and his business in the aftermath.
“About a week after the second flood hit us on March 30, I was talking with Council staff about what we could do to lift community spirits,” said Mayor Krieg. “What we needed was a line in the sand moment that would mark a shift in the community’s mood of shock to begin the long hard road of rebuilding and restoring our homes and our community. Same day, one of Council’s team reached out to Rick Sleeman from Sports Marketing Australia”
Sports Marketing Australia Director, Rick Sleeman said “This idea grew legs very quickly from discussions with Lismore Council when one of SMA’s team asked if we could stage an event that might assist in lifting the spirits of the people of Lismore. Rather than a fundraiser, they were looking for a free community event – something significant and authentic that could shift the town’s energy from shock to hope. The obvious ‘go to’ person was Chuggi [Michael Chugg AM]. We’ve been working with Michael and his team for a number of years, and we knew from experience Chugg Music’s passion, compassion, talent and vast industry contacts were exactly what was needed to get this idea off the ground”
Chugg Entertainment’s Michael Chugg said “I got a call from Rick and on the same day we had the first Zoom call with the Mayor and his team. The idea and reasoning behind staging a concert resonated to me – that this was not about raising money but raising the community’s spirits. The lead time was incredibly tight; what would normally take 4 months of planning had to turn around in 6 weeks. So, my first call was to [Helium Records] Mark Pope.”
Both Chugg and Pope were an integral part of the team that delivered the Wave Aid, Live Earth and Sound Relief Benefit Concerts in 2005, 2007 and 2009. They had the experience, knowledge, contacts and energy to make the impossible possible.
Mark Pope added “Just 3 weeks ago Chuggi called; since that first call with Lismore Council, we’ve locked in the venue, the date, a line-up of some seriously great Australian artists, all of whom are playing for zero fees, along with a professional marketing and communication plan as well as a high end production and site plan. In just 3 weeks we’ve built “a team of strangers” drawn from both the music industry and council into a cracking ‘single purpose’ team and now ready to announce One From The Heart”
Sunday, 15 May 2022
Lismore Showgrounds, Lismore NSW
Midday to 9.30pm
Free tickets available now to postcodes 2471, 2472 and 2480 from Moshtix
Tickets on sale to anyone outside the affected postcodes from 8.00am on Saturday, 30 April from Moshtix