The strong and supportive Aussie indie music community are getting together on October 4 for a tribute concert for late muso Luke Liang, to raise money for music charity, Support Act.
Alex the Astronaut, Jarryd James, Montaigne, Papa vs Pretty, Thelma Plum, Jack River and more will perform at Sydney‘s Metro Theatre for A Bright Light: An Evening for Luke.
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Sydneysiders, this will be a magical night of music. We’re raising money for support act, who help struggling musicians. All the people on this line up lost a friend to depression recently and so were coming together to celebrate Luke, and to do what we know best to help; to share through music. Your presence would be loved, it’ll be so warm and we’re really excited about it. Please come along if you can, for tickets google: “a bright light an evening for Luke ticketek” sending love I’ll see some of you there xxx
Liang passed away at the end of August, aged 28. after a long struggle with depression. He joined Sydney indie-rock band Papa vs Pretty in 2012, ahead of their second record White Deer Park. After the band broke up in 2014 – his surviving bandmates are reuniting for this gig – Liang worked as a session musician for artists as varied as Guy Sebastian, Kim Churchill and Nicole Millar, and as a music teacher.
Liang was due to play with Alex the Astronaut at triple j‘s One Night Stand on September 1 – she turned the set into a tribute to her friend, paying her respects by playing a moving and intimate solo show, accompanied by a friend for just a few songs.
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Last week the world lost an incredible talent, a kind heart and an unwavering friend. Luke Liang was the finest musician I will ever meet. Everyone he ever came in contact with was warmed by his joyful presence and impressed by his ability to master anything in a matter of hours – seemingly with great ease. New instruments, languages, skateboarding… He even completed a law degree whilst touring. He was unstoppable. While talking about him over the last few days we have come to the conclusion that Lukey was "the ideal human being". For his loved ones, the loss is inconceivable. For everyone who knew him, his passing comes as a huge shock. Luke had the biggest, most glorious smile and would always do his best to cheer you up or help you out of a bad situation. He had time for everyone and would drop you a line even if he only had a spare half an hour to catch up. It is so unbelievable to think that such a gorgeous soul could lose his battle with depression. That's the thing – depression does not discriminate. It's like cancer. Some are lucky and go into remission, never to face the beast again. Some endure it to varying degrees their whole lives. For others it is a sudden, severe and incurable disease. I'm so sad that he couldn't see how widely and deeply loved and respected he was. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone in our industry who didn't know of Luke and his musicianship, kindness and work ethic. Every time I think of butter coffee, Star Trek, Instagram stories, high fives, being "togeeetherrrr", double dinners, long hugs and Red Bull, I'll remember you and your cheeky smile. We are all here for each other. We are stronger together. Tell your loved ones how much you love them. If anyone needs to talk, I'm here. If you are experiencing struggles of your own, please seek help, or ask a trusted person to assist you in seeking help. You are loved and appreciated. We will miss you and love you forever, Lukey.
The event will be raising money for Support Act, who aim to help artists and music workers in crisis – whether they are experiencing financial hardship, ill health, injury or mental health issues. They recently set up a Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, a free and confidential, 24-hour phone counselling service for people working in the industry.
You can cop a ticket to A Bright Light: An Evening for Luke right now for $40+bf HERE. We’ll see you there.
If you’re struggling with your mental health, you can call the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline at 1800 959 500, or Lifeline at 13 11 14.Image: Supplied