There’s been benefit gigs and events popping up left, right, and centre to help raise essential funds for initiatives and groups working hard to help in the bushfire crisis in Australia, and another visitor to our hurting land is joining in. Mac DeMarco is doing what he does best and is putting on a big ol’ BBQ in Melbourne to raise funds for wildlife organisations and First Nations communities.
After playing a huge show at Festival Hall on Saturday night with Perth’s beloved POND and CHAI from Japan, Mac is putting on Grill For Good on Sunday afternoon at Victoria Park – a big summer cookout in Abbotsford featuring a whole host of mates working the tongs.
Sausage sizzles are a wildly effective and good way to raise money in Australia, it is known. It is lore. It’s the vibe of the thing. So having Mac DeMarco rallying together the likes of Amyl & The Sniffers, Alice Skye, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Julia Jacklin, POND, CHAI, and a bunch more will surely bring in a few more coins than the local Bunnings on a Saturday.
Grilling duties will also be shared with fave chefs from around the traps, including Shannon Martinez from Smith & Daughters, Tobie Puttock (who’s good mates with Jamie Oliver), Raph Rashid from Beatbox Kitchen, David Moyle from Longsong, and a bunch more.
Plenty of food (and sauso) options will be available on the day, so no matter what you’re into, you can pinch together a snag between some bread and go to town on the tomato sauce – onion or no onion, it’s your choice. And you can wash it all down with some top drops of plonk or froth from Blackhearts & Sparrows.
The afternoon on the grass at Victoria Park will be soundtracked by DJ sets from Mac’s best Aussie musical mates including Cut Copy, Harvey Sutherland, Miss Blanks and friends, Remi and friends, Soju Gang, and Amyl & The Sniffers pulling a double shift behind the grill and the 1s & 2s.
Tickets are going for $10 a pop over on the website, with all the funds raised going to Wildlife Victoria and Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities, and an extra option to chuck in a bit more if you’re able.
Seeya there, someone bring a footy.