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Waveaid Concert On Sky Televison

25 January 2005

Waveaid Concert On Sky Televison To Assist Red Cross South Asia Tsunami Appeal

SKY Television is giving digital subscribers an opportunity to contribute to the Red Cross South Asia Tsunami Appeal during a special interactive screening on Sunday January 30 of the Waveaid concert being held at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Waveaid is a fundraising concert featuring many of Australia's most popular music acts, who have come together, along with New Zealand's own Finn Brothers, to perform at a spectacular live music event.

Introduced by Prime Minister Helen Clark, highlights from Waveaid will screen on Sunday January 30 from 9.00pm to 1.00am free to all digital subscribers on SKY digital channel 60.

At any time during the Waveaid screening, viewers can make a contribution to the Red Cross South Asia Tsunami Appeal by pressing the red button on their SKY remotes and selecting the amount they wish to donate. Donations will be charged to the household phone bill.

Ms Clark says: "The Boxing Day tsunami had a truly devastating impact on a number of countries with whom we have close and important ties, and I would urge New Zealanders to support the appeal which is linked to the Waveaid concert. Our response to the international relief and reconstruction programme is the largest New Zealand has ever made, but it will take a huge ongoing effort to rebuild shattered communities."

Waveaid will feature Midnight Oil, along with Powderfinger, Nick Cave, The John Butler Trio, Kasey Chambers, The Waifs, The Finn Brothers, Missy Higgins, Pete Murray and - premiering at Waveaid - The Wrights (featuring members of Jet, The Living End, Grinspoon, Powderfinger, Spiderbait, You Am I and Dallas Crane). Silverchair is also joining the line-up, making this their first Australasian performance in nearly two years.

Midnight Oil's Peter Garrett says: "We are highly motivated to join felloe performers in what will be a momentous occasion. For this is clearly a time in history for everyone to pitch in and help the people who are struggling to hold on to their lives in the wake of such a shattering event. On such an occasion, Midnight Oil hopes all fans will make Waveaid a huge fundraising success."

SKY CEO John Fellet says SKY is pleased to be able to make a contribution to the Red Cross South Asia Tsunami Appeal and at the same time bring this special music event to New Zealand television.

"All around the world we've seen people come together and help out in whatever way they can in the wake of the Tsunami. Waveaid is an Australasian example of that kind of co-operation and we are very happy to be involved here in New Zealand."

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