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Brookvale benefit gig for Lismore flood victims raises $5000+

An all-ages benefit gig was held in a yard behind a VW mechanic’s on West Street in Brookvale on Saturday 12 March, raising over $5000 for victims of the Northern NSW floods.

Four bands, C.O.F.F.I.N., The Darrans, RRC and Dumbells, performed in the industrial site, surrounded by stacks of tyres, old Kombi vans and dancing youths. The bands played mainly punk or ‘alternate’ rock to a community of like-minded friends that came from all over the Northern Beaches and beyond.

Youngsters enjoying the Flood Relief benefit concert in Brookvale. Photo: Alec Smart

The concert was hastily-announced and advertised mainly by word-of mouth and social media, yet despite this last-minute, DIY organising, over one hundred people attended and enjoyed themselves.

It was one of headliner C.O.F.F.I.N.’s last Sydney shows before they head overseas throughout April-May on a USA-Canadian tour with fellow Australians Amyl & The Sniffers.

The Darrans, Flood Relief benefit concert, Brookvale. Photo: Alec Smart

On 14 March, C.O.F.F.I.N. posted on Facebook that $5135 was raised for Koori Mail, a fortnightly national Aboriginal news service that are coordinating flood relief efforts around the Lismore district, via the Koori Mail Bundjalung Flood Relief Fund.

A GoFundMe page set up by the Koori Mail to aid flood victims, has raised over $630,000 towards a $750,000 target.

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RRC, Flood Relief benefit concert, Brookvale. Photo: Alec Smart


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