The Living End are coming home

  • Jul 4, 2017

Melbourne rockers The Living End are known for their punchy rock anthems and killer guitar riffs but it turns out they have a softer side.

The band announced today that they would be playing a benefit concert for animal rescue charity Wild 2 Free.

Fresh from a string of USA and European shows, the punk trio will pack out The Croxton Bandroom in Thornbury for a “very special, one-off, intimate benefit concert”.

All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Wild 2 Free Animal Sanctuary on the NSW South Coast.

The shelter is run by the band’s manager, Rae Harvey.

Sounds pretty sweet to us: Sink a few tinnies, rock out to one of the best live bands in Australia the world, and support a worthy cause.

The Living End frontman Chris Cheney encouraged all fans to get along to the gig.

“The band hopes fans will come along to this special night and support their friend, manager and this great cause.”

Aussie ska icons Area-7 will also be playing the gig.

The Wild 2 Free story

Our names are Sayo & Rae.

We met in Melbourne and bonded over a love of animals.

We searched all over the east coast of Australia to find a suitable location and property to help animals in need.

After an 18 month search, we found that at an 850 acre property near Cobargo on the Far South Coast.

Photo: Wild 2 Free/Facebook

Photo: Wild 2 Free/Facebook

Unfortunately, fire destroyed our home three days after we moved in – we got out seconds before it was completely engulfed in flames.

We were forced to relocate again, further north to the Mid South Coast.

A smaller 67 acres still suitable to release animals, but without the buildings and pens. We are currently operating at this location, but hope to set up another shelter at the original property in future.

Funds raised from the show will go towards replacing the house that was destroyed by the fire.

Rae said she was overwhelmed with the show of support.

“This benefit will go a long way towards helping us help more animals sooner,” she says.

“I’m blown away that not only the bands have generously donated their time, but also the crew, poster artist, publicist, booking agent, ticketing company and venue – thank you all for helping us help them.”

You can donate to the registered charity any time here:

All funds going directly to animal care and welfare.

Tickets are on sale now. More information here.

We’ll leave you with one of our faves from The Living End: