Red Cross Joins Forces With ABC This New Year’s Eve

2020 is now just around the corner and unfortunately many Australians have faced devastating months of bushfires, droughts and floods.

ABC and the City of Sydney are pleased to announce that we will welcome the new decade in the spirit of love, community and togetherness by partnering with Australian Red Cross on a joint appeal for disaster relief and recovery across the country.

Hosts Zan Rowe and Charlie Pickering will be driving the callout for donations as they host our Party of the Decades concert, live from the Sydney Opera House, starring some of Australia’s top performers. Soulful singer-songwriter Marlon Williams, the Cruel Seas Tex Perkins, Augie March guitarist, singer-songwriter Glenn Richards, American rapper Aloe Blacc, rock chick Natalie Foster, Jazz bassist Steve Kilby and legendary musician Russell ‘The Real Thing’ Morris are all on board.

They will join previously announced artists, Kate Miller-Heidke, Phil Jamieson, Vika and Linda Bull, Angie Hart, Mojo Juju, Adrian Eagle and Casey Donovan as they perform the memorable songs from recent decades. From the rock-n ’roll classics of the 60s, to the high tempo disco hits of the 70s and present-day classics – the hits will keep coming.

But before they rock the main stage, families can enjoy the New Year’s Eve House Party with music, games and dancing! Hosted by Susie Youssef and Nazeem Hussain and featuring performances from Baker Boy, Regurgitator and Shonen Knife, this New Year’s Eve show will have everything you need to get the party started from the comfort of your own home. Expect celebrity appearances, some of your favourite ABC Kids and ABC Me stars and a countdown that will travel the country before the fireworks light up the sky in celebration at 9pm.

Funds raised on the night will enable Red Cross to continue its important disaster relief and recovery work, giving people the support they need in emergencies, including the bushfires and disasters yet to come. The Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund currently includes recovery programs, practical support and emergency grants in communities affected by the recent bushfires.

Donations can be made via the Red Cross,

Online at:

Or by calling: 1800 733 276

The live concert will be broadcast to Australia via ABC TV, iView, ABC Radio and to the world via ABC Australia and ABC Online.

8.30pm New Year’s Eve House Party

9.00pm Family Fireworks

9.08pm Calling Country

9.30pm Party of the Decades and the drive to donate to Red Cross.

12.00am Midnight Firework

Media Release: Australian Broadcasting Corporation