Pay TV rocks to Sound Relief

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They came, they rocked and they got drenched. But music fans will never forget the two brilliant concerts staged for Sound Relief on Saturday.

Melbourne's MCG and Sydney's SCG turned on unforgettable shows with all-star line-ups and an explosion of rock, pop, indie, gospel and acoustic performances. The concerts combined to raise over $5 million for Victorian bushfire survivors, with half the profits from the Sydney event going to survivors of the Queensland floods.

Thousands turned out for the events, with rain soaking the Melbourne event and a downpour interrupting Sydney's. But nothing could dampen the spirits of the exuberant crowds.

Channel [V] and MAX turned it on for viewers at home with simultaneous broadcasts of two diverse line-ups. At times it was an impossible choice trying to decide who to watch. To their credit, both channels added replay of alternate stadiums during set breaks.

An average of 122,000 viewers watched Channel [V] across 11 hours, with 72,000 watching MAX's Sydney concert. The Pay TV industry group ASTRA says, including regional viewers, 220,000 saw the evening concert on Channel [V] and 1.2 million across the day.

Melbourne's concert kicked off with Jet while in Sydney Coldplay was joined by John Farnham for You're The Voice. Chris Martin gave security a nervous surprise when he ran into the moshpit crowd.

In Sydney the crowds rocked to Eskimo Joe, Architecture in Helsinki, Hoodoo Gurus, Taylor Swift, The Presets, You Am I, Josh Pyke, Icehouse and Marcia Hines. They were also treated to duets by Barry Gibb and Olivia Newton-John.

Melbourne scored Jack Johnson, Kings of Leon, Hunters and Collectors, Paul Kelly, Split Enz, Gabriella Cilmi, Kasey Chambers and a reformed Midnight Oil. Jet and Wolfmother performed at both events.

Countless other stars, including Kylie Minogue (who sang I Still Call Australia Home unaccompanied) and Toni Collette appeared, along with the first ever address to Australia by Princes William and Harry via video.

Due to bands agreeing to a once off event, it's unlikely there will be a replay or free-to-air broadcast of Sound Relief but a DVD could be on the cards. Fingers crossed.

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