The Miley Cyrus Melbourne Bushfire Relief Concert Has Been Cancelled
Update: Miley Cyrus has cancelled a scheduled bushfire relief benefit in Melbourne, because of COVID-19 fears.
Writing on social media this afternoon, Miley said that she was following "the recommendations of local, state federal and international government authorities" as a way to "reduce potential health risks in response to the current global health crisis".
"I am so disappointed to not be there," she continued, "but I have to do what is right to protect the health and safety of my band and crew. I will still be making a donation to help the victims of the Australian bush fire. I'm sorry to miss everyone in Australia, but I will be back soon."
I am so disappointed to not be there, but I have to do what is right to protect the health and safety of my band and crew. I will still be making a donation to help the victims of the Australian bush fire. I’m sorry to miss everyone in Australia, but I will be back soon.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 10, 2020
Miley had spent the last few weeks doing the media rounds to promote the show, which was scheduled for this Friday.
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Original story: Miley Cyrus is set to headline a bushfire relief concert in Melbourne this month! She'll be joined by everyone's favourite cowboy Lil Nas X, our very own The Veronicas and British DJ fave Seb Fontaine for the show at Lakeside Stadium on Mar. 13.
Writing on social media, Miley said, "I'm so excited to announce I'm headlining the World Tour Bushfire Relief charity concert . . ."
Proceeds from the event, which will also be carbon-offset, will go to Aussie charities "working to restore forests, wildlife, and communities affected by the devastating fires", the WWF Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund, and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.
The Veronicas have shared their own post, admitting, "It was hard to stay quiet about this one! . . . Let's raise some $$ angels!! ❤️🤍."
The show is "Old Town Road" singer Lil Nas X's first-ever Australian date, and Miley's first since 2014.
Talking to the Sydney Morning Herald on Mar. 1, Miley said: "My dad [Billy Ray Cyrus] always told me that life is a series of adjustments, and that works in times like this. But it just started with an idea of going back to a place that has always meant a lot to me."
She said she 'relates' to Australia, the cattle farms reminding her of "being at home in Nashville, minus the beautiful beaches".
Miley lost her Malibu home to a wildfire in 2018, and with it, including the journal entries for every song she'd ever written. "Losing that magical place definitely had a devastating effect upon me and my life, so being able to be a part of this [fundraiser] is just, you know, I'm connected to it in a lot of personal ways.
"I'm a big animal lover and I was able to get my animals out safely from the fire, but not everyone was as lucky as me. So when I get to Melbourne one of the first things I'm going to do is go visit some of the animals and see firsthand where some of the money will go. That's something I'm really looking forward to."
The World Tour series of events in Australia, including a Mar. 14 Robbie Williams show, runs in conjunction with the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. The series is co-presented by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. Partnering with renewable energy company AgBioEn, the shows aim to "inspir[e] global music fans to play their part in accelerating the transition to a climate-friendly, sustainable future".
Tickets start at $116 here.