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A Heap Of Aussie Acts Are Putting On A Charity Gig To Honour Musician Luke Liang

Featuring performances from Montaigne, Jack River and Papa Vs Pretty, Liang's ex-band.

Next month, Sydney’s Metro Theatre will host ‘A Bright Light’, a charity concert in honour of musician Luke Liang.

Two weeks ago, Liang lost his life to depression at age 28: raising funds for Support Act, a charity and support network for Australian musicians, a roster of Liang’s collaborators and friends will take the stage on October 4.

Acts include Alex The Astronaut, Jarryd James, Montaigne, Thelma Plum, Jack River and a reunited Papa Vs Pretty, Liang’s ex-band. More figures are expected to pop up on the night: Liang was a well-loved figure in Australian music for being both a talented multi-instrumentalist and wonderful presence whether in the studio, on tour or just in their lives.

“For his loved ones, the loss is inconceivable,” wrote Jen Boyce of Ball Park Music in a statement. “For everyone who knew him, his passing comes as a huge shock. Luke had the biggest, most glorious smile and would always do his best to cheer you up or help you out of a bad situation. He had time for everyone and would drop you a line even if he only had a spare half an hour to catch up. It is so unbelievable to think that such a gorgeous soul could lose his battle with depression.

“That’s the thing – depression does not discriminate. It’s like cancer. Some are lucky and go into remission, never to face the beast again. Some endure it to varying degrees their whole lives. For others it is a sudden, severe and incurable disease.”

Recently, Alex The Astronaut and Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack dedicated a moving rendition of Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ to Liang at triple j’s One Night Stand, as Liang was scheduled to perform with them.

Tickets are $40, and available now, with all musicians and the venue putting on the event for free.

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