Hockey Dad move Wollongong bushfire fundraiser gig to bigger venue, expand lineup

Odette and Dear Seattle are now also on the bill

Hockey Dad are moving their bushfire fundraiser gig in Wollongong to a bigger venue, and unveiled an expanded lineup.

The Wollongong surf rock duo – comprising Billy Fleming and Zach Stephenson – had previously announced the show would take place at Windang Bowling Club. It will now be held at North Wollongong Pub.

“Turns out we oversold the capacity of our local bowlo by multiple times in the first day,” they wrote on Instagram earlier today (January 10). “We tried super hard to keep it at our local bowlo, as we were really looking forward to having it in our hometown. Although at the end of the day, our aim is to raise as much money as possible for the fire fund and we don’t want to restrict that whatsoever!”


They also noted they’d raised more than $80,000 so far, and are aiming to hit $150,000.

Hockey Dad also unveiled an updated event poster that shows some new acts on the lineup. Odette and Dear Seattle are now on the bill, joining Tumbleweed, Shining Bird, TOTTY and Maddy Jane. Brisbane’s Dune Rats will also perform a special DJ set. Find tickets here.

“These fires have hit real close to home for us, affecting our closest friends and family, not to mention countless more lives,” Hockey Dad wrote in their initial Facebook post announcing the gig on Sunday (January 5). “We have decided to throw a massive show in our hometown bowlo, aiming to raise as much money as possible, in the hopes of getting everyone back on their feet and restoring our flora & fauna.”

“It is more important now than ever for all of us to chip in and help those in need,” the band added. “Forever thankful for everyone who has helped to make this happen. Grab yourself some tix and lets raise as much as possible.”


All profits from the tickets, raffle and merchandise on sale that evening will be donated to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, New South Wales National Parks and the Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Besides a new venue and expanded lineup, Hockey Dad also announced more prizes had been added to the raffle. Signed surfboards from pro surfers are up for grabs, as are prize packs from Music Farmers, Audio-Technica, Vans, Volcom, Drag Board Co, Spunk records, Universal Music, Nandos and several other brands.