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Multiple Benefit Concerts Being Organized to Support Queensland Flood Relief

Flooding in Queensland, Australia is bringing about plenty of benefit concerts, according to Spinner.

While artists like Keith Urban and Mos Def are shuffling around some tour dates to work around the flood, other artists and promoters are putting a more positive spin on the disaster by organizing benefit shows.

A charity concert called Sound Relief 2 is now in the works. Australian promoter Michael Gudinski is hoping that a handful of American artists whose are scheduled to play shows in Australia will still bring their tour there in the coming months. Such artists include Michael Buble, Kings of Leon, Usher, Katy Perry, and Rihanna.

The organizers of the Australian music festival Big Day Out have also announced that $20,000 of their profits will be donated to the Queensland Flood Relief. Benefit concerts in Melbourne are also currently underway. A rap show, a DanceAid show are being organized. Wolfmother will all be donating five dollars from every ticket sold to the Flood Relief, plus they'll be playing a few recently announced "side shows" to help raise more money as well.

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