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Exclusive: One Great Night OnEarth "It will be gobsmacking"

In December, if all goes to plan, an expected audience of between 80,000 and 100,000 punters will make their way to the You-Yangs in Victoria to witness a twelve hour lineup of classic rock acts at the inaugural One Great Night On Earth festival.

This is more than just another music festival though; it's the beginning of a huge movement that aims to raise over $15 million dollars each year to help people affected by natural disasters. The festival's Project Director, Lyndel Moore, explained to FasterLouder that “We want to instil in people that at the core of this thing is a message. That is the most important thing… I’m proud that this will be a global movement in a couple of years and it will have started in a mountain range in Australia.”

While we can’t reveal any lineup secrets just yet, Moore boasts that with the assistance of the London booking agency that put together the Led Zeppelin reunion at the O2 Arena in 2007 the festival has put together a lineup that features some “amazing players” who haven’t been seen in Australia for many years.

The festival may have started live as a Moore’s idea, but the festival’s Director of Production Chip Monck – the legendary lighting and staging guru with a resume that includes Monterey Pop Festival, seven years touring with the Rolling Stones and the 'Brown Acid' speech at Woodstock – has been pivotal in helping to secure acts for the lineup.

Moore told FL that “Via getting involved with Chip and his alliances worldwide what we’ve ended up doing is creating this thing that’s going to be quite gob-smacking. But the last thing we want to do is beat our chests and go “watch out world! Look what’s about to happen” because at the core of this project is the fund raising element. One of the biggest stimuli for Chip was the fact was that he was the staging director for George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden. He said that that was the first big fund raising project he worked on but sadly the funds that were raised by the show were held by the IRS in America for eleven years. And he said “I want another crack at it I want to do it right”. He is the most phenomenal character; he’s a cranky old shit at times but he’s every bit the genius that I imagined him to be before I met him and via his involvement a whole lot of other people have come to the table. “

FL reported on the festival's ambitious plans last month and now Moore has spoken to FL at length about the One Great Night One Earth’s aims, development and even gave us few little hints about the lineup.

The lineup:

We have a twelve hour format. We’ll be running from noon to midnight with a warm-up band before midday. There’ll be roughly twelve acts – some of those will be cameos and some will be longer than a one hour set.

A couple will do a tour out side of the festival under the One Great night on Earth banner – really no different to Byron Bay touring. We try to give our artists some benefit to making it all this way to do this thing for nothing so they can play some sideshows. They are retro classic rock acts so a lot of them haven’t been here for a while so we think it would be a bummer if we kept them exclusively within Victoria. It would be a shame if people around the country didn’t get a chance to check the acts out. There are some amazing players doing this thing!

“There are some amazing players doing this thing!"

Originally we were looking at presenting an Aboriginal all stars band. That was touted a long time ago. The tribe that are hosts to the event are the Wathaurong Tribe and they asked us to do a welcome to land which we’ll do, but the talk of an all-star act was in the early stages of the planning before it really got cracking with international booking agents so I doubt that will happen now.

The part of the lineup that has attracted the most attention is the mention that the festival will feature “one of the world’s most amazing and iconic 60s acts out of the U.S. reformed on stage at One Great Night on Earth [for the] first the first time in over 40 years” and that the singer will be “resurrected” on stage. Can you tell us anything about this? There’s been a bit of speculation that it might be The Doors.
It’s not The Doors. I was in the States and I met with a guy out of Ohio who was the first holographic technologist to actually produce multi-holographs over different cities at the one time. And Chip’s always had a fascination for holographic technology. This guy sent us an image called a Pepper’s Ghost which is something that he’s been fine-tuning for a number of years. He came to us and said “how about we do this on your stage in year one? And resurrect a famous lead singer?” We all agreed that if it was cheesy there was no way we were going to do it, and if it couldn’t be done beautifully that we would also avoid it like the plague.

We may not do it. Originally we thought we’d need some ground breaking piece because we didn’t quite know the full ilk of our lineup, but at this stage we don’t know if we can fit it in. If it doesn’t happen in year one it will definitely happen in year two, but we don’t want to do it if it can’t be done right.

[For several reasons FasterLouder can’t reveal which act the festival is planning to present in holographic form, but trust us – what Lyndel told us is incredibly impressive.]

2Pac shows off the hologram technology at Coachella:

This is a little “How much Brown Acid did they take?” A holographic lead singer and it might not fit on the bill because the lineup is too impressive to squeeze in a holographically reincarnated lead singer?!
In all honesty it was the plan to find a bunch of kick arse artists and let’s make it great, but let’s do something that will just blow people away. It just got to the point were we thought “we need to do it because it’s amazing” and then the booking agent out of London said, we hate to rain on your parade but considering the artists that we are speaking to and have confirmed do you want to do that because it may detract from the big lineup that we’re bringing you.

It was something that we were definitely going to do and we probably will do but it won’t happen until year two now.

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Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 5th Apr, 2012

These guys are either the biggest maniacs to ever put on events in Aus, or this show is going to be amazing.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 5th Apr, 2012

I hope this lives up to the build up.

ZePpLiNs666

ZePpLiNs666 said on the 5th Apr, 2012

$150 a ticket? I was expecting around $200, but that is quite good.

mark2712

mark2712 said on the 5th Apr, 2012

buffalo springfield in the line up maybe ???

tauiwi

tauiwi said on the 5th Apr, 2012

Coldplay are here December... they love excuses to be charitable

Hinee

Hinee said on the 5th Apr, 2012

I'm a big sucker for hype. Really looking forward to this

shazie

shazie said on the 5th Apr, 2012

Could only find audio, but this always pops into my mind whenever they're talking about the lineup and what it could end up like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo-T1YoG4l0

herb

herb said on the 5th Apr, 2012

would even be possible to live up to hype like this though?

BeShakey

BeShakey said on the 5th Apr, 2012

i think the buffalo springfield thing has done its dash, but neil young is about to release a new album with crazy horse...

wamster

wamster said on the 6th Apr, 2012

this is a very advantageous project i reckon and expecting to attract 100 k of people is a big ask as well anyway let's see .

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 6th Apr, 2012

It'll be Led Zeppelin with Kerser on vocals. The sickest!

batdan

batdan said on the 6th Apr, 2012

not sure if my computer is broken but was this article written in Magenta?

Dime_fan3

Dime_fan3 said on the 7th Apr, 2012

this will either be the biggest festival of the year, or a dismal failure.

...would love to see the rolling stones on the bill though.

yetiite

yetiite said on the 9th Apr, 2012

You would want to have a band like the Stones on the line-up or it'll be a disappointment. Too much hype is not a good thing.

Sir Toire

Sir Toire said on the 9th Apr, 2012

Jimi Hendrix Experience?

HEAD OF STATE

HEAD OF STATE said on the 10th Apr, 2012

I'm thinking Hendrix Experience if not The Doors. Not many others fit the bill Elvis? I sense a floppity-flop on the horizon!

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 10th Apr, 2012

All three people who played in the Jimi Hendrix Experience are dead.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 10th Apr, 2012



Sounds likely.

http://images.wikia.com/en.futurama/images/6/60/Beck_futurama1.jpg

Sir Toire

Sir Toire said on the 10th Apr, 2012



Didn't realise. That's a shame.

humanracin

humanracin said on the 10th Apr, 2012

Had a dream last night that Kate Bush was on the lineup, way too good to be true I'm sure...

grattan

grattan said on the 13th Apr, 2012

There's an exhibition of Chip's backstage photos of The Rolling Stones at Colour Factory Gallery (407 – 429 Gore Street, Fitzroy) starting next week.
Exhibition dates April 16 – 28, 2012

http://www.colourfactory.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/1.jpg
http://www.colourfactory.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/2.jpg

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 16th Apr, 2012

So if there is a hologram at this i'm putting my money on The Doors.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 16th Apr, 2012

I thought that too, but they also hate each other.

Piko

Piko said on the 17th Apr, 2012

A day on the green gone mad? A huge 100k person festival aimed at baby boomers? It will obviouslly be an all ages show to get those numbers. bloody kids... aarrghghghghgh noooooo

batdan

batdan said on the 17th Apr, 2012

I can see this hologram thing happening more often in the future. It will either be really cool or really fucked up.

Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 18th Apr, 2012

I can see it being really overused for 12 months and then hopefully disappear after that due to promoters trying to use it for really fucked up onstage collaborations and people getting jack of it.

bjw1

bjw1 said on the 18th Apr, 2012

Queen, Nirvana, INXS?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 18th Apr, 2012



Maybe they just need to develop it another level so it can be used for more than just singers.

Once we get a hologram DJ, we could get a RUN DMC reunion.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 19th Apr, 2012

Couldn't Skrillex just take Jay's place? :P

grattan

grattan said on the 6th Jun, 2012

Few changes on the festival's official site (not exactly sure when the update was made):

One Great Night on Earth is proud to be aligned with QEDG in London, Booking Agents for the project. Artist announcements will be released to the media and within the project website imminently.

From the QEDG homepage:

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg39/scaled.php?server=39&filename=onegreat.jpg&res=landing

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 6th Jun, 2012

Jesus fucking christ...

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 6th Jun, 2012

So the gobsmacked bit will be how disappointing the announcement is relative to how much it was built up?

deepend

deepend said on the 8th Jun, 2012

dexter i think you got the first part right, they are the biggest maniacs. does the person who was interviewed seem weird to anyone else? the interview goes from 'not going to do holographic because it's too cheesy and avoid it like the plague', to 'don't know if we will have enough time' to 'if not the first year then defiantly the second year'. its like reading something that the mad hatter would write (am i am being too harsh about the mad hatter?) anyway the fact that they keep saying they are going to get between 80,000 to 100,000 is something i think they maybe need to rethink. when you think that guns n roses got 66,000 at calder freeway, when they were at the top of their game and these guys think they are going to get 100,000 for a couple of bands that were big in the 60's. if these guys were to blow anymore smoke up their arses they will fly away like dumbo

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 8th Jun, 2012

Didn't Dumbo use his ears to fly?

grattan

grattan said on the 8th Jun, 2012



It was offered to them.
They decided that if it looked cheesy they wouldn't do it.
They saw it, it looked good.
It was going to be the talking point act.
Some unexpected issues have come up that mean that they probably can't do it this year.
And then they saw that the lineup is strong enough without a hologram to create attention anyway.

"We all agreed that if it was cheesy there was no way we were going to do it, and if it couldn’t be done beautifully that we would also avoid it like the plague... In all honesty it was the plan to find a bunch of kick arse artists and let’s make it great, but let’s do something that will just blow people away. It just got to the point were we thought “we need to do it because it’s amazing” and then the booking agent out of London said, we hate to rain on your parade but considering the artists that we are speaking to and have confirmed do you want to do that because it may detract from the big lineup that we’re bringing you. It was something that we were defiantly going to do and we probably will do but it won’t happen until year two now.

deepend

deepend said on the 8th Jun, 2012

so who's the line up? the website have been flapping their gums about 'line up to be announced imminently' for what seems like forever. if the bands are booked and are going to be here why not announce it? for a company who is touting themselves as being innovators in the entertainment industry for raising money for natural disasters the whole thing smells like the espy toliets on a early sunday morning.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 8th Jun, 2012

Oh deepend. You and your similes.

deepend

deepend said on the 8th Jun, 2012

i know i sound like a grumpy old fart but it seems like these guys think themselves as the only people that have ever raised funds for people effected by natural disaster. their 'holy than thou' attitude pisses me off. the endless interviews, things said and then retracted sounds like they are a bunch of idiots. maybe they should be taking a leaf out of the "the big day out" management team and do interviews and announcements when things are signed and sealed.

Piko

Piko said on the 9th Jun, 2012

Oh raising funds at a concert in Australia? Hrmm no Crowded House? = P

grattan

grattan said on the 15th Jun, 2012

From their FB on Wednesday -

Our UK based Booking agent is pulling our line-up together and headliners will be announced shortly. I know that's been our mantra for some time now though month by month, the prospects only get better and from time to time a little juggling is required. We are in very good hands and if you dig retro or "classic" rock, you'll be in luck.

JUST TELL US!!!

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 15th Jun, 2012

I'm predicting there will be at least an equal serving of cringe as there will be classic.

shazie

shazie said on the 15th Jun, 2012

Could I get cringe with a swirl of classic?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 15th Jun, 2012



http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PIB_ZmoRhjs/T0KhWBsGoaI/AAAAAAAAC0c/Cr_7YobsUvg/s1600/yes_logo.jpg

grattan

grattan said on the 15th Apr, 2013

So this was over a year ago... how time flies...

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 15th Apr, 2013

http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/622783_10151216282508326_1211249632_o.jpg