Friday, 12 April 2013

Optus RockCorps at Horden Pavilion, Moore Park, Sydney: The Script, Tinie Tempah and Guy Sebastian

Optus RockCorps at Horden Pavilion, Moore Park, Sydney: The Script, Tinie Tempah and Guy Sebastian - 11th April 2013


How did you get 5000 young Aussies to volunteer for groups such as Wesley Mission, the Smith Family, OzHarvest or the Asylum Seeker Centre? Give them a free ticket for a big pop concert.

Optus were right on the money with this promotion, and it looks like it was a huge win - win - win all round, judging by early reports.

Officially, and perhaps in reality also, you couldn't get a ticket for this Thursday night's Hordern Pavilion concert, headlined by Irish band The Script and Guy Sebastian (also featuring Tinie Tempah and The Potbelleez) because all 5000 attendees did four hours' community work in one of about 65 community projects around Sydney, through the Optus RockCorps program.

The artists playing tonight each did four hours' voluntary work. No word if they had been paid for playing.

Energy levels were high and the historic venue was jam packed with volunteers and fans. About a dozen news media covered the event, which will also get considerable air time on Australian pay TV channels such as Foxtel's MTV, V and the like.

Since 2005, 130,000 young people have done an estimated 500,000 voluntary hours under the RockCorps program, in return receiving free tickets to shows by artists such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5 and Kayne West.

This was a great effort and well done to all involved.

All the performing artists were really friendly to media also, which makes a big difference to the way media workers feel about attending multi-hour concerts such as this one.

Special thanks to Liz, Sophie, Amelia and Nathan who assisted news media greatly.

We are really looking forward to future events from Optus and friends.


Don't miss your chance to be part of something special. Get Involved! Give 4 hours. Get Given 1 exclusive concert ticket.

What better place for Optus RockCorps to launch in Australia than the Hordern Pavilion. Located in central Sydney and built in 1972, this is the venue that is renown for the best sound, vibe and most importantly, the best shows (even the artists love playing here!). With 5000 volunteers rockin out to one of the most exclusive gigs of the year, this is going to be something you don't want to miss.

The Script
So much has changed for The Script since they released their first album four years ago. First they broke Britain, then the States, then everywhere from Asia to South Africa. Along the way, they toured with U2, Take That and Paul McCartney, sailed through the second album syndrome that sinks so many bands, played to a 55,000-strong crowd at an historic hometown show in Dublin, amassed almost four million followers on Facebook, 1.5 million on Twitter, wracked up 100 million YouTube views, and saw their singer star on TV talent show The Voice.

Tinie Tempah
For those of you who are not familiar with this super star, Tinie Tempah is a renowned MC, a hip-hop veteran and has a host of number one hits to his name. He is responsible for tracks such as ‘Written in the Stars’,‘Pass Out’ & ‘RIP ft Tinie’. He has sold out arenas and has worked with artists such as Labrinth, Snoop Dog and the Swedish House Mafia (to name a few). One thing we know for certain, Tinie Tempah is going to blow the roof off the house!

Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian is one of Australia's greatest singers and performers and was the first Australian Idol winner in 2003, capturing the hearts of Australians with his uniqueness and incredible vocal talent. His first solo single 'Angels Brought Me Here' debuted at number one and was the fastest selling Australian single in ARIA chart history. The smash hit single also reached Number 1 in four Asian countries and New Zealand proving Guy is a world class talent. Subsequently he was invited to sing as a guest at American Idol in 2004.

As a songwriter Guy has penned songs for some of the biggest artists in the world including Usher. So far in his career three of Guy's albums were nominated for Highest Selling Album. He has received 10 ARIA nominations and won one. Highest Selling Single for "Angels Brought Me Here" in 2004. He has also won numerous, MTV, Nickelodeon Awards. In 2010 he appeared as a judge on Ch 7's hit show X Factor.


Optus adds The Potbelleez to RockCorps...

Telecommunications provider, Optus, has added Australia electronic music act, The Potbelleez, to the lineup of its RockCorps concert which takes place on April 11 at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion.

Optus RockCorps is an event which “money can’t buy” as tickets are earned through volunteer work. It was launched in Los Angeles by a group of friends who wished to build a community for young people to establish social relationships.

RockCorps intends to encourage individuals to make volunteering a part of youth lifestyle just like sports, music, fashion, and gaming. As such, receiving a ticket requires persons of at least 16 years of age to complete at least four hours of volunteer work at an Optus RockCorps volunteer project.

The Potbelleez joins a line-up consisting The Script, Tinie Tempah, and Guy Sebastian.

“We are super excited to announce we are joining the line-up for the first ever Optus RockCorps concert in Australia,” iKid (Ilan Kidron; vocals and guitar) from The Potbelleez, said.

“We can’t wait to get on stage… and put on a once in a lifetime show to give back to those hardworking volunteers who gave up their time for the community.”


Optus RockCorps

The Script

Horden Pavilion

Music News Australia

Eva Rinaldi Photography