Aussie musos team up for new fundraiser album in response to Bluesfest cancellation
19.04.2021

Aussie musos team up for new fundraiser album in response to Bluesfest cancellation

Emily Wurramara and John Butler
Words by Tom Parker

Featuring contributions from the likes of John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Melbourne Ska Orchestra and more.

Some of Australia’s most popular and promising artists have come together for Get This Double Standard Disbanded – a new 18-track compilation album raising money for Support Act.

The record comes in the wake of Bluesfest’s recent cancellation and the inconsistent COVID safety rules that continue to riddle the arts industry when compared to other industries. To put Get This Double Standard Disbanded into context, when the recent COVID-19 outbreak hit Brisbane and its surrounding areas, Bluesfest was forced to cancel its event a day out from going ahead.

Catch up on the latest music interviews, news and reviews here.

Meanwhile, Sydney’s Royal Easter Show and other sporting events went ahead with larger capacities and less comprehensive social distancing measures.

Get This Double Standard Disbanded is the brainchild of Brisbane-based artist Ella Belfanti and her band TYDE, and features tracks from both emerging and established artists, including the likes of John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Mama Kin Spender, Jeff Lang and more. Emily Wurramara, Katie Who, and ASKYA and James Abberley contributed unreleased songs to the compilation.

“While we believe we have to do the right thing to keep everyone safe, it’s disgusting that sports events in stadiums with no social distancing still go ahead … that a seated, socially distanced arts event gets cancelled next to these sports games,” Belfanti said in an interview on behalf of her band, TYDE, who were billed to perform at Bluesfest.

Get This Double Standard Disbanded will be available from now until Sunday May 9 via Bandcamp with 100% of its proceeds being donated to Support Act.

Check out the compilation album here.