- BrisBAND3 at Brisbane’s The Triffid on 24 August 2019 raises money for neonatal care and research.
- Staff from the Big Four accounting firms and other corporates will take to the stage for an evening of rock entertainment.
- Deloitte Brisbane managing partner and Triffid part-owner John Greig FCA started the event three years ago.
By Sally Rose
If you can be in Brisbane on Saturday 24 August, get along to BrisBAND3 at The Triffid to support accountants rocking out for charity.
The bands on the night are made up of talented amateur musicians whose day jobs are with the Big Four and other Brisbane corporates. It’s your chance to be awed, amused or appalled by your colleagues’ antics on stage.
Deloitte Brisbane managing partner John Greig FCA is part-owner of Brisbane live music venue The Triffid. He started the event three years ago to raise money for neonatal research and care.
“In our first two years we have raised over A$70,000 and I am confident that in our third year we can bring that total to well over A$100,000,” he says.
“In our first two years we have raised over A$70,000 and I am confident that in our third year we can bring that total to well over A$100,000.”
Last year, BrisBAND2 attracted 540 people and raised A$40,000. Greig is hopeful that can be bettered in 2019.
The Triffid supplies the venue for free, and this year ticket seller Oztix is also donating part of its booking fee. Tickets are available from just A$30 via pre-booking online or A$35 at the door, and there are plenty of other ways for punters to donate.
“There are also some amazing raffle and auction prizes up for grabs, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital Foundation,” Greig says.
Proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, which is affiliated with the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. In particular, the funds will go to support neonatal research and initiatives to improve outcomes for babies born early.
It is a cause close to Greig’s heart. One of his two sons, now 26, was born at just 28 weeks. Since then, Greig and his partner have been helping Professor Paul Colditz, who cared for their son, with fundraising.
After opening The Triffid in late 2014, Greig saw a chance to do something that could involve the Brisbane accounting and business community, as well as young and emerging musicians. He initially envisaged a ‘battle of the bands’ format but abandoned that in favour of a showcase.
“For those of us working across the Big Four firms, we already compete in the market every day,” Greig says. “This is an opportunity to come together for a fun night and support a good cause.”
While the event started in 2017 with bands from the Big Four firms, since then a few of their clients have entered their own bands. And you can expect a big finish to the night with a performance from a ‘supergroup’ made up of members from each band.
KPMG: Massive A-Tax
PwC: Elastic Ice Lodge
VP Videopro: Rack City
CS Energy: The Turbineators
Tickets also available at the door for A$35.
Saturday 24 August 2019
7-9 Stratton Street
Call (07) 3171 3001