At the end of August, tragic news surfaced that Sydney muso Luke Liang lost his battle with depression at just 28 years of age. Known for his keyboard and guitarist roles in Sydney based band Papa vs Pretty, he was one of Australia’s most active guns-for-hire, working with industry heavy weights, Alex the Astronaut, Jack River, Ruel, Nicole Millar, Jaryd James and more.
Tributes have continued to pour in from Australian musicians over social media, with Gang of Youth’s Lead singer David Le’aupepe, just today saying the second time he ever saw Luke play he thought to himself “Jesus Christ, this bloke can do everything.” Alex the Astronaut and Ball Park Music’s Sam Carmichael even dedicated their hearty cover of Bob Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind” to Luke, at Triple J’s One Night Stand Festival in Tasmania.
Now Luke’s closet friends and influences in the industry are coming together to honour his legacy and celebrate his life at a one-off benefit concert in Sydney.
On October 4 at the Metro Theatre “A Bright Light – An Evening for Luke” will have all musicians playing for free, with ticket sales being donated to Support Act – a charity that supports those in the music industry who are dealing with mental health, illness, injury or other crises.
The stacked lineup for the night includes:
Alex The Astronaut
Papa vs Pretty (performing for the first time since their breakup in 2014)
Described by friends as an unstoppable human, even managing to complete a law degree while touring, we see once again that depression is a non-discriminatory illness. With R U OK? Day today it’s a reminder to reach out to your friends even if they seem fine.