Reef on Rudd’s mind
XAVIER Rudd knows the importance of taking a stand against projects that threaten the environment, having lent his name to the battle to save James Price Point in Western Australia and the Save the Kimberley movement.
Now he has his sights set on Abbot Point and helping protect the Great Barrier Reef.
The Australian singer/songwriter, who will play at Magnums on Saturday night, said the Great Barrier Reef "is on my mind at the moment".
"Abbot Point, the biggest coal point in the world, has direct effects on the Great Barrier Reef which is already dying," he said.
"It really is under threat. It is a typical Australian Government economic move then they turn a blind eye ... then one of the beautiful wonders of the world is gone.
"Hopefully I can learn more about it and get across it more so we can try and make an awareness plan to help out in every way we can."
Although the protect the reef movement has an uphill battle ahead, Rudd has shown people power can work.
"They said it was 'too big' and that they'd never shut it down but we showed in the Kimberleys it's possible. It was the biggest gas operation our country had seen, that was billions of dollars, but we got it shut down," he said.
"It's amazing what people can do and sharing things on the internet, that's all it takes to grow awareness."
Rudd is touring the country with The United Nations as part of his The Flag Australian Tour. Used to a career globetrotting as a solo artist, Rudd said it has been a nice change performing with such a large group.
"It's a nine-piece band, which is a big band to how I've toured in the past," he said.
"It still has flavours of what I do but it's a much bigger project. There's more going but I love it ... it's a good dance party."
The show includes songs from Rudd's most recent album Nanna - a tribute to his grandmother.
"When I play music, it feels like there's a guardian coming from somewhere else ... there's always an elderly lady with me," he said.
"The spirit of our ancestry is definitely prevalent in music. It filters through in different countries and places."
What: Xavier Rudd and The United Nations
When: Saturday, August 15, 8pm
Tickets: $55 pre-sale or $65 at the door