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New Zealand music legend Dave Dobbyn is set to headline a massive charity concert to help victims of the devastating earthquake that hit the country on September 4.

Band Together will be held at Hagley Park in Christchurch – the South Island city where the quake struck – on October 23, and will feature some big names on the Kiwi music scene, including Anika Moa, Bic Runga, Opshop and the Exponents.

“It’s not easy to organize,” said promoter Paul Ellis. “It’s a huge effort to organize a gig like this but it’s a no-brainer. We really want to do it for Canterbury, for the residents of Canterbury, and it was very easy to galvanize the musicians behind it.”

The show starts at midday and runs until 8pm, and will be simulcast on TV, radio and online “for the poor Kiwis in London or New York to share the experience as well”.

News of the concert follows the announcement that 240 student volunteers who helped in the clean-up after the quake have been given free tickets to the upcoming Metallica concert in the city.

The 7.1 Magnitude quake caused widespread damage in Christchurch, New Zealand’s second biggest city.

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