Sponsored: RockCorps coming to Australia for the first time

In 2005, the first ever RockCorps concert was staged by a group of friends in the US. It was born out of a pretty simple concept: throw a huge concert where instead of paying for a ticket, punters have to earn one by volunteering four hours of their time to community service. Young people would get involved with their community; charities would get lent a much-needed hand and everyone who helps would get to go to a free, exclusive gig. Eight years on, RockCorps is a global phenomenon operating everywhere from the UK to Israel and Venezuela. Now, RockCorps is coming to Australia for the very first time.

On Thursday April 11, RockCorps is teaming up with Optus to take over Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion for a free gig led by The Script, Tinie Tempeh and Guy Sebastian. You can’t buy a ticket, and you can’t win one – you can only earn your entry by volunteering to help your community. Beats paying for a concert ticket, eh? Plus if you’re a DJ looking to get a bit of exposure, Optus RockCorps is on the hunt for local beatsmiths to play at each volunteer event. They’ll provide the equipment, all you need to do is turn up with your tunes at the ready.

Around the world, more than 40 RockCorps concerts featuring acts including Kanye West, Korn and Vampire Weekend have already been staged to say thanks to the 130,000 volunteers who’ve donated a whopping 500,000+ hours to local communities. To get involved in the first ever Australian edition and earn your ticket, you must be over 16-years-old and must help with a project specifically organised by Optus RockCorps. To register, head to the Optus RockCorps website or phone 1800 ROCK 800.

Optus RockCorps

The Script, Tinie Tempeh & Guy Sebastian

Thursday, April 11 @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney