Brisbane rock community getting behind baby Phoenix

kylieBass player, gig facilitator and festival roustabout, Kylie Lovejoy, is considered rock royalty in her hometown of Brisbane, Australia. She recently made headlines around the world with the unexpected and dramatic arrival of her son Phoenix, who arrived three months premature while Lovejoy was holidaying in Hawaii with her partner Brendan Wright and brother, renowned record producer, Jeff Lovejoy.

Baby Phoenix Koa Wright Lovejoy was born at 26 weeks gestation and weighed just 1115 grams (2.75 pounds) at birth.

Idyllic location aside, the delicate nature of such a premature birth has placed Kylie in a position of financial hardship with Phoenix needing round-the-clock care in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Honolulu until he has reached full term age.

Kylie will be residing in Hawaii for at least three months, until Phoenix is strong enough to fly home to Australia. Whilst some of the extensive medical expenses look likely to end up being covered by the US version of Medicare, the family must still meet the costs of Kylie's living expenses whilst she is staying in Hawaii. She currently has no income and is wading through a mountain of insurance company red-tape.

A group of Kylie and Brendan's friends and supporters have banded together to help raise funds for little Phoenix and his family in a loving attempt to meet these expenses.

A crowd-funding page (http://www.youcaring.com/kylie-lovejoy-and-family-382944) has been set up for immediate donations, and a benefit concert has been organized at The Triffid in Brisbane's Newstead for Sunday October 11, from midday.

Featuring some of the cream of Brisbane's rock community, the concert promises to be an entertaining and feel good afternoon and evening of great musicianship and festivities. The line-up includes Mick Medew & The Rumours, The Predators, Sabrina Lawrie & The Hunting Party, 52 Pickups, Weezal, Some Jerks, Lovejoy Surf, and DJ Earthling.

A limited number of pre-show tickets are available for $15 +BF from Oztix and www.thetriffid.com.au and will go on sale on Friday, August 14 at 9am. Further tickets are also available at the event for $20 with donations being received at the door. There will also be a raffle held with some amazing rock memorabilia up for grabs.

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