Noosa musician Oz Bayldon raised money through his charity Music4Children through
Noosa musician Oz Bayldon raised money through his charity Music4Children through "extreme gigs". He is pictured here taking back his world title for the World's Highest Gig performed in the Mt Everest region. Photo Contributed Contributed

Oz plans to take music to extremes for charity

NOOSA'S Oz Bayldon has taken his music to the extreme, and now he's bringing that excitement home.

The 42-year-old has dedicated the past 18 years to his charity Music4Children and has undertaken a number of "extreme gigs" to raise money.

In doing this he has broken three world records including the highest gig played (twice) in the Mt Everest region, and for performing 44 hours non-stop in London.

The father-of-two has spent the past 20 years living in London and returned to Australian shores last week with his wife and children, but it hasn't quite seen him settle into a suburban lifestyle.

His next big adventure - a musical tour in South America - is already lined up.

NEXT BIG ADVENTURE: Oz Balydon is a musician who raises money for vulnerable children through his extreme gigs. His next gig is in the Amazon.
NEXT BIG ADVENTURE: Oz Balydon is a musician who raises money for vulnerable children through his extreme gigs. His next gig is in the Amazon. Brett Wortman

"People always ask me how I keep going and what drives me," he said.

"And I never know what to say.

"I have always just had a natural abundance of energy and passion.

"When I was on the mountain (in the Himalayas) to play my gig, everyone was struggling and I was doing Elvis impressions."

Back in 2005, Oz broke the world record for the World's Highest Gig, hiking Mt Everest in the Himalayas to more than 5.5km.

But a few years later someone broke his record, which prompted Oz to plan a trip to reclaim the title.

In 2012, Oz played a gig at an elevation of 6.4km which was more than 1000m higher than Mt Everest Base camp.

"I didn't hesitate to plan the trip when I heard my record had been beaten," he said.

Oz said he saw it as "his title" and there was no way he was going to let someone else have it that easily."

Australia's Elle Macpherson supported Oz in his second attempt of the record coming in as a patron of the charity, and musician Sting helped sponsor it.

He now plans to carry on his work, from the comfort of his Noosa home.

"The reason I came home is I can run most things from here," he said.

"I also want to spend more time with the family."

If anyone is interested in coming on board as a sponsor for the Amazon music tour or to help fund a community venue on the Sunshine Coast please email oz@music4children.org.

Achievements

Broke the world record for highest gig twice.

Started the charity Music4Children.

Opened up a educational community centre in London, The Stables.

Restored a derelict and pub in London, The White Lion.

Broke the world record for longest performance non-stop, 44 hours, at a nightclub in Soho in London Soho Lounge.



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