IF there was any rivalry about which state staged the best show to raise money for the Victorian bushfires and the floods in Queensland, organisers of Saturday's Sound Relief concerts were not saying. The Sydney and Melbourne concerts on Saturday raised $5 million. In Melbourne, a sold-out crowd of more than 80,000 packed the MCG to listen to acts such as the US band Kings of Leon, Midnight Oil and Kylie Minogue. Organisers said it was the biggest paying audience at any Australian concert or charity event. Millions more heard the concert on television and radio. Fewer than 40,000 attended the Sydney concert, leaving vacant almost two full stands in the SCG. Despite Sydney's lower-than-expected numbers, organisers have declared the "musical feast" in both cities a success. Proceeds from the Sydney concert will be divided equally between victims of the Victorian bushfires and of the floods that have affected large parts of south-east Queensland. The mood was upbeat across both venues for most of the day but the crowd fell sombre as the actor Toni Collette, videolinked from Sydney, led a minute's silence for the victims. - SMH Princes Harry and William also expressed their sympathy in a speech from Buckingham Palace. Organisers described the event as "full of surprises and full of emotion". "It was a day for the ages, an event like no other that will live in the hearts of many Australians for generations to come," they said in a statement. SMH