More than 1,500 KI locals have turned out for last night’s Garden Gala on Kangaroo Island.

The event was free to island locals, with 10 comedians and performers donating their time to contribute to the performance, including Tom Gleeson, Frank Woodley, Harley Breen and Mix 102.3’s own Mark ‘Soda’ Soderstrom.

The idea of transporting the Garden of Unearthly Delights from Adelaide’s East parklands to the island originally stemmed from an on-air conversation between Soda and Erin Phillips as a way to boost morale for those affected by this year’s devastating bushfires.

“The impact on the island was absolutely huge…there was no one on the island that wasn’t affected”, said one KI local, while Erin Phillips made mention that this year’s Adelaide Crows end-of-season trip would be heading to the island.