Shan­non Noll takes Air­lie Beach by storm

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

AIR­LIE Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic lived up to its rep­u­ta­tion as a party in par­adise for the vis­it­ing bands and crowds alike.

Fes­ti­val pro­moter Gavin “Butto” But­lin said the mu­sic was great and the crowds were well be­haved.

“Sneaky Sound Sys­tem were un­be­liev­able, Shan­non Noll put on a great show and so did Glen Mat­lock – he rocked it,” he said.

Shan­non Noll brought his wife Rochelle and chil­dren Si­enna, 11, Blake, 14 and Cody, 16, along to ex­pe­ri­ence Air­lie Beach.

“I’m just stoked to be here,” he said.

“I’ve been look­ing for­ward to this gig for a while so to fi­nally be here now and to ac­tu­ally be able to take the fam­ily to a gig and such a beau­ti­ful place is a rare thing.”

Sneaky Sound Sys­tem’s Black An­gus and Miss Con­nie ar­rived fresh from a European stint and said it was great to be back in Air­lie Beach for the first time in a decade.

“It’s al­ways beau­ti­ful to be able to drive into that stun­ning bay of yours and it’s pretty pump­ing here at the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic,” An­gus said.

“We did a very long tour in about 2007 and this was the last pit stop be­fore we went off to play Glas­ton­bury. We had one hell of a party here and we met some lovely lo­cal peo­ple.”

Found­ing mem­ber of the Sex Pis­tols Glen Mat­lock said he en­joyed catch­ing a bit of the Baby An­i­mals set be­fore tak­ing to the stage him­self.

The god­fa­ther of punk didn’t miss a beat de­spite ad­mit­ting he’s now a lot tamer now than he was in his youth.

“I’m on the cof­fee these days – flat white – I be­lieve you Aus­tralians in­vented it,” he joked.

Per­haps the artist with the most beau­ti­ful ac­co­lade was Kate Ce­ber­ano, Aus­tralia’s re­spected princess of pop mu­sic.

“There isn’t any­thing quite like this place, it’s re­ally hon­est and ap­proach­able,” she said.

“This is the place that holds ev­ery­one’s heart. It’s very Aus­tralian – a price­less jewel.”

PHOTO: AN­DREW PAT­TIN­SON / VAMPP PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

FAM­ILY GET­AWAY: Shan­non Noll brought his wife Rochelle and chil­dren Si­enna, Blake and Cody along to ex­pe­ri­ence Air­lie Beach.

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