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