Touch­ing down

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BRISBANE band Shep­pard will be touch­ing down on the main run­way of the Gold Coast Air­port next Fri­day af­ter­noon for a unique stream­ing con­cert aimed at lift­ing the spir­its of Tweed and Gold Coast res­i­dents.

A POP­U­LAR Aus­tralian band is ready to touch down at Gold Coast Air­port but there won’t be a plane in sight.

Brisbane indie pop band Shep­pard will play live next Fri­day from the air­port run­way and will be broad­cast on 1029 Hot Tomato.

The idea for a live run­way per­for­mance was born dur­ing an on-air chat be­tween the Gold Coast ra­dio hosts and Ge­orge Shep­pard.

Hot Tomato’s Si­mon Baggs said the gig was an op­por­tu­nity to spread some pos­i­tiv­ity across the re­gion as it was strug­gling dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

“I know how much our city is hurt­ing at the mo­ment with the bor­ders shut and tourism at a stand­still,” Mr Baggs said.

“Hav­ing Shep­pard per­form on one of Aus­tralia’s busiest run­ways gives us some­thing pos­i­tive to fo­cus on and show­cases the charm­ing Gold Coast spirit to Aus­tralia and the world.”

Gold Coast Air­port chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Mar­ion Charl­ton said be­ing in­volved in the rare per­for­mance had given air­port team mem­bers, who were keenly an­tic­i­pat­ing the re­turn of reg­u­lar pas­sen­ger traf­fic, a boost.

The live per­for­mance will be broad­cast on 1029 Hot Tomato and live-streamed on the Gold Coast Air­port and ra­dio sta­tion’s Face­book pages from 4.30pm, Fri­day, May 29.


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