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1029 Hot Tomato Gold Coast Runway Gig with Sheppard. Image credit: Luke Marsden

Sheppard perform on the Gold Coast Airport tarmac. Image credit: Luke Marsden

Sheppard light up the Gold Coast Airport runway with a unique concert

Maxine Steinmetz | June 2020

Stunning aerial images of the Gold Coast have been broadcast to a national audience in a once-in-a-lifetime event held on the Gold Coast Airport runway.

Brisbane band Sheppard performed live on the tarmac Friday afternoon as part of local radio station 1029 Hot Tomato’s Runway Gig. More than a million people tuned into the 30 minute set which was broadcast on-air and streamed via Facebook.

“It’s a pinch yourself moment, I mean we never thought we’d be doing something like this, and it probably won’t happen again,” said band member George Sheppard.

The history making event was created to bring some positivity and exposure for the Gold Coast region. Hot Tomato announcer Simon Baggs said the gig came together within days, after pitching the idea during a radio interview with the band.

Dreamweavers, Gold Coast Helitours, the Gold Coast Airport and Hot Tomato all came together to make this happen; to give a band an opportunity to perform on a very unique stage, being the runway, and also to showcase our city and to show the rest of Australia right now how beautiful our city is, and when we open up, please come back.”

Gold Coast Airport COO Marion Charlton said coming to work and seeing the terminal empty has been quite eerie.

“We’ve got three flights a week to Sydney with Virgin, and we used to have 420 flights a week.

“It’s very surreal for all of us, but we know that the Gold Coast is well positioned. People are in love with the Gold Coast from all around Australia and we know that as soon as people can travel again, this is where they’ll come,” said Charlton.

Research obtained by the airport shows that the Gold Coast has been the most searched destination by the Sydney and Melbourne markets.

“Prior to Covid-19 the Gold Coast-Sydney, Gold Coast-Melbourne were two of the busiest routes in the whole of Australia, which is extraordinary. So there’s always been a love affair with the people from Sydney and Melbourne with the Gold Coast.

“We’re really keen to get our borders open and get passengers back,” added Charlton.

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