Hot Tomato’s runway gig with Sheppard a flying success

History was made on the Gold Coast Airport tarmac on Friday afternoon, with Aussie band Sheppard performing live as part of 1029 Hot Tomato’s Runway Gig.

The concert was the first of its kind to ever take place on the Gold Coast Airport runway, with more than 130,000 people tuning in to enjoy the spectacle which was broadcast on-air and streamed live via Facebook.

The local radio station created the event to bring some positivity to everyone on the Gold Coast and Tweed, after the idea was sparked on Moyra, Mal & Bagg’s drive show last week.


During a chat with George Sheppard, radio host Simon Baggs pitched the runway gig idea, with Gold Coast Airport, Dreamweavers Production and Gold Coast Helitours jumping on board to help make the performance a reality.

During the live concert, Amy Sheppard thanked the Gold Coast and said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Thank you so much to the Gold Coast for having us. It has been such a treat. We love the Gold Coast, we love visiting, and as soon as we can we will be back for a holiday,” she said.

1029 Hot Tomato’s drive time announcers Moyra Major and Simon Baggs were both thrilled to be airside for the unique performance.

“What an amazing experience! Just hearing live music for the first time in months was brilliant, but it coming from the middle of the Gold Coast runway was something I’m sure we will never forget,” said Moyra.

“Sheppard were absolutely incredible, and seeing a band perform on the Gold Coast Airport runway is an experience we may never see again! There was a massive team behind this, huge thank you to the team at Dreamweavers and Gold Coast Helitours they have done such an amazing job! These companies have come on board, donating their time and service to showcase our beautiful city to the world,”  said Baggs.

Check out all the behind the scenes action from the runway gig in the video below: