Sheppard to hit the Gold Coast Airport runway for exclusive Hot Tomato performance

Say Geronimo… or should we say Gold Coast… Sheppard are coming to town next week for an exclusive and very ‘rockstar’ performance.

Brisbane-based Sheppard will be venturing down the M1 next Friday 29 May and heading straight on to the tarmac at Gold Coast Airport where they will perform an epic 5 song set live at 4.30pm.

Gold Coasters will be able to hear the band perform live by tuning in to 1029 Hot Tomato, and the show will also be streamed via Facebook Live on the airport and radio station’s social media channels.


The idea for the live runway performance was born during a chat between George Sheppard and 1029 Hot Tomato’s Moyra, Mal & Baggs this afternoon.

Take a listen below:

George, who together with sisters Amy and Emma make up the core of the Sheppard band, said he was excited to take part in the runway gig.

“Getting to perform our music on a runway is a once in a lifetime opportunity – we couldn’t be more excited. The Gold Coast is like our second home and we’re so grateful that we get to give back to the city in such an epic, unique and memorable way,” he said.

Simon Baggs from the Moyra, Mal and Baggs drive program on Hot Tomato said he was thrilled the band agreed to take part in the runway show.

“As a proud Gold Coaster born and bred I know how much our city is hurting at the moment with the borders shut and tourism at a stand still. 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,”  he said.

1029 Hot Tomato Content Director Brendon Dangar said the unique gig of having a Queensland ARIA-winning band perform live from the Gold Coast runway is a special opportunity for the station to be delivering.

“As the only 100 per cent Gold Coast station, Hot Tomato is again excited to deliver an exclusive event to our audience that showcases our amazing city to the world,” he said.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity we only dream of and I’m so proud of our local GC team for pulling this together for the Gold and Tweed coasts.”

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.

“We hope this one-off event also lifts the spirits of Gold Coasters and northern NSW residents impacted by COVID-19 – this has been an extremely challenging time for most people,” she said.

“As soon as the Queensland border is open and travel restrictions have eased, the airfield will be busy again and the terminal will be bustling with holiday makers flooding back into Queensland.”

Take a listen to the full chat with Marion below:

Sheppard will perform live from the Gold Coast Airport on Friday 29 May at 4:30pm. Tune in to 1029 Hot Tomato to listen to the show, or watch in unfold via Facebook Live here.

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Love this! So awesome and the team at Light Up Letters based in Burleigh would love to be involved in providing their giant light up letters to spell out Geronimo … or Sheppard or both for this awesome event!

Would love to hear from you Carla!

Thank you