1029 Hot Tomato’s drive team of Moyra, Mal & Baggs have come up with a unique way of using the Gold Coast Airport’s almost deserted runway.
The station will stage a concert with local group Sheppard , in an exclusive and live performance broadcast on 1029 Hot Tomato and streamed via Facebook Live on the airport and radio station’s social media channels, this Friday from 4.30pm.
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.
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
Simon Baggs said the idea for the live runway performance was born during an on-air chat with co-hosts Moyra Major and Mal Lees and George from Sheppard during their local drive show yesterday. “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 standstill. 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.”
George Sheppard, 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.”