Aria winners announced as Gladstone festival headliners
ARIA-AWARD winning and multi-platinum Brisbane band Sheppard will headline next month's Air Beats Festival in Gladstone.
Sheppard stormed onto the Australian and international music scene in 2014 with its number one hit Geronimo from its debut album Bombs Away.
Gladstone's Blain Park will play host to the Queensland talent on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 30 after its AFL grand final performance.
Joining Sheppard will be Hayley Marsten, who returns home to Gladstone following the release of her 2019 debut album Spectacular Heartbreak, which has been streamed almost 500,000 times.
Several local musicians will join Sheppard including Chris Schofield, the Chris Bax Trio and Jason O'Hara.
Friday, November 20 Air Beats Festival line-up:
- Chris Bax Trio
= Jason O'Hara
- Nathan Bedford
- Jack & Jacinta
Saturday, November 21 Air Beats Festival line-up
- Hayley Marsten
- Smiley n Wayno Duo
- Thomo and Wal Duo
- Chris Schofield
Mayor Matt Burnett said Air Beats would be an experience like no other with purpose built "beat boxes" to be constructed for concert goers.
"The beat boxes will provide social groups of up to five people an exclusive party space to enjoy the concert safely while being socially distant from other attendees," Cr Burnett said.
"We've seen similar COVID-safe events held successfully in England in recent months, although Gladstone's Air Beats will be the first of its kind in Queensland and possibly Australia.
"This event will continue to strengthen the Gladstone Region's profile as a recognised event
destination for Queenslanders, while also providing a new and unique experience for our community.
"Tickets are expected to sell out quickly so visit HERE to secure your very own beat box."
Running from 6pm-11pm across both nights, tickets for the all ages event will go on sale from 9am on Friday, October 30.
Prices start from $110 per beat box, ranging up to $200 per box depending on location.
For more information contact the Community Events team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 4972 2822.