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Aussie band Sheppard goes shopping for fans

Australian band Sheppard is to entertain shoppers in Eldon Square ahead of a single release

Australian band Sheppard who are to play in Eldon Square
Australian band Sheppard who are to play in Eldon Square

Shoppers in Newcastle’s Eldon Square will get a lunchtime blast of Aussie rock on Wednesday, courtesy of Sheppard.

The six-piece band from Brisbane has made a splash Down Under and is drumming up interest in forthcoming single Geronimo.

Back home in Australia Geronimo is already a hit. Described as an “ultra-catchy sunshine pop anthem”, it became the first independently released domestic single to top the Australian chart (known as the ARIA chart) in more than 30 years.

It has also bagged the most radio air play in the country so far this year.

Now Sheppard are on the road – a rather curious road – in this country, alternating festival dates with shopping centre appearances.

If you are in INTU Eldon Square at 12 noon on Wednesday you will get the Geronimo experience and find out if Sheppard are what they are cracked up to be.

The band, we are told, began in 2009 as a duo comprising brother and sister Amy and George Sheppard, from Brisbane.

A third member, Jay Bovino, joined in 2011 and then along came another Sheppard sibling, Emma, plus Michael Butler and Dean Gordon.

Geronimo is the band’s second single released under their own label, Empire of Song. In March this year Sheppard signed a deal with Decca Records.

Sheppard’s current lightning UK tour takes in the V Festival (on twin sites in Chelmsford and Staffordshire) before the sextet flit across to Ireland for the Electric Picnic music and arts festival.

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