Aussie indie-pop faves Sheppard are roaring back to Superloop Adelaide 500 alongside Pete Murray for the highly anticipated Saturday night show.
We spoke to George Sheppard ahead of their return to Superloop stage.
“Last time we were lucky enough to be supporting Robbie Williams, so this time, the fact that we’re getting to co-headline with Pete Murray, it’s very exciting for us,” George says.
Sheppard have recently released their new single ‘Phoenix’, a song dedicated to victims of the Australian bushfires, raising money for those affected by the blaze.
“During New Years we were absolutely devastated… a mixture of confusion, helplessness and guilt, cause we’re sitting up in the sunshine coast which is not affected and we’re having a great holiday… and the country is burning all around us.”
“We decided pretty quickly that we were going to put our musical skills for the cause,” George says.
The profits from Phoenix will be donated to two Australian charities- Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal, a not-for-profit organisation focusing on rural, regional & remote communities, and Wires, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation.
According to George, Phoenix came to be incredibly quickly, “when it is that raw emotion thats pouring out of you, its a lot more definite… it was really quick song, it took about a day and half for the lyrics, and then we spent two days recording it.”
Their vibrant energy and passion for music translates through to their hits that have dominated charts throughout the last decade.
Arguably their biggest hit, Geronimo overtook Pharrell’s Happy on the Aria Charts and it’s easy to see why with the uplifting tune resonated so well with fans.
“We finished writing it around our dining room, Jason, Amy and myself… we thought it was the most fun song we’d ever written.”
Sheppard’s third album is on the horizon and George tells us it’s going to be released in a slightly unusual way.
“We’ve spent the whole of last year writing and recording the third album, we’re going to release a song every month this year.”
“It’s very ambitious to release every song as a single, it presents itself with some unusual challenges. We’ve got a video clip, artwork and a song every month.”
Catch George and the rest of Sheppard this Saturday at Superloop Adelaide 500 alongside Pete Murray. For those feeling lucky, enter our competition below to win a meet & greet with Sheppard for you and a friend.
The after-race line-up begins on Friday night with ARIA Award winners Grinspoon headlining the night, alongside dance sensation Sneaky Sound System and Adelaide’s own The Superjesus, fronted by original rock chick Sarah McLeod. Hilltop Hoods, joined by Illy and G Flip, will be bringing the house down the 2020 event on Sunday.
The Superloop Adelaide 500 will take place 20 – 23 February, 2020.
- Sneaky Sound System
- The Superjesus
- Supported by Music SA Bands on Track Saturday Night concert presented by Mix 102.3
- Pete Murray
- Supported by Music SA Bands on Track Sunday Night concert presented by NOVA Entertainment
- Hilltop Hoods
- Supported by Music SA Bands on Track
Tickets for the 2020 Superloop Adelaide 500 are now on sale.
For more information and tickets visit: www.superloopadl500.com.au.
Your host for this episode is Neely Karimi.