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Sheppard take Aria #1

Published: Friday, 20 July at 1:32pm

Sheppard’s second album ‘Watching the Sky’ has stormed home this week, landing at #1 on the ARIA Albums chart as the band trekked across the country to meet fans.

With their single ‘Hometown’ riding high at radio and on Seven’s ‘House Rules’ promos, the band have gone one better than their #2 debut ‘Bombs Away’, proving not only that the Australian public still love pop rock, but also that you don’t need a major label to hit the top.

“This album has been over three years in the making and for it to reach the top is both satisfying and humbling,” said George Sheppard.

“Thank you to all our fans and those that have helped us on our journey. Our first number one album is such a special milestone for us…… we’ll be celebrating tonight!”

Refusing to be defined by either their success or their detractors, Sheppard have steered their own ship as an independent band, making their own decisions and building a dedicated team that has proven a strong alternative to the majors. ‘Watching the Sky’ is the fifth Australian album to top the ARIA albums chart this year, with all five coming from indie labels, highlighting a shift in the Australian music landscape.

“Sheppard have well and truly shown that even in the world of pop rock, independent is the way to go and it’s a sign that where Aussie music is concerned, the majors are well off the pace,” said Sheppard manager Michael Chugg.

‘Watching The Sky’ features 14 brand new Sheppard tracks including the Australian hits ‘Hometown’, ‘Keep Me Crazy’ and ‘Coming Home’ and Latin American top 10 ‘Edge Of The Night’.

Sheppard are set to take the stage at the upcoming North West Festival on August 25 & 26. Tickets are available here.

North West Festival Announces 2018 Line Up!

Published: Monday, 11 June at 11:00am

Bliss n Eso, Sheppard, Hands Like Houses and Abbe May are the main acts set to take the stage at this year’s North West Festival.

The four internationally acclaimed acts will feature alongside a range of local artists on the 25th and 26th August.

Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said that with the support of Event Partner BHP, the Town of Port Hedland is excited to be bringing the event back for another year.

“North West Festival is one of the biggest events in the Pilbara region, and we are ecstatic to be able to deliver a weekend that all members of our community can enjoy.

“The Saturday night festival will be open only to 18 years and above and is taking place at the stunning Civic Centre Gardens for the second year running.

“The much loved, family friendly North West Sundowner will also take place at the Civic Centre Gardens this year.

“Tickets will go on sale on the 19th June, so keep an eye on the Town of Port Hedland Facebook page for ticketing details.”

BHP Community Relations Manager, Chris Cottier, said that BHP is proud to once again support this exciting local event as part of a long-standing and ongoing commitment to the Port Hedland community.

“We have been a proud supporter of North West Festival since it began in 2012, and we are pleased to continue our support for what is sure to be another fantastic weekend this August.”

The North West Sundowner, presented by Fortescue, will also be held at the Civic Centre Gardens and will feature a series of kids’ activities and a line up to be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, including artist details and ticketing, please visit the Town of Port Hedland website –

Save the Date for 2018 North West Festival!

Published: Thursday, 12 April 2018 at 11:01:29 AM

The Pilbara region’s premier music event, North West Festival, is set to return this August.
Now in its seventh year, the festival will take place with the main music event on Saturday 25th August and a Sundowner on Sunday 26th August.
Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said he was excited to announce that the Town of Port Hedland’s biggest event will return.
“We know that the North West Festival is a much-loved event in the Port Hedland community and brings not only hundreds of visitors to town but also much-anticipated music acts,” Mayor Blanco said.
“There is no other festival like this in the Pilbara region, and we hope the community enjoy what has always been a fantastic weekend.”
Details such as the line-up, location and ticketing will be released over the coming months.
For all updates, please keep a close eye on the Town of Port Hedland Facebook page.