Sir Bob Geldof coming to Shepparton

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5 February 2019

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Greater Shepparton City Council in partnership with GV BRaIN are excited to present an evening with leading businessman, Political Activist, Author, Musician and Songwriter, Sir Bob Geldof.

A self-styled campaigner, Sir Bob Geldof is well informed on a broad range of global humanitarian and political issues and for a special evening event he will be joined on stage by multi-award winning journalist Anjali Rao to deliver a captivating Q&A session, touching on a range of topics and bringing out his personal experiences to provoke and motivate the audience.

Event details:
Date: Monday 18 March 2019
Time: Doors open 6:30pm for 7:00pm start
Venue: Eastbank – 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton.
Tickets: $97.50pp general admission.
Limited “Sir Bob meet & greet” tickets $145pp available via phone only – 5832 9511(Riverlinks Box Office)
Tickets on sale 11:00am Thursday 7 February 2019.
Price includes a drink on arrival, canapes, main and dessert platter.
Tickets available at Riverlinks 

Touring Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, Shepparton is the only regional location Sir Bob Geldof will be speaking.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe said securing the event was a brilliant opportunity for the region to add the likes of Sir Geldof as a visitor.

“Ensuring residents have opportunities to witness leading industry professionals is very important for us in delivering entertainment and resources to Greater Shepparton,” Cr O’Keeffe said. 

“We have had many talented speakers visit our city and Sir Bob Geldof and Ms Rao will provide a very unique experience discussing a range of international issues.”

Chair of GV BRaIN Fiona Johnson said they were very fortunate to secure an inspiring speaker to the region.

“Together with our sponsors we are excited to be a part of the special evening and work to continue to ensure the region has easy access to people of the calibre of Sir Bob Geldof,” Ms Johnson said.

“You do not have to be a fan of the Boomtown Rats to know you will not only have a great evening but also have your eyes opened and be challenged to make a positive difference.”

Following the success of the Shepp Square campaign last year, Greater Shepparton City Council was approached to be a part of the 2019 Australia tour by ICMI Speakers and Entertainers.

“In the past, events like this we’re held in larger regional cities such as Geelong so it is remarkable to see Greater Shepparton stepping out as a leading regional destination, suggests Mayor O’Keeffe.”

Entertainment on the night will also include a performance by former local musicians, Sam Ludeman of The Voice fame and Sam Russell.

Sir Bob Geldof:

Starting his career as a successful musician, actor and songwriter, he has gone on to both inspire a generation and make prolific social changes as a philanthropist and political activist.

As the lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, Sir Bob Geldof was a major player in the 80s punk rock movement, including “Rat Trap”, “I Don’t Like Mondays” and “Up All Night”. After leaving the band, he launched a successful solo career and worked as a radio DJ, journalist and television presenter.

He mobilised the pop world to raise funds in an attempt to bring about change. He wrote and performed “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with a variety of other artists under the name, Band Aid – a song which eventually went on to raise more than £8 million for charity.

Following the success of Band Aid, Sir Bob Geldof went on to organise Live Aid in 1985, and raised over £150 million for famine relief in Africa.

He was subsequently granted an honorary knighthood for his charity efforts in 1986.

Sir Bob Geldof has received a number of awards in recognition of his charity work, including a Man of Peace award in 2005 and nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in both 2006 and 2008.

He is internationally recognised as a leading authority on world politics, international and current affairs, music, humanitarian issues, philanthropy, poverty, human rights and Africa

Anjali Rao: 

Is a multi-award winning journalist, who has spent 20 years in the top tiers of broadcast news and current affairs. Previously she has worked as a producer and reporter internationally and was awarded Amnesty International Human Rights Press Award in 2004. 


She has worked for Channel 7 in Melbourne, Sky News in the UK, CNN International predominantly in Asia and has been a presenter on Australia’s SBS show Dateline.Most recently she has been a panellist on Channel Ten’s The Project and Studio Ten.

During her career, Anjali has interviewed some of the world’s highest profile personalities including former US President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, tennis star Roger Federer, and fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld.

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