3 November, 2023

The Gold Coast gets ready to welcome music icon Paul McCartney

On Saturday 4 November, iconic singer-songwriter and performer Paul McCartney will perform for the first time on the Gold Coast, and the city is more than ready to welcome the music legend.

Paul McCartney’s performance at Heritage Bank Stadium will be the final show on the Australian leg of his acclaimed ‘Got Back’ Tour, with the stadium preparing for tens of thousands of fans to descend on Carrara to enjoy this not-to-be-missed show.

The stadium’s General Manager Tim Carey said the event would be another international blockbuster for the Gold Coast community to enjoy.

“At Heritage Bank Stadium we pride ourselves on being able to deliver world-class events right here on the Gold Coast,” Mr Carey said.“Our city has now become a premier location for touring artists to visit and we are excited to welcome Paul McCartney to our ever-growing list of international acts hosted at Heritage Bank Stadium.”

“The stage is set and we’re looking forward to seeing Paul McCartney bring Heritage Bank Stadium to life on Saturday night.”

With just over 24 hours until Paul McCartney takes to the stage, the production and catering bump in is in full swing with the stadium revealing what goes into preparing for a show of this size.

Not only does it take a full week to transition the stadium from an AFLW match on Friday 27 October to Paul McCartney on Saturday 4 November but 20,000sqm of turf protection needs to be laid out and 14,000 temporary seats installed on the footy field.

The stadium’s catering team are readying themselves for a big night, estimating that concert goers will consume 3,500 cups of hot chips,1000 hot dogs,17,000 beers and 5,000 bottles of water. Then when the show is over 25 x 40ft trucks full of Tour production equipment will be shipped out, within two hours of the closing song.

“This is going to be a once in a lifetime performance you don’t want to miss,” said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

“To have Paul McCartney choose to play his final Australian concert of the tour in our city sends a message to the world that we put on great shows and we are determined to continue to attract the world’s best artists to our shores.”

If you haven’t already secured your tickets, there are still limited tickets available through Ticketek.

Heritage Bank Stadium is encouraging fans attending Saturday’s concert to get there early to avoid queues. Gates open at 5:00pm (early access available from 3:00pm) with the concert scheduled to start at 7:00pm.

Public transport to the stadium is free on QLD Rail and Kinetic Buses. Visit Translink for more information.

Acting CEO of Experience Gold Coast Rachel Hancock said businesses and hotels across the Gold Coast are gearing up for a busy weekend.

“Our STR Accommodation Report is showing really strong bookings over this weekend for Paul McCartney with occupancy up around 88% for Saturday night which is terrific and up on this time last year,” said Ms Hancock. “Recent trends tell us we can still expect some last-minute bookings as well so we’re anticipating Paul McCartney’s concert will bring a significant boost for the local economy.”

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