Entertainment 'We're glad it's out in the world now': Australian band Sheppard addresses feud with Commonwealth Games musical director Katie Noonan after they refused to perform at the closing ceremony for a shockingly low fee

16:02  13 april  2018
16:02  13 april  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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' We ' re glad it ' s out in the world now ': Australian band Sheppard has addressed their feud with Commonwealth Games musical director Katie Noonan after they refused to perform at the closing ceremony for a shockingly low ,000 'honorarium fee '.

' We ' re glad it ' s out in the world now ': Australian band Sheppard addresses feud with Commonwealth Games musical director Katie Noonan after they refused to perform at the closing ceremony for

Australian band Sheppard has addressed the controversy which involved them refusing to perform at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

The group was offered a slot at the high-profile event but declined after being told they would only be paid a $6,000 'honorarium fee'.

Singer Katie Noonan, the musical director of the ceremony who was blamed for the fee handling, was reportedly criticised by the band's frontman George Sheppard in a scathing Facebook post.

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Sheppard made the comments after writing a Facebook post critical of Commonwealth Games musical director Katie Noonan . Among other things, he called the former George singer “mean” and “nasty”. “Karma is a bitch,” he wrote.

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a group of people posing for a photo: 'We're glad it's out in the world now': Australian band Sheppard has addressed their feud with Commonwealth Games musical director Katie Noonan after they refused to perform at the closing ceremony for a shockingly low $6,000 'honorarium fee' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'We're glad it's out in the world now': Australian band Sheppard has addressed their feud with Commonwealth Games musical director Katie Noonan after they refused to perform at the closing ceremony for a shockingly low $6,000 'honorarium fee'

Band members Amy and Emma Sheppard spoke with Hit105's Stav, Abby and Matt on Friday to address the rumoured 'bad blood' between Sheppard and Katie.

'It's terrible, we don't like to have bad blood with people. It's not a nice thing to go through and we do have opinions on it and we're glad that's out in the world now,' Emma said.

'I guess she felt upset because there was a lot of criticism for the opening ceremony, and I guess if you're the musical director you are going to be upset about it. You'd just hope you wouldn't be nasty to people previously,' host Abby said.

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Katie Noonan Wasn’t The Only One That Copped It . Sheppard also directed their anger at the Commonwealth Games organising committee for allegedly only offering the band “peanuts” to perform at the ceremony .

a person with collar shirt: Controversy: Singer Katie Noonan, the musical director of the ceremony who was blamed for the fee handling, was reportedly criticised by the band's frontman George Sheppard in a scathing Facebook post © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Controversy: Singer Katie Noonan, the musical director of the ceremony who was blamed for the fee handling, was reportedly criticised by the band's frontman George Sheppard in a scathing Facebook post

'I think I'm too hot-headed for this conversation,' Amy replied. 'It's very hard, that's why it all blew up, because some of us couldn't hold our tongue.

a group of people posing for a photo: 'Some of us couldn't hold our tongue': Band members Amy and Emma Sheppard (centre) spoke with Hit105's Stav, Abby and Matt on Friday to address the rumoured 'bad blood' between the Sheppard and Katie © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Some of us couldn't hold our tongue': Band members Amy and Emma Sheppard (centre) spoke with Hit105's Stav, Abby and Matt on Friday to address the rumoured 'bad blood' between the Sheppard and Katie


Frontman George previously lashed out at Commonwealth Games organisers, claiming Sheppard was offered 'peanuts' for performing at the closing ceremony.

The group were told they would be paid an 'honorarium fee', which is given to the likes of volunteer sports coaches to cover travel and equipment costs.

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In order to secure their fee, the five-piece band were expected to attend rehearsals for several days, pre-record the song, and perform on the night.

a group of people posing for a photo: Not enough: The group were told they would be paid an 'honorarium fee', which is given to the likes of volunteer sports coaches to cover travel and equipment costs © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Not enough: The group were told they would be paid an 'honorarium fee', which is given to the likes of volunteer sports coaches to cover travel and equipment costs

The band claims they were offered a grand total of $6,000 - hardly enough to cover the studio time required to pre-record, let alone flights and accommodation.

Musical director Katie was quickly blamed for the controversy - however Sheppard has admitted there was bad blood with her before the Commonwealth Games offer.

In 2016, Katie publicly criticised the band for not appearing at the Queensland Music Awards to accept their prize.

'No regrets from me, ever,' George told Hit 105, referring to his scathing remarks on Facebook.

a person standing in front of a piano: Clarification: Katie's manager Jesse Flavell released a statement describing her as a 'cog in a very large machine' and insisted she had no control over fees offered to performing artists © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Clarification: Katie's manager Jesse Flavell released a statement describing her as a 'cog in a very large machine' and insisted she had no control over fees offered to performing artists

The group also released a statement on their Facebook page which pointed out their stance against underpaying hardworking artists.

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'This is about taking a stand that artists matter and what we do has a value. As has been debated in the media, whether you're a sound tech, a door person, the cleaner or a ticket seller, every person in the value chain deserves to get paid to create events and music that the public can enjoy,' the statement read.

'We don't think that should stop short at the artist. To be clear, this isn't about the Commonwealth Games and it isn't even about Sheppard. Of course we could have done the event and of course it would have been good for "exposure", but we think about the message we send out to young musicians by what we can or can't accept as artists in a privileged position.'

a stage with an audience: Big names: John Farnham was allegedly was offered a spot at the ceremony (pictured) but declined. Christine Anu, Ricki-lee Coulter and Delta Goodrem performed at the opening © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Big names: John Farnham was allegedly was offered a spot at the ceremony (pictured) but declined. Christine Anu, Ricki-lee Coulter and Delta Goodrem performed at the opening Katie's manager Jesse Flavell released a statement describing her as a 'cog in a very large machine' and insisted she had no control over fees offered to artists.

'To suggest that the MD has unilateral control and the final say on any creative decisions for events of this magnitude is incorrect,' the statement read.

'To suggest that the MD is involved in setting the commercial terms offered to any performers is incorrect. To suggest that the MD controls the camera work and editing choices of the broadcast partner is incorrect.

'Katie was contracted to do a job as an MD and a performer, which she nailed. In this context, she is a cog in a very large machine.'

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