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Bondstock To Rock The Gold Coast

Bond Campus with jacaranda trees

What do John Howard and the Potbelleez have in common?

They are among the headline acts for Bondstock – a week-long festival from October 6 – 11, organised by Bond University student volunteers to showcase the University’s social, cultural, academic and sporting achievements to the wider community.

This year, festival organisers have secured some big names, including former Prime Minister John Howard AC, to be part of the week’s program.

Bondstock Committee Co-Convenor Matthew Cantatore said one of the highlights of this year’s event would be the “Battle for Ideas” speaker series.

“Our special guests include John Howard AC speaking on the Battle for Leadership; Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Greg Hunt MP, discussing a Battle Plan for the Environment; and top investment banking heavy-weights debating the Battle for Financial Stability,” Matthew said.

A range of social events will complement the academic side to the week, such as a ‘Secret Location’ party, a Bond vs. Griffith Uni Rugby Grudge Match, and the annual Bond Students’ Ball at Royal Pines Resort on Saturday 11 October.

But Matthew insists one of the greatest highlights of the week will be a large scale music festival, set for Tuesday 7 October.

Two-time ARIA award winning band End of Fashion and chart-toppers the Potbelleez will play live to 1,600 people in Bond University’s Sports Hall.

“It will be the biggest student-run event ever hosted at Bond University,” Matthew said.

“While Bond students have snapped up many of the available tickets, we are also opening ticket sales up to the public.

“It is an 18yrs+ only event, kicking off at 7pm, and tickets are a bargain at only $40,” Matthew said.

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