Events: Greazefest 2014
Two cities, one frantic fortnight of Rockabilly, flash metal and mid-century Americana
Melbourne August 9-10
For the past 15 years, GreazeFest has done things differently; it’s not just a ‘rod run’ like everybody else does. This is one enormous carnival of thundering Yank iron, non-stop rock ‘n’ roll and a submergence in 1950s and 60s American culture.
And this year, they’re doing it twice, on consecutive weekends! Robot Productions, who stitch this spectacular festival together, have scheduled it for Melbourne on August 9-10 (Brisbane's event was held on August 2-3). Melbournites should venture out to Sandown Raceway, along the Princes Highway.
Both events feature a cavalcade of rock ‘n’ roll bands for people to swing their hips to, including (but not limited to): Wayne Hancock (Melb/Bris), The Atomic Hi-Tones (Melb), The Sugarshakers (Bris) and DJ Swingabilly Ray (Melb/Bris).
In addition, there will be hairdressers and barbers, tattooists, vintage sellers, retro clothing stalls, automotive parts traders, vinyl record sellers, and the ‘Kustom Art Show’ featuring Australian artists in paintings, tiki carvings, metal sculpture and even pinstriping.
More than 700 hot rods, vintage and muscle cars are expected to turn out, in every American marque you can think of. There’ll be bikes galore, too.
Event organiser Lori Lee Cash says GreazeFest is as much about the music as it is the chrome.
"We’ve had so many rockabilly lovers from all over the country, especially Melbourne, immerse themselves in GreazeFest in Queensland," she said.
"Reaching the 15th year milestone is a huge celebration for the rockabilly community and we are really excited to be taking the festival on the road to Melbourne.
"You will really feel as if you’ve stepped back into the 1950s as the sweet sounds of rock ‘n’ roll descend on Sandown Raceway."
Whether you’re in it for the cars, the culture or a combination of the two, tickets are $28 at the gate, and with any luck the Melbourne weather will behave.
Visit the website for more details: http://www.greazefest.com
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