The annual family-friendly rockabilly event, GreazeFest, is rolling into town again for another bumper weekend of international rockabilly rockers, fashion parades and the most chromed-up hot rods in the country.
Presented by Robot Productions, the sweet sounds of rock ‘n’ roll are set to re-emerge as thousands descend on Rocklea Showgrounds during the 14th annual action-packed GreazeFest event from Friday 2 – Sunday 4 August 2013.
Event organiser Lori Lee Cash of Robot Productions said the three-day festival will be the biggest yet, with an additional full day of family-friendly kustom kulture.
“We’re very excited to announce the extended times for GreazeFest this year, so that the rockabilly action kicks off on Friday night, runs through the day and night on Saturday and then all day Sunday. It will give people more time to immerse themselves in everything rockabilly,” she said.
“We have 30 live performances, 150 market stalls, a tiki village, an evolving art display, fashion parades, live demonstrations and 500 of the most dazzling hot rods you’ll ever see, so there’s something for everyone.”
Visitors this year can expect an outstanding live show from both US headliners, The Paladins from San Diego and The Chop Tops from Santa Cruz, who are flying in to energise the audience with their full-tilt rockabilly sounds.
The Paladins, made their mark in the 1990s as one of the hardest-working live acts in the world. Their show in Australia is a special once-off reunion show, exclusive to GreazeFest.
The Chop Tops are keeping the rockabilly flame alight, touring constantly to their many fans across the world and they’ll be gearing up for a powerful performance onstage at GreazeFest.
Complementing the headline acts will be a stellar line up of interstate bands including Melbourne’s Doubleblack, Coral Lee & The Silver Scream, The Detonators, Matt Dwyer’s Little Big Band, plus The Satellites from Adelaide and Pat Capocci Combo from Sydney, amongst many more.
Plenty of local Brisbane rockabilly bands will take the stage throughout the weekend with Men Into Space, West Texas Crude, Dan & The Dualtones, Los Tros Cardios, The Sugar Shakers, The Mayhem County Boys and DJ Leapin Lawrie and more shaking up the stages.
Promising a broad spectrum of eye-catching chrome and metal-flaked dream machines, one of the main highlights of the weekend is the two day Hot Rod Show with over 500 hot rods driving in from across the state and beyond.
The Low Brow Art Show is another huge attraction, taking place inside the Hula Lounge tiki village, displaying creations from local artists including paintings, timber and metal sculptures, photography and pinstriped works.
The Art Show also features a special hub-cap painting competition, where 12 invited artists present their hand painted ‘moon disc’ hub cap. The public can vote for their favourite hub cap and funds raised from this project are donated to the RSPCA.
Taking GreazeFest art to another level will be two of America’s most renowned artists, The Pizz and Von Hot Rod, adding a burst of colour to the festival as they fly into Australia to showcase their talent and conduct live demonstrations.
The Pizz is a globally renowned artist and three time feature designer on the Discovery Channel’s Monster Garage, and has created collector vinyl toys, tiki drink ware and record cover art.
GreazeFest’s much loved guest and international pinstripe artist, Von Hot Rod, will return this year laying stripes and kustom lines on vehicles, giving festival goers the chance to get their favourite pieces striped by the ‘Master of Fine Line’.
The GreazeFest Fashion Parade on Saturday, will show off the latest looks in the rockabilly world, including rose print day dresses, petticoat circle skirts and western style pearl snap shirts.
On Sunday, the GreazeFest presents Fashions of the Fest, where audience members have the chance to strut their stuff and show off their own outfits on the day. Both parades are hosted by Chrissy Keepance from The Lindy Charm School.
Guys and dolls can also expect to be pampered by a collection of hairstylists, barbers, makeover artists and stylists, as well as sit in for educational sessions on hair and makeup from US stylist Susanna Victoria Clark from Vestige Photography, recognised world-wide for her glamorous pin-up photography.
Mrs Cash said the multi-faceted event offers something to appeal to all ages.
“There’s something for all of the family with both licenced and alcohol free areas. This event attracts a wonderful array of people from all over the country and we encourage everyone to get along and join in on the fun,” she said.
“You really feel as if you’ve stepped back into the 1950s with everyone dressed head to toe in vintage outfits, pin up dresses and glamorous threads while they immerse themselves in kustom kulture and everything rockabilly.”
GreazeFest will take place at Rocklea Showgrounds on Friday August 2, Saturday August 3 and Sunday August 4.