Townsville rocks out at Rock n Rodz Festival



The Rock n Rodz Nostalgia Festival returned for its fourth year at the Townsville Cluden Racecourse over the weekend.

By Jemma Boisen

Over 3000 rockabilly lovers took a step back in time to experience all things 50s with old, classic cars, rockabilly music and gorgeous pin up girls.

Rock n Rodz Festival was created in North Queensland to give people the opportunity to remember the ‘good old days.’ Members of Townsville’s Twin Cities Rock n Roll club said it was a great chance to celebrate a nostalgia festival in the North.

Twin Cities Rock n Roll Club secretary Renae Summers said she was pleased about the increased interest in the festival during its fourth year running.

“Our aim is an enjoyable, friendly-family time for everybody and to bring back the 50s,” Summers said.

One of the event organiser’s, Shaun Butcher, said that plans are in place to improve for next years festival.

“Every year we want more people, more cars, more market stalls, more bigger and better bands. Twin Cities Rock n Roll Club is a non-profit organisation, so we need as much support from the public as we can,” Butcher said.

The festival had many different stalls, ranging from clothing stalls, makeup and photography stalls, and food stalls.

There were six live bands performing throughout the day, ranging from Townsville’s best local bands to regional artists from Cairns and Brisbane.

The most popular event was The Kitten Kat Walk presentations, featuring women who were dressed in pin-up, vintage or rockabilly style clothing from Katz Alley flaunting their stuff on the cat walk.

Other events included the cake bake off, rockabilly dance lessons, and the ‘mummy and me’ presentations.

To check out some more photos of the day, see Rock n Rodz Nostalgia Festival Facebook page.

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