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Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival 2015

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Lose yourself in the colour and excitement of the 1950s
Rockabilly, one of the earliest styles of rock and roll dating to the early 1950s, is set to take over the streets of Ballarat's CBD in an impressive way as the historic town celebrates the third annual Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival.

Come and play at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival for one day or all 4 days from 12 to 15 February 201. Die-hard Rockabilly fans will be in heaven, and those new to the genre will find plenty of colour, life, movement and music to entertain them for hours. The rockabilly crowd at Ballarat Beat is one of the most joyous crowds you'll find anywhere. The aim is fun and it is always reached with local music acts spilling from bars and balconies, hundreds of glamorous retro guys and gals flocking into town, parades of classic cars and hot rods, unique market stalls and more.

It's a festival not only for the rockabilly enthusiast but is a fun-filled weekend, with the following highlights for everyone:

Live Music

To kick off this annual event, a Pre-Party featuring live music from The Detonators and Atomic Hi-Tones will take place at the George Hotel on Thursday evening.

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The Detonators

The Detonators and the Atomic Hi-Tones are both Melbourne based original roots rockers bands. Be prepared for a live performance of high fuelled roots rock and roll.

On Friday and Saturday night, see the two bands play another set, amongst musicians Jump & Jive and TJ & The Twinspinners.

Brittany-Jean Pin Up Model

Brittany-Jean is an American Pin Up model who raises funds for US service personnel. Join her for her photo shoot at the Ballarat Aviation Museum (Ballarat Airport) at 12pm on Friday 13 February 2015.

Tiki Launch Party

On Friday 13 Feb, see Brittany-Jean at the Tiki Launch Party which starts at 4pm on the Balcony at The George Hotel. There will be music by DJ Cece Brown and Tiki cocktails served until 10pm. Brittany-Jean will make an appearance at 7pm. Tickets for the party at $20 at the door, free with a Weekend Rockabilly Festival pass.

Street Festival

On Saturday hit Lydiard Street in Ballarat's CBD for the all day street party – including a classic car show, trade stalls, buskers, live rock n roll, rockabilly DJs & dancing and kid's activities. At 12pm view a vintage fashion parade and at 1 to 3pm there will be intermediate dance classes for to join in or watch the jitterbug and boogie-woogie.

The Miss Ballarat Beat Pin Up Competition

Also on Saturday, view 1950's fashion as 12 finalists decked in the three award categories; pin up day wear, tiki wear and evening wear strut their stuff to take out The Miss Ballarat Beat Pin Up Competition.

Fashion Parade: Ballarat Beat Best Dressed 2015

Guys, gals and kids will show us what they've got in the fashion stakes at the Ballarat Beat Best Dressed competition to be held on Sunday 15 February 2015 at 1pm.

Entries are still open for the competition.

Poodle Parade

Poodles were the fad dogs of the 1950's and Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival 2015 are putting on a poodle parade to celebrate. The parade will take place on Sunday 15 February at 3pm. If you have a poodle that you want to parade, enter here. Entry is free to parade your pooch.

Classic and Hot Rod Car Show

Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival 2015 wants to see your car on show on Lydiard Street on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February 2015!

Entry is free for those wanting to show off their hot rods. Click here to enter and for more information.

The George Hotel

The George Hotel with its rich history is the official hotel of Ballarat Beat. The refurbished inn's history dates back to 1853 when the first building stood until the 1880's, where Parliamentary honours addressed open air meetings from the George balcony to the crowded assemblages on the roadway below. The second George hotel erected at the end of the Victoria era in 1902 still stands and will provide 2 of the main venues for the festival: The Lounge for band performances, and the Lane for food, beverages and free live music. The venue next door "Lydiard Wine Bar" will also be a main band performance venue and the Mining Exchange (across the road from The George) is the 3rd live music and fashion parade venue.

The George's usual (and delicious) menus will be available along with Rockabilly style food such as burgers, dogs and shakes.

Check out the George's menus at online (and follow the tabs across for all dining outlets at The George).

All food and beverage businesses in the Lydiard Street strip (between Mair and Sturt Streets), will be getting into the Rockabilly festival spirit too!

With live performances from Thursday to Sunday 15th, you will surely end up at the George Hotel Balcony at some point. If you're still around on the Sunday, there is a free tiki party on the balcony from 4-10pm with live music and cocktails.

Rockabilly themed Burlesque Show

The House of Burlesque, a dance school from Brunswick that specialises in showcasing the art of striptease is coming to Ballarat! Weekend Festival Passes include entry to the Rockabilly themed Burlesque Show at the stunning Alexandria on Lydiard on Sat 14th February from 8pm.

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Over the weekend you will see local musical acts, art exhibitions, fashion parades, specialty clothes and trade stalls, rock and roll dance lessons, car displays and the crowning of 2014 Miss Ballarat Beat Pin-up.


Ballarat Beat's Rockabilly Weekend Pass priced at $120 is great value, allowing access to all areas for the entire event (venue, band, performances and shows including the burlesque show) from the evening of Thurs 12 Feb through to Sun 15 Feb 2015. Rockabilly Day Passes are also available for $50 per person per day - allowing access to all areas for a day on either Sat 14 Feb or Sun 15 Feb 2015.

Book via Ticket Master.

View the full program here.
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Why? Celebrates all things rockabilly
When: 12 - 15 February 2015
Where: Lydiard St N Ballarat VIC 3350
Cost: Free entry to street festival - $120 weekend pass access all areas
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