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If these images alone are enough to entice and excite, it's clear that you can't afford to miss the wildly popular Cooly Rocks On Festival on Marine Parade & Griffith St, Coolangatta! From 9am to late each day (11.30pm) over 9-13 June 2021, you'll think you've stepped into a time machine with an explosion of 50s, 60s and 70s nostalgia around you. Get ready to Rock 'n' Roll as Cooly Rocks On and becomes the envy of every other state.

Enthusiasts and locals alike can catch a rare glimpse into the past with a display of classic cars, stunning outfits and dazzling live entertainment. Hurry and register to attend this FREE event before capacity is exhausted. Get the FAQs here. To keep up-to-date, make sure you're following the official Facebook page.


For the nuts and bolts on Transport and Travel, see here. If you're travelling from way over yonder just to be at the festival, see here for Accommodation! For the Classic Car Enthusiasts, you'll find all information here. See below for a summary.

Sat 12 & Sun 13 Jun 9am to 5pm along Marine Parade, Griffith St & Goodwin Park - Shannons Show 'N' Shine - Get up close and personal as you admire over 600 cars from the 50s, 60s & 70s era, including classics, customs, hot rods and muscle cars.
Thu 10 Jun 12-5pm & Fri to Sun 11-13 Jun 9am to 5pm at IMRG HQ Marine Parade, Coolangatta - Indian Motorcycle Meet-Up - Festival-goers can check out the hottest Indian Motorcycles on display, including the latest models hot off the production line, plus browse the large range of apparel for sale at the beachside Indian HQ.
Fri 11 Jun 12-5pm *Hot Rod Build 1-3pm & Sat 12 & Sun 13 June 9am-5pm *Hot Rod Build 9-11am & 1-3pm at Kustomville (southern end of beachfront) - Kustomville - Watch as the Beatniks assemble a traditional styled Hot Rod Rolling Chassis made specifically by Deathwish Hotrods on the Gold Coast. Or, take a stroll through Kustomville and enjoy a display of traditional-style rods, kustoms, bombs, and lowriders, and an array of lowbrow art.

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Returning with a twist, the country's largest Rock 'n' Roll and nostalgia festival will welcome the spirit of VIVA Surfers Paradise to bring the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, an Elvis Presley Enterprises sanctioned event, to the Coolangatta beachfront. Showcasing the sounds of The King with spectacular performances, classic displays, and memories of the golden era at Cooly Rocks On. Indulge in the retro-feel atmosphere and enjoy the Harvest Moon Swing Ball and of course the Miss Cooly Rocks On Pageant across 5 sensational days and nights. It's a celebration of music memories and moments of the aforementioned era.

There's entertainment galore from Rock 'n' Roll to Rockabilly and swing music. Just checking out the lineup of Artists lets you know you're in for more than a good time! You have Shelley Minson, born to be part of the rockabilly scene. She's received widespread airplay with a number of singles reaching the top 10 on the Australian Country charts. Ezra Lee, Australia's wildest piano player with an original style that's steeped in rumbling boogie-woogie, low down blues and untamed rockabilly.

Cherry Divine, dubbed the Princess of Rockabilly", is an internationally travelled, high energy, Rockabilly artist. The event would not be complete without an Elvis tribute artist like Jack Gatto. He is recognised as one of Australia's leading Elvis Tribute Artists, winning a string of awards nationwide. In 2016, he again represented Australia in the World Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. In which he was a finalist. Just a few to whet your appetite for a great lineup of many music greats.


There's five days of Elvis activity to be added to an already bursting program, bringing 'The King' to Cooly. Get the ultimate VIP experience when you purchase a Legends Pass and enjoy VIP seating, meet and greets, exclusive events throughout the festival, a themed bar and a series of special 'king' style gifts just to name a few. Put on your blue suede shoes as Cooly Rocks On hosts the preliminary rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest (UETA). Get ready to watch the top 20 Elvis Tribute Artists take to the stage to compete in an official preliminary round. Get ready as the King will be back in the building at Cooly Rocks On 2021.

The gals aren't sitting quiet either with the Miss Rockabilly Pageant in their sights on Thursday 10 June 2021 from 7pm to 9pm at The Coolangatta Hotel. Follow the link to check out the finalists and watch all 8 complete on stage through 3 categories - daywear, evening wear and express the uniqueness of you. Then there's the Miss Cooly Rocks On for all of you who have an appreciation for all things vintage and pin-up. Held on Friday 11 June from 4-6pm on the Coolangatta Beachfront, this Pageant highlights the synergy between the Vintage Glamour of the 40s, 50s & 60s, the Pin-Up culture and community of the modern-day times. Hit the town for an evening filled with class and elegance as eight finalists compete for the crown and title in the same three categories as Miss Rockabilly.


If moovin' and shakin' is your thing, you'll find talented local Dancers perform to everyone's favourite rocking hits as you walk down 'Nostalgia Lane' in Coolangatta. From swing to rock 'n' roll, you'll be up on your feet and swinging those hips at Cooly Rocks On 2021. You can grab lunch at one of the local restaurants and be entertained as you watch dancers swing and rock around the clock to some classic hits on Fri, Sat & Sun 11-13 June.

Then of course there's the Harvest Moon Swing Ball on 11 June from 7pm in the Elvis Precinct. Get in early for your tickets or you'll be joining the waiting list. This event is a celebration of the original swing era, and the 1940s style shindig will feature Lucky Seven plus performances by Baartzy's Brew and plenty of dancing taking you on the journey of eras gone by. As if there isn't already a full-on program, there is of course the Vintage Markets as well with more than 200 market stalls. This is where you'll find the largest range of retro goods, vintage finds, nostalgia and memorabilia at the beachside markets from Thursday to Sunday, to get you into the mood and look of the era. Cooly truly Rocks!

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Why? 'Cooly Rocks On' Festival 2021
When: Wed 9 to Sun 13 June 2021 from 9am to 11.30pm AEST
Where: Marine Parade and Griffith St, Coolangatta, QLD
Cost: FREE but MUST REGISTER
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