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Posted 2023-09-18 by Peter Hancockfollow

Fri 13 Oct 2023 - Sun 15 Oct 2023

Moonlighters to Rock Hills Weekend

The Moonlighters at Gidgestock

Perth party band the Moonlighters are among the performers appearing at this year’s three-day Gidgestock music festival in the Perth Hills.

The six-piece band will perform on Saturday, October 14 from 7pm to 7.45pm followed by Bradley Hall, Dr Souls, The U-Nites and Coastal Drift.

The Moonlighters back at Gidgestock in 2023

Gidgestock on the 50-acre grounds of Treechange Rise at Gidgegannup runs from October 13 to 15.

The Friday night features Face the Day, The Rough Housers, Brandon Poletti and the Eagleton Brothers and Chain Reaction.

Plenty of space to spread out on the 50 acre property

Sunday features the Bev Abela Band, The Catherine Wheels, Blues Confusion and Pentology.
The Moonlighters have been entertaining local audiences since 2009.

Moonlighters, lead vocalist, Margie J, is a teacher by day who plays the drums in pipe bands and has performed several times at the Edinburgh Tattoo and loves classic rock/pop.

The band’s drummer Colin J, a company CEO by day is a fan of rock, pop and crooners.

Nev Carrington is an adviser by day, was a Battle of the Bands winner in 1982 and plays guitar. His favourite style of music is post-rock.

Campfires and camping at Gidgestock

Guitarist and vocalist Stew’s first ever gig was as a Year 7 student singing “Pub With No Beer” at a school concert. His day job is a school music teacher, and his favourite music is rock/pop/folk/hip-hop and acoustic.

Greg Rimmer who plays rhythm guitar and keyboards is a retired engineer whose favourite music is classic rock and pop and anything with a great rhythm.

Bass player Tony is a Director of Policy for the government by day, and hates cabaret music but loves rock and roll and country rock. His nickname is Ice Man and he is also a previous Battle of the Bands winner.

Band leader Colin says the band has modified its music a little over the years.

It's about getting people up to dance and playing music that appeals to the particular audience they are entertaining.

He says if it’s a wedding you can't play all rock songs.

A wide range of bands will take to the stage

The band has introduced music from people like Miley Cyrus and Counting Crows and is not so much about all the Angels and ACDC music it used to feature. Now it's a mixture of both.

Colin has been at Gidgestock for the last eight years and says the atmosphere is amazing with a friendly, family atmosphere where everyone comes to listen to the music and have a good time.

There are areas where people can get away from the crowd if they want to, if the music of the moment doesn’t appeal or they need a break.

There are plenty of areas to get away on the 50-acre block, to go and get some food, or take a stroll.

From food trucks to face painting there are plenty of activities for the family

The owners of the property Steve and Jo Mitcham hold the event for charity.

They’ve built an amphitheatre which has been improved every year with better amenities, better lighting and high-quality toilets.

There are food vans, face painting, and market stalls, making it a fun weekend away.

Just 45 minutes from Perth city, more than 20 live bands will play, there are campfires, rustic camping and dancing under the stars and on Sunday morning a hearty cooked breakfast.

The musicians, stage crew and volunteers all donate their time.

Ticket prices start from free for infants, (0-4) and range up to $150 for final-release adult tickets for the weekend including camping.

Tickets are available from here.

Last year Gidgestock raised $38,000 for the West and East Gidgegannup Volunteer Fire Services and the Leukaemia Foundation. It has now raised a total of $140,000 for charity.


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