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Motor City Music Festival 2015

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What is a Motor City Music Festival? It's a music festival with something for everyone. There is rock and roll for the grown ups in licensed venues and a family day for the children, teenagers, grandparents - in fact the event covers all ages on Sunday at the family day.
Motor City Music Festival, Geelong
Motor City Music Festival, Geelong

Bringing a Music Festival to a City

When Geelong didn't have its own music festival, Hugo T Armstrong (from the team at Bay City Events, creators and operators of the famous Queenscliff Blues Train) brought the Geelong "Motor City Music Festival" to our great city.

So why do the advertisments and bill boards say "Geetroit"?

It's a bit of a play on words! Detroit, in the United States, was dubbed Motor City due to its domination of car production. When Ford came along in 1925, Geelong was also dubbed Motor City. Adding a bit of Gen-Y irony, and taking it one step further, Geelong has become widely known as Geetroit, Australia's own motor city.

Something for Everyone
INXSIVE Tribute Band
INXSIVE Tribute Band

At Geelong's own music festival, the Motor City Music Festival, there is something for everyone. And as all the headlines state - Geetroit Rocks!

At the Geelong Showgrounds, from Friday 6th March to Sunday 8th March there is a lot going on at the Motor City Music Festival. At the fully licensed venue, Friday and Saturday, there are five stages for your entertainment. This part of the event is for over 18s only and you can rock and roll all day and all night.

Geelong City has so much to offer and the Geetroit Motor City Music Festival is just one more event on our calendar of great things to do and see in Geelong and the region.The Geetroit Motor City Music Festival is proudly supported by the City of Greater Geelong.

Friday night

Friday night at the Motor City Music Festival, at the over 18s event, rock and roll on the grass at one of the stages, or sing the blues at the next stage. Purchase a ticket, rock at the five stages or out in the open. Bring a rug to sit on, grab some food from the food vans, and dance the night away with your friends.

Buy a single day ticket or a double day pass for Friday and Saturday. Some of the acts on Friday night include Claude Hay, Chris Wilson Band, Painters and Dockers, Electric Mary, The Black Sorrows, AD/DSHE, Broderick Smith and more.
Electric Mary - Motor City Music Festival
Electric Mary - Motor City Music Festival


Saturday at the Motor City Music Festival is Blues and Roots night, with over 18s only. Featured are some of the best artists in Australian Blues and Roots across three stages. Acts include Cass Eager & the Velvet Rope, Geoff Achison with Chris Wilson, Lloyd Spiegel, Pugsley Buzzard, Sammy Owen Blues Band, the Honeytones, the Detonators and more.

Saturday Tributes

At the Southern Cross Stage, you can check out the hottest tribute acts, back to back, for over 10 hours.

Tribute bands include Guns N Roses Tribute Show, Credence Clearwater Recycled, INXSIVE - The INXS Tribute Show, Rhiannon - A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, Shed Zeppelin, and To Hell & Back - Australia's Tribute to Meatloaf. There are other tribute bands so check out the line up.


On Sunday, at the family friendly day, bring the family and experience the fun of the showground with carnival rides, as well as a wider choice of music, food vans, market stalls, and free parking.

Sunday at Motor City Music Festival the country comes to the coast. Come and listen to James Blundell, Amber Lawrence, Travis Collins, Doug Bruce & the Tailgaters and others.
James Blundell - Motor City Music Festival
James Blundell - Motor City Music Festival

On Sunday night, the festival weekend finale will be a fireworks display at 8.45pm. Come along and enjoy a large range of music geared to all ages and tastes, try out some of the gourmet food, and there are well stocked events at the over 18s events with carnival rides and market stalls.

You can get pass outs on Sunday, and come and go as you want, spend a few hours at the Geelong Showground during the day and come back for the fireworks.
Fireworks, Motor City Music Festival
Fireworks, Motor City Music Festival

Enter the Geelong Showgrounds via the main entrance on Breakwater Road. There is free and unlimited parking. Free parking, tribute shows, fireworks and a family day! Sounds like a great way to spend the weekend. Check out the Motor City Music Festival website for ticket prices and to see the entire line-up of performers.

All images sourced from Motor City Music Festival website.
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Why? rock and roll, dancing, gourmet food, tribute bands, children's entertainment
When: 6.00pm start on Friday 6th March
Phone: 03 5258 4343
Where: Geelong Showgrounds 79 Breakwater Road Geelong
Cost: varying prices for tickets
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