The lyrics from the TimeWarp are quite an apt description for the TimeWarp Festival held every year since 2015, at the iconic Ricks Garage in Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast. The increasingly popular TimeWarp Festival is becoming such a must-do attraction in the little town of Palmwoods, that visitors basically have to jump to the left, step to the right and do a shimmy, shimmy all down the street, to see all the fabulous attractions this iconic Festival has to offer. Okay, you've got me, the 'shimmy, shimmy all down the street' is my own personal rendition of the classic TimeWarp lyrics.
The little town of Palmwoods is the perfect spot to showcase the annual TimeWarp Festival
The town name, Palmwoods, is derived from the Piccabeen Palm groves growing in the area. The rural township of Palmwoods is near the eastern foothills of the Blackall Range, close to popular family attractions such as The Big Pineapple, which of course is now 'home' to the highest and biggest Tree Top Challenge Adventure Park in Australia.
When the TimeWarp Festival first started four years ago, it was initially held as a private event, commemorating all the things that make Ricks Garage a Sunshine Coast institution, namely, rockabilly music, hot rods and pin-up dress. Add some good quality local food, an electrifying atmosphere and family entertainment to the mix of this fabulous era, and it soon becomes evident why the Time Warp Festival has become so hugely successful in such a short period of time.
Very quickly the Palmwoods Community and Business Association saw the TimeWarp Festival's benefits to the local economy and were very happy to join forces, helping to bring the Festival to what it is today. In 2016 for the very first time in Palmwoods' history, Margaret Street was actually closed, allowing more than seven thousand local and interstate punters to enjoy the revelry at TimeWarp Festival. It was soon becoming apparent that this festival had serious potential.
In 2017 the Sunshine Coast Council's Major Events Department was engaged in providing crucial resources to take the TimeWarp Festival to the next level of festive splendour. Palmwoods Scout Group, Palmwoods Rural Fire Brigade and Palmwoods State School are among the many sponsors, that took advantage of the TimeWarp Festival's 11,000 visitors to raise much-needed funds for the community. Last year, 2018 certainly raised the bar for what a dinky little Sunshine Coast town can achieve with co-operation, organisation and, of course, commitment.
The fabulous entertainment at the TimeWarp Festival will appeal to everyone, delighting the young and the young-at-heart, with retro chic and foot-stomping music.
The TimeWarp Festival will have more than thirty high-quality stalls - priced from $50 per stall, dependant on 'no power' or 'with power' - encompassing everything vintage, rockabilly and Kustom Kulture. Please be aware that in support of Palmwoods community businesses, the organisers of the TimeWarp Festival do not allow food vendors at the event. For any other vendors, who have 'era-appropriate' merchandise and would love to be involved, please register your 3m x 3m stall online here. At the time of writing, the author is aware that twelve sites are still available.
Let's be totally honest here - the bands are entertaining, the memorabilia is unique but … it's really the machines that get visitors returning year after year. Hot rods, rat rods, vintage and American muscle, if your 'beast' was created before 1970, is jaw-dropping phenomenal, out of the box quirky and the best of the best, the TimeWarp Festival want to hear from you. This year, 2019, the TimeWarp Festival organisers are mixing things up a bit with FREE car invitationals. Simply register your vehicle online here and the organisers will get in touch with you. Some fantastic prizes are up for grabs for car entrants!
Everybody who has visited Ricks Garage In Palmwoods, will know that Ricks is known for its bikes and the TimeWarp Festival is the perfect opportunity to showcase these beauties. There will be Trikes, Harleys, café racers and rat bikes … you name it, you will more than likely find it, at TimeWarp Festival. Do you own a bike worth showing off? Register your interest online here. Entry for bikes is a donation at the gate for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. You've got to be in it, to win it!
She's sassy, she's flirtatious and she's glamorous … she's the Pin Up girl, the all-natural American sweetheart, envied by many but loved by more. And she's back! The Time Warp Festival is thrilled to be hosting the much-loved Pin-Up competition again in 2019. With hourglass figures, perfectly curled hair, risqué attitude and decadently divine names like Rosie Luscious, Miss Ava Divine and Miss Curly Sue, the Pin Up competition adds that extra touch of glamour and glitz to the TimeWarp Festival. Ten fabulous, fierce, ultra-feminine females will strut their 'stuff' in order to win your vote for Miss TimeWarp 2019.
Parking is usually plentiful, with perhaps a bit of walking exercise thrown in to get to the main action of TimeWarp Festival. Parking signage, run by the Rural Fire Brigade and Palmwoods Rugby league field, will direct festival-goers to designated areas - all they ask is a kind donation for this service. Parking illegally may cause problems with fellow festival visitors and the police. Don't let a fine ruin your time!
Bookmark the date, rockabilly lovers, TimeWarp Festival 2019 is a fabulous opportunity for the family to shimmy, shimmy down memory lane. With everything vintage, rockabilly and Kustom Kulture being showcased, the 5th Annual TimeWarp Festival in Palmwoods is sure to rock your socks off!
Richard O'Brien's lyrics* All images courtesy of author from 2018 TimeWarp Festival, unless otherwise indicated