The festival actually kicks off on Friday 9 February at Whittlesea Bowls Club, 101 Church St, Whittlesea, for a night of music from 7pm and entry to the show is free. However, if you're after a dinner and show, you'll need to call the Bowls Club (9716 1966) to make a reservation for a table. Performers on the night are 5 Time Victorian and National Country Music Award Winner Paul Costa and Eddie Rorke Band (subject to change).
The Main Event on Saturday 10 February runs from 10am to 2pm. This years street party will be taking on a new look with Buskers along the main street and Word Weavers reading poetry for your enjoyment. There won't be any market stalls but Church Street Traders will be open on the day for some fine food, so please show your support. There's also an animal farm, face painting, jumping castle and horse and cart rides for some family fun and to keep the kids happy.
Come 3pm to 9pm, the Twilight Concert commences at Walker Reserve with live music, culminating in fireworks later in the evening, weather permitting. There'll be rides in the carnival corner and food stalls, so bring a rug, chair or picnic (or you could purchase food from the stalls) and enjoy the atmosphere of the night. Please note it's a glass free event, so bring out your plastics.
The term 'live music' is used loosely here, as what you'll be facing are the giants of the music industry. Headline act Eurogliders are a celebrated indie pop band who formed in 1980 in Perth, WA. Since then, they've been up the rock charts with hit singles and more. Australian rock music historian Ian McFarlane described them as 'the accessible face of post punk new wave music'.
Hands up, those who remember The Chantoozies! They got together for a one-off gig at the renowned Melbourne Underground nightclub, but an overwhelming response had them continue as one of Australia's favourite girl bands. Having shared the stage with many top Australian bands, they went on to sell over 300,000 records, receiving Gold and Platinum status throughout the 80's and 90's.
Troy Kemp has carved out his solo career (used to be one half of award-winning duo McAlister Kemp) and gone from strength to strength, picking up more than a few accolades. In 2016 he was Planet Country Radio Awards "Male Artist" and "Australian Artist" of the Year. In 2017 Troy was Co-writer on the Travis Collins song "Hometown Calling" which was up for Toyota "Heritage Song of the Year" at the Golden Guitar Awards at Tamworth Country Music Festival.
In mid-March, Troy was named the 2017 Frank Ifield, International Spur Award winner which saw his single "Small Town Girl" climb to the #3 position on the U.K and European Hotdisc Country Chart. Say no more. Along the way, he's picked up a whole new fan base.
Joining the Twilight Concert also are Viper Creek Band - Country Rock with high energy and boundless enthusiasm; Iain Archibald Band - floats on a spectrum between Country & Hard/Southern Rock; and The Gami Gami Devils - Country Blues, a 6 piece family band playing country originals and covers with a twist.
Check out all else there is to see and do in Whittlesea, if you're up for having a leisurely weekend in the country, washing away the stress from your brows. Check the website for further details and stay updated via the Facebook page as lineup is subject to change. Don't miss what promises to be an AMAZING event!