The annual GreazeFest Kustom Kulture Festival rocks and rolls back into town this August as the enormously popular rockabilly spectacular returns to both Brisbane and Melbourne for 2015.
Advance tickets are being snapped up quickly with two artist announcements revealing a long and jampacked program of over 30 national and international performers set to get the joint jiving over three days and nights.
Presented by Robot Productions, over 15,000 rock’n’roll fans are destined to flock to the event, which will take place over two consecutive weekends, bringing with it all things rockabilly, vintage and retro. For its 16th year, Brisbane’s Rocklea Showground will come alive from Friday July 31 to Sunday August 2, with thousands of rockabilly and hot rod fans rolling up for their annual dose of “ultra-kool kustom kulture”.
Following the very successful inaugural launch of GreazeFest in Melbourne last year, GreazeFest returns to Sandown Racecourse from Friday August 7 to Sunday August 9, promising to be even bigger and better for its second year.
Headlining the highly anticipated musical program are The Go Getters from Sweden who, in the frozen badlands of Västerås, formed a trio in 1988 that still crackles like a Texas oil fire 25 years on. They describe their custom blend as ‘ass-kickin’, blues-marinated, high-octane, mega-watt rockabilly boogie’.
From Las Vegas, Nevada will be the savage sounds of Will & The Hi-Rollers who had a baptism of fire in 2005 and were snapped up by Californian-based Wild Records, specialising in the world’s hottest rockabilly acts. Their latest record La Diabla is a hybrid of Spanish and English songs offering a fresh take on their signature, rockabilly sound.
Joining them at the top of the bill is the low down rockin’ and-a-reelin’ sounds of New Zealand’s Labretta Suede & The Motel 6, who promise a reckless show with a 50s rock’n’roll influence that is not to be missed. Hailed as the ultimate weekend event of cool cars, rockabilly bands and DJs, fashion parades, pinups, vintage bikes, low-rider cycles, art shows, workshops, pinstripers, tattooists, markets and so much more, organisers said this year is stacking up to be the best yet.
Event organiser Lori Lee Cash said that this year was already proving to be the most anticipated yet with tickets being snatched up as soon as they went live.
“GreazeFest 2015 is promising to be better than ever this year with an amazing line-up of bands, musicians, and artists from all around the country and the world,” Mz Cash said.
“It is so exciting for us to be once again packing up the entire Brisbane festival and then taking the event on the road to Melbourne, complete with the international headliners.
“We pride ourselves on delivering the highest standard of entertainment, and this year we also have an amazing selection of local bands from both Brisbane and Melbourne that are being added to the bill and are sure to bring their own flavour to the already strong line-up,” she said.
More than 150 market stalls will also be on display across the weekends including rockabilly hairdressers, barbers, tattooists, vintage sellers, clothing specialists, automotive traders, vinyl records sellers and era photographers.
California’s own ‘Master of the Fine Line’, Von Hot Rod, returns for his third GreazeFest as a special guest to lay stripes and kustom lines. Considered in the top of international professionals of pinstriping, Von Hot Rod will be conducting special pinstriping workshops for dedicated students, and will be striping throughout the two weekends.
Another highlight of GreazeFest is the two day Hot Rod Show with more than 700 hot rods driving from across the nation and the Kustom Art Show displaying Australian paintings, tiki carvings, metal sculptures, photography and pinstriped works. The pinups and glamour icons of the 1940s and 1950s had a distinct influence on the culture and style of the era, and vintage fashions will be front row at the GreazeFest Fashion Parades and Pinup Parades. Attracting a broad kaleidoscope of people who share a love for all things rockabilly, everyone is encouraged to join in on the fun with plenty on offer for all ages.
GreazeFest Kustom Kulture Festival 2015
Brisbane – Friday 31 July – Sunday 2 August, Rocklea Showground, 1430 Ipswich Road (Service Road) corner of Goburra Street, Rocklea
Melbourne – Friday 7 August – Sunday 9 August, Sandown Racecourse, 591 – 659 Princes Highway, Springvale